Children who camp outdoors at least once a year will go on to do better at school, as well as being healthier and happier, according to their parents.
This is the finding of a research study carried out by the Institute of Education at Plymouth University and the Camping and Caravanning Club.
Nearly 600 camping families, members of the Club, responded to an in-depth survey. Parents and children around the UK were asked a series of questions, which looked at the educational and underpinning psychological and social benefits of camping to children of all ages.
- The research found that more than 4 out of 5 parents thought camping had a positive effect on their children’s school education.
- It showed that 98% of parents said camping makes their kids appreciate and connect with nature; 95% said their kids were happier when camping; and 93% felt that it provided useful skills for later life
- Many parents reported that escaping technology (laptops, tablets, mobiles, etc) is a good thing for their children
- 52% of tent campers felt cooking when camping and a positive effect on their children’s learning
- 83% of children took part in free play during their last camping holiday
- 80% took part in nature walks
- 71% seaside visits
- 71% woodland visits
- The top 5 national curriculum subjects better understood by camping: Geography, Science, History, English, Maths