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Research shows camping helps improve mental health and physical fitness

Posted on in Outdoor News

This year the theme for the National Camping and Caravanning Week was ‘Get Kids Outdoors with Camping'.

The Camping and Caravanning Club challenged families and schools to get kids off the sofa and into the great outdoors for National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW) in June.

To support the ‘Get Kids Outdoors with Camping' theme, the Club conducted research that shows camping helps improve kids' overall mental health and physical fitness.

The research findings follow last year's NCCW, which showed that children who camp at least once a year go on to do better at school, as well as being happier and healthier, according to their parents.

Around a third of adults believe they were much happier as a child themselves, with a startling 100% of these stating the reason for this being that they spent more time outdoors, interacting with other children rather than sitting in front of a screen, like much of today's younger generation.

The survey also revealed that around nine in ten (89%) adults believe that spending more time outdoors and going on camping trips would help improve children's social skills and mental health, because it would teach them how to interact, adapt and operate in real life and practical situations. Yet almost half (47%) admit their children don't spend enough time outdoors and nearly three quarters (72%) say their children spend more time indoors than outdoors.

Robert Louden MBE, Director General at the Club, said: "Once again we're aiming to get kids active and into the outdoors, and I hope many have a go at completing our Get Kids Outdoors Camping Challenge, either at school or home.

"Activities span the entire curriculum, including subjects like science and maths. Our research last year showed these ranked highly among the subjects better understood by children that camp."

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