According to a study done by the American Institutes for Research, children and teenagers benefit more than any other population from their experiences with nature. Not only did this study demonstrate that students in outdoor science programs have higher test scores, but they also improved in their conflict resolution and cooperation skills than other students.
These results are just one of many reasons why parents look to teen wilderness adventure and summer camps for their teenagers. Sometimes these teens are in need of a new environment or social role, but this isn’t always true or necessary. By exposing all children and teenagers to the outside world and all that nature has to offer, you are opening their eyes to new challenges and experiences.
There are so many other cognitive, physical, and social benefits to getting outside. Not only can the great outdoors reduce one’s stress level, helping them to maintain better mental health, but it is also a great way to help maintain a more physically well-being, which also encourages a more psychologically well-being as well. When enjoying the outdoors, many people are often enjoying it in groups, encouraging the development of essential life skills such as teamwork, communication, and relationship building. It is also plays an influential role in establishing a sense of belonging and self-worth.
In more recent times, nature has been replaced by technology, but it is important that we, as parents, are encouraging our family to get outside. Some of the best ways to do this is by backpacking, bike rides, rock climbing, or simply going on a nature hike.
If you need help in encouraging your child to appreciate the world around them and understand the importance of nature, visit Wilderness Adventures. We have wilderness adventure camps of all types for all ages, including family adventure camps.