Things that stand the test of time. like Scouting, begin with instinctive inspirations before they are explained scientifically. A growing field of psychotherapy recognizes the benefits derived from direct contact with the natural world. Traditional therapies look inward for answers while ecopsychotherapy allows answers to be derived from contact with the natural environment.
Scoutmasters have seen the benefits of getting out in nature on their Scouts for many years. Nature calms and focuses, soothes and quiets.
For example Dr. David Busch agrees with a growing number of mental health professionals who believe that many people suffering from mental/emotional issues could be helped by spending more time connecting with nature. Consequently, his private practice, Wind From The Mountain Renewal Center, is located on 55 acres adjoining the Rich Mountain Wilderness Area of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The video shows how he uses nature therapy to help children with ADD and ADHD.