Want to take the kids camping? Here are 10 top reasons to get a camper trailer or tent and kick them off young.
Fair dinkum, we spend so much time spinning on that mouse wheel. And if we think about it, it really isn’t that much different for kids. During the term, kids spend almost a third of their waking week at school, so why not head bush for some laughs and show them what life’s really about?
When kids are camping they’re off figuring out things, meeting new people, and learning responsibility, which helps them feel better about themselves and to grow into capable and well-rounded people.
In this have-a-medal-for-coming world, kids quickly conclude they’re at its centre. But camping keeps it real and lets them see there are things beyond them that really matter. See that tree? It’s 300 years old… And that snail fossil? Forty-million years ago this area was a sea.
Whether they’re hooking live bait, busy climbing trees, playing with sticks or simply splashing in puddles; getting a bit of dirt under their fingernails can hone that can-do attitude, which will carry them throughout their life.
Life can be jarring and it’s easy to disconnect but camping really engages the senses. Food tastes better, the sounds and smells are calm and inviting, and when kids have the time to explore their environment it’s amazing what they’ll figure out for themselves.
Let’s face it: kids have too many toys and not enough time but camping redresses the balance by providing space away from it all (digital or otherwise), and presents them with rocks and trees to climb, sticks to play with and mysterious tracks to supercharge their imaginations.
If you download the latest app, you can ‘conquer the world’ with one quick swipe, but it’s nice to know not everything is easy. Feeling cold? Chuck on a jumper! Hungry? Pitch in! Consensus is the cornerstone of camping and that can hurt but if there’s enough to inspire them, kids will rise above it. It’s no accident that success and the ability to deal with adversity are related.
Seeing your children learn and thrive away from the stresses of home can help you engage with them in positive ways. You’ll an your kids will remember those fond memories at camp well beyond the stress of that latest bill. You’ll discover, too, how capable they really are, which is good for you and them.
It’s amazing the energy kids expend at camp. There are so many fun things to do and places to explore, whether it’s catching waves on the beach, tackling a challenging rocky full-body climb up a hill, or simply paddling a canoe down a river. Camping can really test their physical limits.
Many of us who make an effort to holiday and enjoy the great outdoors fondly remember camping as kids. After all, few things are better than enjoying nature away from the mundanity of day-to-day life. By getting the kids into camping you’ll not only provide them with amazing childhood memories but you just may inspire a lifetime of adventures for years to come.
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