How does NATURE fit into all of this?
At Camp Tannadoonah, if the sun is out, WE’RE OUT! Outside, that is! Whether it’s swimming, fishing, wakeboarding, running, wilderness exploration, relaxing by the fire, or our polar bear challenge, nature is constantly tapping on our shoulders during the summer months here at camp.
Here are some interesting facts you may or may not have heard of before regarding the benefits of playing outside and becoming one with nature!
- Children with ADHD symptoms are better able to concentrate after contact with nature.
- Children with views of, and contact with, nature score higher on tests of concentration and self-discipline. The “greener” they are, the better the scores!
- Children who play regularly in natural environments show more advanced motor fitness, including coordination, balance, and agility, and they are sick less often.
- When children play in natural environments, their play is more diverse, with imaginative and creative play that fosters language and collaborative skills.
- Exposure to natural environments improves children’s cognitive development by improving their awareness, reasoning, and observational skills.
- Nature buffers the impact of life’s stresses on children and helps them deal with adversity. The greater the amount of nature exposure, the greater the benefits!
- Nature helps children develop powers of observation and creativity, and instills a sense of peace and being at one with the world.
- Early experiences with the natural world have been positively linked with the development of imagination and the sense of wonder.
- Children who play in nature have more positive feelings about each other.
- Natural environments stimulate social interaction between children.
- Outdoor environments are important to children’s development of independence and autonomy.