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With the last few weeks of summer upon us, we have to take full final advantage of camping season! We love camping here at EcoParent and we hope you do too! Do you ever find yourself stuck trying to think up new and fun recipes to make over your lovely open fire? Remeber, camp food can be fun! After all, it's not every day you get to cook a meal over an open wood fire. Try this recipe for your next camping trip!
Every month this summer, we have given you a breakdown of why camping is such an awesome activity for you and your family. If we haven't convinced you yet, here are 7 MORE reasons to enjoy a weekend in the great outdoors!
No matter how many times you go camping, the situations you find yourself in will always change. Whether it’s a new campsite, weather pattern, companions, or whatever, you can always expect the unexpected. Conversely, when you are at home there is less need to adapt to your environment because you can make the environment suit your needs.
We live in a time with increased risk to our climate and our natural ecosystems. In order to appreciate and protect what we have it is important to introduce kids to the natural beauty of our planet. Camping is a great way to get kids outside and experience the raw beauty of nature. Chance encounters with wildlife, breaths of fresh air and exploring natural ecosystems can have a lasting impact on kid’s lives.
Kids who are given an opportunity to interact with nature will benefit from it. Many urban communities do not have extensive green space or even the ability to appreciate the night sky. Something as simple as a walk in the woods or taking the time to star gaze somewhere without light pollution can inspire a world of wonder and fuel a child’s imagination. There is not a lot of room for toys when camping and kids can learn to appreciate new forms of entertainment including story telling, cooking, walking, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Camping sets a foundation of skills that can be applied later on in life. Camping helps one learn about basic survival including how to make a fire, pitch a tent, forage and fish for food, navigate in the woods, build shelter, etc. It can also help kids become more confident swimmers, hikers, fishers, and canoe/kayakers.
One can only truly appreciate what they have once everything is stripped away. When camping it is a humble reminder to appreciate what you have.
Camping can be a great way to relax. When camping WIFI is not easily accessible and it can be useful to distance yourself from electronics. Some kids will have trouble leaving toys behind, but offer them new activities like cards or board games that are fun and family oriented.