Kind World Explorers
Families Building Communities of Compassion
In partnership with UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, Camp Kindness Counts provides parents with research-based resources to raise kind, resilient kids through our "Families Building Communities of Compassion" initiative. Programming aims to help parents foster caring and courageous character in their children through character development, social emotional well-being and community development. We provide parents with resources at our Family Service Events, Camps, Parenting Workshops, through a Speaker Series, on our website's character resource portal, and lastly through the Kind World Explorers™ resources addressed on this page. There are 16 organizations partnering in Greater Good Science Center's global parenting initiative.
Kind World Explorers™
The Kind World Explorers guidebook provides parents with activities and example conversations that families can have to help foster 12 specific character strengths in children and in the family unit: Gratitude, Generosity, Forgiveness, Awareness, Authenticity, Compassion, Empathy, Love, Flexibility, Collaboration, Curiosity and Perseverance. Character strengths such as Purpose, Humility and Reliability are also highlighted in the guidebook. Each youth participant receives a Kind World Passport booklet to reflect in during their character development journey! For groups implementing the Kind World Explorer curriculum, Camp Kindness Counts staff also conduct (optional) research-based parenting workshops to complement the curriculum.
Kind WORLD Explorers™ GUIDEBOOK "activity book"
The Kind World Explorers guidebook is set up to develop 12 Character Strengths through three themes:
My World explores our connection to our self, and our ability to use our Character Strengths to take care of ourselves through self-awareness, emotional expression, and mindfulness activities.
Your World explores social connections -- sharing Character Strengths to connect with and make an impact on the experiences of others.
Our World explores global connections -- sharing Character Strengths with those we may never actually meet, but can make an impact on the experience of.
For each Character Strength, two activities will be presented for each theme. Groups “complete” a Character Strength by completing one activity in each theme. Each guidebook contains activities related to three Character Strengths.
Kind World Passport™
The Kind World Passport is used as a reflection tool for kids of families using Kind World Explorers guidebooks! As kids complete the activities, they will also take the time to reflect on what they did and how they felt in their Kind World Passports! Kids can track progress and receive recognition in their Kind World Passport with a special "Achieved" sticker!
Character Strength Parenting Workshop (optional)
This workshop offers character development research, self-care, and parenting tools, as well as introduces parents to the notion of Kind World Explorers.
With the workshop, parents will:
Gain character development tools and self-care tools for challenges within themselves and with their children and friends
Understand the methods and evidence of role modeling, inductive parenting, and global community engagement
See Kind World Explorers guidebook as a means to foster character development in children while practicing and expanding ideas learned at the workshop
Who can start a Kind World Explorers Club?
Start a Kind World Explorers Club with your own family or gather some friends and set up a regular meeting time for activities. PTSAs, scouting organizations, homeschooling groups, houses of worship, or other parent-led organizations may also find the Kind World Explorer Club to be a good fit to add to their programming. Your Kind World Explorer community is entirely yours to build!
How old should kids be to participate in a Kind World Explorers Club?
The Kind World Explorer Club curriculum was designed primarily for kids ages 5-11 years. However, groups have successfully adapted the activities to include both younger and older kids than the target age range.
How often do Kind World Explorers Clubs meet and what is the timeline for progressing through the curriculum?
The Kind World Explorer Club guidebook is set up to be entirely flexible to the needs and schedules of the families who are coming together. Groups can meet once per week, twice a month or once per month. You also have the option of creating a schedule to complete some activities as a group while completing others with just your family, during times you don't meet as a group!
The progression through the curriculum is up to the individual group (groups may choose to do one activity from the guidebook at each meeting, or complete all three activities for a specific character strength at each meeting). Each activity takes between 10-40 minutes depending on the size of the group and how much time you want to take for conversation and reflection.
We ask that Kind World Explorers Club leaders make an effort to complete at least 9 activities related to the three character strengths in their guidebook within 9 months after receiving the materials.
If your group finishes one guidebook and wants to explore more character strengths, there are additional guidebooks to explore! There are four Kind World Explorers Club guidebooks in total, each containing activities that relate to three different character strengths.
How do I start a Kind World Explorers Club?
If you have a group of interested parents, or would like to start a Kind World Explorer Club as an individual family, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting to go over the curriculum and get Kind World Explorer passports for the children participating in your Club.
More questions? Check out the Kind World Explorer Club FAQ page.