Love the outdoors? Eager to get in touch with nature? Want to bask in the magnificence and abundance all around us? Planning a unique vacation? Why not try camping for a change? Camping is a great alternative for those traveling on a budget – it is generally cheap, it provides the opportunity for new experiences, and it offers a lot of lessons as well.
Some people might think that camping is an outdated activity but a lot of people would agree that it is definitely a good idea to engage in this activity once in a while because of the benefits and lessons that it brings. To support this claim, I have also enumerated in this article some important lessons that can be learned from camping. The lessons are mainly for children but the concepts can actually be applied to individuals of all ages.
- First of all, campers can learn new skills or hone forgotten ones, in performing a wide variety of outdoor activities while camping, like walking, hiking, biking, rock climbing, rappelling, and even swimming. The result would be reduced stress and adequate exercise. Campers also enjoy new discoveries, a healthy outlook, and a better appreciation for life because of the experience.
- Camping can also help children learn to be aware of their surroundings and what is taking place around them. Many people are concerned with the safety of camping because in an outdoor setting, away from home, campers must learn to be vigilant and cautious about unwanted events. Being aware of one’s surroundings teaches individuals the ability to better handle a problem if one should arise. After all, nature is all about taking things as they come.
- Some very important survival skills, such as looking for food and starting a fire for light and warmth, can also be learned while camping. In fact according to an article about the benefits of camping from ehow.com, learning how to cook meals over an open fire is a survival tool that is educational and gives self-worth. Being in the outdoors also exercises the ability of the individual to establish a temporary place for shelter. It is known that this aspect of camping is very important in terms of development as it can help prepare children in their transition into adolescence or adulthood by teaching them life skills and lessons on how to take care of themselves.
- In addition, camping can help children understand nature and the earth, its importance, and how to take care of it as well. The experience gives them something to connect to and something challenging to perform so that there would be an increase in their self-esteem too.
- Finally, I personally think that the greatest lesson that can be learned from camping is that the best things in life are in fact, free. It is one of the greatest realizations in life – the fact that we really do not have to pay any price at all to be given the opportunity to learn and to be educated.