From the Classroom to a Campsite this Summer!
With the school holidays on the horizon and some more warm weather predicted, evidence gathered by The Camping and Caravanning Club has revealed that camping doesn’t just have its benefits for adults.
Over 60 research studies reviewed by leading academics at Liverpool John Moores University and an online survey showed that 87 per cent of children who camp say camping in the countryside makes them feel really happy.
Interestingly, 73 per cent of adults say camping is something every child should experience and 59 per cent of campers say it should be on the national curriculum whilst 84 per cent say it’s good for a child’s health.
Meanwhile, 79 per cent of kids who have never camped said they would like to!
The findings form part of the Club’s ‘Real Richness – The List’ – which includes statistics and stories of those who camp and how camping has in many ways transformed their lives. The report was released by the Club in April.
Director General Robert Louden said: “Our findings certainly show that camping makes families feel closer – and richer – and at the same time there is a lot of evidence to show that not only can camping improve a child’s behaviour, but it can also make them more attentive and interested in the world around them.
“So what better way to spend your summer holiday than on one of our Club Sites or Forest Holidays Caravan & Camping Sites?
“Within an hour’s drive of home you can feel the benefits of getting away from it all without any of the stresses of travel or high fuel costs.”
The Club still has availability on its sites this summer.
To book a pitch on a Club Site telephone 0845 130 7633 or 024 7647 5426 or visit: www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk To book a pitch on any Forest Holidays Touring Site contact: 0845 130 8224 or book online: www.forestholidays.co.uk
‘Real Richness – The List’ is available to download at www.realrichness.co.uk
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- The findings outlined in the Real Richness report are based on a review of research into the psychological and social benefits of camping undertaken by leading academics in the field of Outdoor Education & Therapy at Liverpool John Moores University and an online survey to 1,000 adults and 500 children aged seven to 11 who camp and a 1,000 adults and 500 children aged seven to 11 who have never camped.
- Throughout the report, it refers to ‘campers’ but this is a generic term for anyone who regularly camps in a tent, caravan, motorhome or trailer tent.
- The Camping and Caravanning Club is 110-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 109 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 20 Forest Holidays Caravan & Camping Touring Sites.