A while ago I wrote this post ‘10 Reasons why you should take your kids camping‘. It went down pretty well actually. People seemed to like it. Today I was contacted about a new campaign from the Camping and Caravanning Club ‘Get Kids Camping’ (they pretended not to have read my post but I reckon I was the inspiration….)
Anyway, despite their refusal to name me as their inspiration, I am very happy to publicise the fact that (social) science has now backed up my assertions. Clever people from Plymouth University have confirmed that camping is not only great but also great for kid’s education.
Here’s what they say:
‘Children who camp in the great outdoors at least once a year go on to do better at school, as well as being healthier and happier, according to their parents.’
Still not convinced? Fortunately, the Camping and Caravanning Club have a plan to help convince you.
They are running a series of pop up campsite roadshows around the UK. There will be opportunities to put up a tent, take a look inside state-of-the-art caravans and motorhomes, enjoy cooking demos, and have a go on cycling, rowing or cross-trainer equipment to simulate the activities campers enjoy while on holiday. And all visitors to the roadshow venues will take away a fun camping goodie bag, yup, you heard me right, a goody bag. I want one,
Here’s the when and where:
Chester Zoo, Monday 25 May;
Fargate in Sheffield, Wednesday 27 May;
Centenary Square, Birmingham, Friday 29 May;
West Quay Shopping Centre, Southampton, Sunday 31 May.
Find out more from the Camping and Caravanning Club
Chances are if you are reading this blog you are already fairly convinced about the benefits of camping but maybe you have some friends that need convincing? Send them along to one of these (ask them to bring you back a goody bag) and hopefully you can cultivate some new camping pals and while they sit back and watch their kids blossom. Nice.