Warmer weather and sunnier days are fast approaching. As you think about what you want to do with your free time this summer, you should consider camping. Personally, we love camping. It’s an experience that cannot be replicated by any other. Being out in nature is something that we need as human beings. Children, especially, can really benefit from a camping experience.
Every time we go camping, our kids really enjoy it. Our kids enjoy being outdoors anyway, so camping comes a bit more naturally to them. We have been on several camping trips with our trusty tent and enjoyed every minute of it. Cooking over a campfire, exploring the outdoors, and having family time without a bunch of modern gadgets competing for our attention makes it a much better experience than any other getaway opportunity.
8 Reasons You Should Take Your Kids Camping
1. Kids can learn valuable skills.
Camping can teach kids skills they can’t learn anywhere else. What kind of skills? Take a look at these 25 survival skills for kids for a start. Camping provides an amazing opportunity to help kids learn these skills.
2. Nature is much more entertaining than TV or video games.
Kids have way too much screen time now. Their days often revolve around TV, computers, video games, and handheld devices. The world is passing them, and everyone else, by and no one even notices. Get out into the great outdoors and leave the gadgets behind for a truly fun experience that none of those gadgets can even hope to replicate.
3. It’s budget friendly.
Hotels are expensive. On the contrast, camping doesn’t cost much at all. In fact, there are many, many places you can camp for free across the country. Taking a road trip and going camping is much more budget friendly than staying in pricey hotels while on vacation. You’ll be able to see more and go more often if you camp. What a great way to let your kids see the states without breaking the bank.
4. You can really connect.
Social media, smart phones, computers, emails, instantaneous news. They all mean we are connected to what’s going on in the world around us. Yet, we’re all disconnected as a family unit. Staring at the TV, the phone, the iPad. Get outside and your kids will open up and you’ll really start to communicate and become closer and more connected as a family.
5. They grow up too fast.
Your kids will be grown and gone before you can blink your eyes. Spend quality time with them. Rushing around all week to work and get stuff done. Setting up agendas for your next vacation. That’s not what it’s all about. Time stops when you’re camping. It slows down and you can take things in. Kids grow up fast, take the opportunity to slow down and relish the moment.
6. It will keep them (and you) healthy.
Camping affords the benefit of getting away from polluted city air to breathe fresh, cleaner air. Our circadian rhythms will reset due to the fact we are living by the sun and moon instead of by the nearest lamp. It also lends numerous opportunities to be active. Whether it’s a simple game of frisbee, a trip fishing, or a hike in the nearby area… those are all active solutions to our otherwise sedentary lifestyles.
7. It will help them appreciate and enjoy nature.
We could all stand a little more time in nature and a little less time stuffed inside. It helps everyone become a little more connected with their natural surrounds. This can encourage cleaning up and taking care of the planet we call home. It provides an opportunity to see how wonderful and beautiful our natural surroundings really are. Completely unfiltered.
8. It’s fun!
It really is fun to go out and camp. There are experiences and memories that you cannot get with any other endeavor. Get out and try it, you’ll be amazed at home much fun you all have and the great memories you’ll make in the process.