Many of our kids today are out of shape, tuned-out to those around them, and stressed out. Many of us remember playing in the backyard until dark--sometimes past dark. We walked to school rain or shine, constantly played outside, and thought nothing of going to play at the park. Today, that is not always the case.
By connecting kids to the outside world, studies show that we can increase their fitness levels and build healthy bodies. Exposure to environmental-based education and activities can increase student performance on tests of their critical thinking skills. Also, children’s stress levels seem to fall within minutes of seeing green spaces. Finally, studies show that nature makes you nicer, enhances social interactions and adds value to relationships. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 60 minutes of daily unstructured play as an essential part of children’s physical and mental health and social development.
Check it out: According to an article from the National Wildlife Federation ® (NWF), getting kids back outside is an important societal issue that affects children of all backgrounds. The NWF encourages Americans to Be Out There ™. www.BeOutThere.org galvanizes families and community members around solutions for addressing this indoor childhood epidemic.
Camps have been providing engaging activities outside for years. In today’s world, the role that Camp Manito-wish plays in the lives of kids and their families is becoming increasingly clear. Make the time to take a walk, ride a bike, or paddle a canoe--it pays off in more ways than one!