It almost seems as if life keeps getting busier and busier. In the winter months, weeks can go by before we realize all our time has been spent indoors. But going outside isn’t just an option to consider if you have children. Here’s why kids need outdoor fun, and why parents should encourage it.
1. Kids Are Happier – Studies have found that kids who play and explore outside are less stressed. Being outside for more than just a few minutes, allows a child to slow down to a natural pace where time seems to disappear. A child isn’t necessarily waiting for anything to happen outside. They are able to notice other things besides the next text message, or to see if anyone responded to a post. They can take a break from the glowing screen. And when they do, there is a huge world out there. Outside, they can discover themselves as they decide what to do, what to pursue and what to look at. Outdoor experiences provide new options and challenges.
2. Kids Are Healthier – Outside, kids have no choice but to be active whether it’s just walking around or doing something fun like hiking or playing. As little as 30 minutes a day of activity can make a huge difference to your child’s health and help them to build a strong immune system and relieve pent up anxieties. Introducing a child to fun outdoor activities is a
positive thing that can become a good habit with the help of a parents influence. At Camp Timberlake summer camp our counselors are trained to help children enjoy the outdoors. Summer camp is the perfect opportunity for your child to enjoy being outside in the fresh air with peers in carefully selected and developed outdoor programs.
Your child can enjoy the benefits of outdoor fun with friends at camp or with the family. Outside activities can help to strengthen self esteem, give kids a chance to interact with others socially and allow them to be part of a team. Children can gain a sense of accomplishment learning or enhancing their outdoor skills.
3. Helps kids to Focus – Nature is pretty amazing in all it’s
intricicies, patterns and interwoven parts. Being outside is unique in that all senses can be stimulated at the same time, and a child’s wonder can expand as they spend more time to notice their surroundings. There is no substitute for what
nature can contribute to a child’s development and learning.
4. It’s Easy and Fun – The benefits of being outdoors can be easily obtained by simply stepping outside, and can develop into more interesting choices that are endless in possibilities. Being outside together can build bonds with family and friends, and the more you make it a regular part of your life, the more you’ll realize there’s really nothing else quite like it.
Camp Timberlake in North Carolina is a safe and comfortable sleep away summer camp, that is encouraging, challenging and rewarding as it will help to teach your son independence and build his self confidence over the summer.
Camp Timberlake Christian Summer Camp for Boys offers exciting activities, camp traditions, opportunities to meet new friends and time to enjoy the great outdoors.
To find out more about our summer camp for boys in North Carolina, please call us at (828) 669-8766.