How better can a village support its future generations than by providing them with opportunities and a place to learn, socialize, play and contribute, all under the care and supervision of its adults? Village residents have a long history of leading children’s groups, such as Sparks, Brownies, and Girl Guides. They currently lead two youth-focused environmental groups that meet in the Community Hall to play games, learn about the environment and discuss local and global issues, and plan ways to provide service to the community. Major annual services include coordinating annual Earth Day and tree-planting.
We believe in raising our children to be compassionate, informed, and generous with each other and their environment. The Community Hall, the Millpond and the surrounding lands provide a focal point for the activities which foster these values. They are a natural catalyst for education about safeguarding our living environment, meeting the needs of a growing, technologically-driven society while still cherishing our history. This central Village resource also integrates the man-made with the natural environment in a sustainable and mutually satisfying manner.
The young people of Eden Mills regularly volunteer at community events, as well as organizing and staging their own. In 2011, some local youth formed a campaign to raise funds for disadvantaged children. Their biggest event was Hopscotch 4 Hope, which involved painting the world’s longest (5.5 kilometers, the new Guinness World Record!) hopscotch course on the roads of Eden Mills, then inviting people to hop, walk, or run it. They stayed on to eat, listen to live music and participate in a silent auction. The young people raised $22,000 through this effort.