Sid, in grade 5, was told by his teacher to learn answers to twenty five question; he was quizzed on eight. Sid answered seven correctly and scored 87.50% marks. Sid was a happy child. Well, at least for the initial part of his life. For the rest, he was a disillusioned adult, who found it difficult to cope with life's twists and turns because there was no readymade syllabus this time.
Ria, also in grade 5, accompanied her traveller mother on a road trip. She watched her mother double check essentials before the trip. Ria also witnessed her mother duck-walking the motorcycle to a height before gliding down the road when it ran out of fuel - despite the double checking, all the while enjoying her journey. Ria grew up to be an adult who would prepare in advance, not be flustered by life's contingencies, find a viable solution to her problems, all the while enjoying this journey of life.
The difference in Sid and Ria's perception is evident. The school system churns out Sids in large numbers, it's the Rias which are few.
How Outdoor Life can help build more Rias.
Three Important Benefits of Camping and Trekking for Children
1. Makes them Independent and Responsible
Small tasks such as creating a list of items to be carried, rucksack packing, being responsible for carrying their bags should be insisted upon. Children should leave the camping area as clean as it was before. Assigning individual roles of navigators, leaders, photographers, map readers, bonfire starters, tent pitchers will help instil a sense of self and accountability.
2. Improves Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills