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Kelty's Cause


The Problem

When, as a society, did we lose our “outside voices?”

Parents spend their time shuffling from commute to carpool to curbside pickup; kids look down at devices instead of scanning the skies for animal-shaped clouds. We ALL suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD).


The Solution

At Kelty, we’ve made it our mission to find the Cure for the Common Kid: a path to families spending more time outside—and encouraging kids to do what they were born to do.

In fact, studies show that just five minutes in nature can raise spirits, reduce stress, increase focus and foster physical wellbeing. That’s science talk for “playing in the dirt is good clean fun.”

We’re partnering with other like-minded organizations to offer gear and financial support, we’re planning outside adventures for kids in our communities, and we’re providing tips and tricks to help get more kids outside on the regular.


5 Get Outside Quick Tips


Take 5 minutes or 5 days

Spend just five minutes in nature, and you can raise spirits, reduce stress, increase focus and foster physical well-being. Here are quick ideas- now imagine what you can do with 5 days.

  • Go for a walk
  • Play on the swing in your backyard or at the park
  • Bike instead of drive to get an ice cream
  • Play a game of catch, basketball or hopscotch in the driveway
  • Play tag or hide & seek
  • Blow bubbles
  • Fly a Kite
  • Draw on the sidewalk with chalk or play tic tac toe

Decrease Screen Time

Teens on average spend 8 hours/day on a screen between messages, social media, gaming & streaming tv/video. Set a time limit on screen time and send ‘em outside.


Get Dirty

A little bit of dirt never hurt anybody. In fact, it’s good for you. Microbes in the environment play an important role in regulating our immune system.

  • Plant a garden or herbs in pots
  • Ride bikes through the mud puddles instead of around them 
  • Go hiking or camping

Get Active

Increase physical activity = developed muscles, motor skills, healthy weight and more. Try to work in weekly to daily activity. The options are endless.

  • Walk, run, skip or hike
  • Bike
  • Rollerblade
  • Scoot
  • Hula Hoop
  • Skateboard
  • Play Sports


Spending time outside increase the possibility we ensure our kids become the next stewards and protectors of our natural landscapes and allows teaching opportunities for parents. Teachable moments: 

  • Leave no trace practices
  • Trail etiquette
  • Wildlife awareness

How we are helping:


Bike to Work Day

June 27th is Bike to Work Day! Kelty team members will be biking to work and then partnering with Wish for Wheels to build bikes for kids! 25 total bikes + helmets will go to  kids in low income communities to help get them outside and bring health and happiness to their lives!


Tell Us Your Story

How has getting outside helped your kids or family? Do you have a story or experience to share?

Whether it be mentally, physically, overcoming serious injury or just overall happiness and well-being in quality time spent outdoors, we want to hear and share your stories! Please complete the form below:


Cure for the Common Kid Support


Whether one kid at a time or a whole bunch, Kelty wants to help where we can!


If you know of an organization, non-profit, children’s group or even a family who could benefit from Cure for the Common Kid, please submit an application below. Kelty will select one application quarterly to receive a $500 grant or gear equivalent to help kids get outside! Providing a grant or gear opportunity for nominated organizations or families allows us to reach further into communities across the country.