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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