Research Results

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This year, the Club will be researching the benefits of sharing experiences, skills and creating magical moments with family and friends. We will be sharing the 2017 research results during NCCW, from 29th May to 4th June. 

Last year, The Camping and Caravanning Club surveyed 2,000 UK parents and grandparents on their attitudes towards camping and the outdoors. The findings helped illustrate the perceived benefits of both on boosting kids' happiness, mental health and fitness.

It conducted this research following 2015's successful research piece, 'What do children learn when camping', carried out by the Institute of Education at Plymouth University and commissioned by the Club.

Findings for 2016 showed that:

  • 44% of adults worry their children aren't as happy as they were as a child
  • 96% of adults believe that they were happier as a child because they spent more time outdoors
  • 72% think social media is affecting children's ability to interact and engage with others
  • 86% think encouraging kids to spend more times outdoors would help the obesity 'epidemic'.

You can read more about 2016's findings here. Further information about the Club's 2015 research can be viewed below.

Get Kids Camping 2015: What do children learn when camping?

Children who camp in the great outdoors at least once a year go on to do better at school, as well as being happier and healthier, according to their parents.

That's the finding of a study carried out by the Institute of Education at Plymouth University, commissioned by The Camping and Caravanning Club, who collaborated to discover perceptions of the relationship between education and camping.

Nearly 600 camping families, members of the Club, responded to an in-depth survey. Parents and children around the UK were asked a series of questions, which looked at the educational and underpinning psychological and social benefits of camping to children of all ages.

The findings supported the Club's headline theme to National Camping and Caravanning Week 2015: a campaign to 'Get Kids Camping'.

The research, led by Sue Waite, Associate Professor at the Plymouth Institute of Education, found that more than 4 out of 5 parents thought camping had a positive effect on their children's school education.

It showed that 98% of parents said camping makes their kids appreciate and connect with nature; 95% said their kids were happier when camping; and 93% felt that it provided useful skills for later life.

Many parents reported that escaping technology (laptops, tablets, mobiles, etc) is a good thing for their children and one of the benefits of camping.

Parents also said camping gives their kids freedom, independence and confidence; and many felt camping helped their children to enjoy learning in the classroom, because they can share their camping adventures and experiences such as visiting exciting educational or historical sites.

Here's a digest of other key findings:

  • 52% of tent campers felt cooking when camping and a positive effect on their children's learning
  • 83% of children took part in free play during their last camping holiday
  • 80% took part in nature walks
  • 71% seaside visits
  • 71% woodland visits
  • The top 5 national curriculum subjects better understood by camping: Geography, Science, History, English, Maths

Sue Waite said; "Interestingly, the parents surveyed believed camping supported the key curriculum subjects of Geography, History and Science and actually, that stacks up because the most common camping activities were natural - such as rock pooling and nature walks -where children were getting to understand ecosystems and identify lifeforms, respecting nature and the environment."

The children who took part in the research were asked what they love about camping and the most common themes were making and meeting new friends, having fun, playing outside and learning various camping skills.

Children also recognised camping's value for curriculum subjects and for problem solving and working together.

"Taking the kids camping is such a great experience for the whole family." says Club President Julia Bradbury, who is mum to 4 year old Zephyr, and twin one year old daughters Xanthe and Zena.

"We have masses of beautiful scenery on our doorstep in the UK and camping doesn't have to be expensive (although you can try glamping!).

It's a brilliant way of getting our kids out in the fresh air, away from the TV and computers - developing their brains and teaching them to interact with each other and the countryside in different ways.

"If you haven't taken your family camping, give it a go it's an adventure that won't disappoint you, and there are hundreds of superb British campsites to choose from."

Download the full research report here.

The Get Kids Camping research follows on from our Real Richness research, the results of which were announced in 2012.