The benefits of spending time outdoors and connecting with nature have been well established for years now. It could be said that a connection with nature is simply a human need.
These days, it’s certainly not uncommon for people, especially children, to be “nature-deprived”. This is by no means a clinical diagnosis – it’s really just a state of being. But for health professionals, the lack of connection with nature can pose potential health and well-being issues.
The answer, of course, is to get outdoors more frequently and connect more often with nature. Summer camp is an excellent place for your daughter to spend lots of time outside and enjoy the benefits that connecting with nature has to offer.
Today, the connection with nature is being pre-empted by busy schedules at home and at work, by the Internet and electronic gadgets, and by a reluctance to sacrifice the comforts of an indoor living environment. The good news is that for many people, the outdoors and nature is becoming increasingly important again.
Connecting Youth with the Outdoors
Parents are making outdoor activities and sports a priority for their children. Many so-called “nature pre-schools” are getting children outside throughout the year. Even business people are promoting outdoor events to support employee health.
In our increasingly busy, overstimulating world, spending time outdoors can bring higher amounts of energy, lower stress levels, and even help recover from illness and boost your immune system.
Needless to say, summer camp offers the best of all worlds – plenty of outdoor activities, a direct connection with nature and an understanding of how this type of lifestyle benefits both health and wellbeing. It’s not necessary to be an environmentalist, outdoorswoman, or even a psychologist, to appreciate the benefits of the outdoors.
Summer Camp in the Wilderness of Northern Ontario
In today’s day and age, many more people live in the city than in the country. Unfortunately, cityscapes are not always rich with parkland, green space, or natural surroundings.
Summer camp, on the other hand, provides it all in one package – especially camps like Camp Ak-O-Mak that emphasize natural landscapes, a focus on the outdoors and a break from electronic media. Your daughter will wake up in her cabin in the woods and listen to the sounds of nature, instead of rolling over and checking her phone first thing. She’ll walk through the forest to the main house for breakfast, before spending her day in the lake and fields of Camp Ak-O-Mak enjoying all that Northern Ontario has to offer.
Even business people are doing it, with backpacking and nature outings that promote creativity and cognitive thinking. At summer camp, it happens with very little effort – the wilderness is right there and the natural amenities are abundant and ever-present.
Beyond the fun and games, summer camp provides a direct connection to nature – from the birds and animals to the sunsets, from a clear view of the stars at night without city lights getting in the way. There’s nothing quite like it in the city, and it’s an experience that every camper will hold dear for a lifetime.
If you want your daughter to enjoy a summer in the wilderness of northern Ontario while taking in our renowned competitive swimming and sports camp program, Camp Ak-O-Mak is the place for her. Register today for a nature-filled summer your daughter will never forget.