Camping is truly an experience that is hard to describe. I have so many memories from my childhood of sitting around the campfire as a family or exploring the wilderness. These are the same camping memories I want to pass down to my children. Camping is not a great fit for everyone. The idea of being outdoors can be kind of awful if you aren’t much of an outdoors person. However, if you aren’t sure if you should take your kid camping, here are some reasons why you should.
6 Reasons Why You Should Take Your Kids Camping
Camping will teach your kids survival skills
Camping is kind of like surviving in the woods. Some campsites have bathrooms and other luxuries, but even despite those, there is a little bit of survival required to make it out in the woods. Without the help of Google and other devices, you are forced to actually learn those survival skills. Teaching your kid how to cook without appliances and how to start a fire are great skills!
Camping allows your kids to disconnect
Disconnecting from devices and the real world for a while is a blessing. You can take a breath of the fresh air and spend some time outdoors. When you are constantly plugged in, disconnecting can be a great thing! Camping forces you to disconnect from the real world and spend time in nature instead.
Camping encourages real quality time
Family nights are amazing, and there are so many board game nights and family movie nights that I will remember forever. When you are camping, the quality time you spend together is different. Roasting s’mores over a campfire and snuggling together in a tent are things you just don’t get from a game night at home.
Camping teaches your kids to vacation without a lot of money
Unless you are going glamping with your kids, camping is pretty inexpensive. You may need to rent some of the gear if you don’t have any, but overall, it’s a pretty cheap vacation! Some campsites charge a fee for camping there, but other than that, it’s next to nothing! Taking your kids camping is a great way to show them that you can have a fun family vacation without spending money (or at least a camping fee).
Camping gets your kids moving
Playing videogames, reading books, and watching TV are all fun ways to spend the day. The only problem is that all of these activities involve sitting. When you are camping, typical activities include hiking or walking around. You may do some swimming or other activities, but they all involve movement.
Camping teaches your kids about nature
Spending time in nature is not only good for us, but it’s also great for our kids. It teaches them to respect the animals and the place they live, but also about nature. While you can teach them these concepts out of a textbook, it’s another thing to be out there in the middle of it.