5 Reasons Your Kids Will Love Camping

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When it comes to getting away from it all, there are very few activities that beat camping. As it happens, it’s also a family-friendly activity that helps establish a connection to nature that is both a pathway to increased physical activity and better mental health.

And another good thing is that camping is fun for children and adults alike, something that can provide great shared experiences that will live in memories for a lifetime.

Simply put, camping provides a wonderful way to encourage family bonding by removing the family from their everyday lives and at the same time generating some excitement, which is another way of pushing boundaries and comfort zones to establish new abilities and confidence. This is one of the major reasons camping often becomes tradition in many families.

Now it’s a safe bet to say that children don’t play outside as much as they used to, say forty or fifty years ago. But that is also what makes camping so special. You can be confident you’re your kids will appreciate the chance to unplug from technology and see what nature has to offer (though there may be some grumbling at first), even if they need some time to adjust.

Here are some of the 5 main reasons why your kids will love spending their time camping with you:

1. Being in Contact with Nature

When we are young most of us find being an explorer comes naturally. Children can lose themselves in the act of exploring their natural surroundings, climbing trees, skipping stones across a pond, taking a closer inspection of the plants and flowers and everything else they find in the wild. Camping gives them a perfect opportunity to do this.

Undoubtedly this is probably the best reason to go camping even if it is something you have never tried before. It can open a whole new perspective on the world. The Japanese even have a name for it – they call it forest bathing and it is a popular recreation in Japan. It is simply placing yourself in a natural setting and paying attention to what is around you whether it is animals or insects or the trees or birds that inhabit them. It can calm and relax you as well as excite. It’s like a tonic for the mind and body.

2. Exercise in the great outdoors

Being active is a vital part of any child’s physical and mental development. For most, running around like little maniacs comes easily (at least, it certainly did to my three children) And what better exercise can there be than swimming in a lake or river, running along a beach, gathering wood for a campfire and doing all the things that make camping so much fun.

Now, if your child is one who isn’t all that naturally active, don’t worry. This is your chance to show them how much enjoyment can be found outside. Just being in the fresh air will do them good. Create a compendium of outdoor games that they might play to keep themselves occupied. If they are doing this for the first time, the odds are they will feel like more. Plus, they’ll get a great night’s sleep if they are all tuckered out.

3. Making New Friends

It’s almost certain that no matter where you go camping these days there will be other people about. Lots of families enjoy camping and, particularly during summer, they flock to camping sites be they near beaches, on rivers or in designated parks. Making friends with the kids at the next site is almost a foregone conclusion. Kids are drawn together during trips like this, especially after dinner during the twilight before bedtime. Meeting new people help kids shed shyness and become more confident and is something parents can encourage.

4. Being involved and living in the moment

One of the great advantages of camping is that you become responsible for your own comfort. You don’t have a bed that mum or dad has made for you. You have a camping mattress or cot with a sleeping bag that you need to keep in order. You can’t order takeaway but instead, need to make your food either on a camp cooker or over a fire. OK, yes you could take pre-prepared food if you wish but what would be the fun in that? Getting the kids to help in food preparation can be one of the shining lights of a camping experience, allowing them to learn new skills and be creative about their approach – not just to food but everything about the camp. Problem-solving is part of the experience and that has a positive flow-on to other parts of their lives.

5. Enjoying beauty

There is nothing quite like watching the sunrise while you are camping. It’s one of life’s great joys. Watching the first – or last – of the sun’s rays can be a source of joy and serenity that is hard to beat no matter where you are. Whether you are on a lake, on a river, on a mountain or in a valley, the experience is always unique to that locality and time, almost like your own personal display of nature.

Kids can love these displays as much as adults. And because this is something they probably don’t get to see all the time; it can become something they love. Along the way, they’ll also develop a greater respect for nature and the natural world, something that is increasingly important for all of us. Get out there and have some fun.

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