Sleep­ing in the great out­doors actu­al­ly improves school edu­ca­tion, accord­ing to a study done by Ply­mouth Uni­ver­si­ty.

The Camp­ing and Car­a­van­ning Club sur­veyed over 11,000 par­ents, and peo­ple loved the effects of camp­ing on their kids’ learn­ing. Those who camped more than three times per year, indi­cat­ed the fol­low­ing: 

53% thought camp­ing had a pos­i­tive effect on edu­ca­tion. 31% said it had a slight­ly pos­i­tive effect, and 15% said it had no effect. Only 1% thought it had a slight­ly neg­a­tive effect. 

Here’s what the par­ents said:

  • Camp­ing adds learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties.

Par­ents said camp­ing gave their kids new expe­ri­ences and skills. “Allows them to learn a lot of basic com­mon sense infor­ma­tion about the world that gives them a head start when learn­ing at school, e.g. nature and geol­o­gy,” said a par­ent. 

  • Camp­ing gives kids expe­ri­ences to share with their class­mates. 

They believe camp­ing gen­er­ates sto­ries for kids to share with oth­ers. Kids’ camp­ing expe­ri­ences helped them make friends, accord­ing to par­ents. Over 60 per­cent felt like camp­ing had a pos­i­tive effect on their children’s friend mak­ing skills.

  • Camp­ing helps kids prac­tice school learn­ing.

We get to do home­work in the motorhome as well as vis­it edu­ca­tion­al sites such as castles, zoos and geo­graph­ic phe­nom­e­na,” said a par­ent. 

  • Kids trans­fer out­door learn­ing to their learn­ing in school. 

Over 30 per­cent of par­ents felt that camp­ing helped their kids gain an eager­ness for learn­ing. Kids were able to use things learned while camp­ing once they returned to class. “I learned to read a map, and we did that in geog­ra­phy,” said one child. Par­ents felt that camp­ing improved kids’ knowl­edge in the fol­low­ing school sub­jects: geog­ra­phy, sci­ence, his­to­ry, Eng­lish, and math. 

So, camp­ing makes kids bet­ter stu­dents? Accord­ing to thou­sands of par­ents in the study, it does. Keep this in mind–take Scouts camp­ing. They’ll be bet­ter stu­dents, and they’ll have a lot of fun. 

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Michelle Carpenter
is a reporter for the Voice of Scouting and a marketing associate for The Utah National Parks Council. Her father, husband, and brother are all Eagle Scouts, so she firmly believes some of the best men did Scouting.

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