5 reasons to take your teenagers camping

Wed 5 July, 2017

Schools out for summer and with it comes the groans of parents throughout the UK wondering how they are going to entertain their teenage kids all summer. The boredom factor is hard to navigate with so much free time needing filled. The solution – take your teens camping! This might sound like a nightmare scenario at first but after reading our 5 reasons why, you will be hopping into the car en-route to the nearest campsite. 

Unplug & reconnect 

Research* estimates that children between 8 and 18 spend close to 8 hours a day in front of a TV, computer or phone screen! Communicating with a teenager who constantly has their face stuck in a phone is near impossible. Camping is the perfect way to unplug your teen and connect them to a world beyond their electronics. Interacting face to face – not phone to phone is definitely a winner for parents of teenagers who often have to compete with technology. With the removal of technology you can build a stronger relationship with your teens and reconnect as a family. For those teenagers who couldn’t cope with going ‘cold turkey’, many modern campsites will have access to Wi-Fi so they can still utilise their electronic devices every now and then. 

Rekindle the adventure 

Camping relights a sense of adventure for both parents and teenagers. It is a chance to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Camping is a great way to get outdoors and get active. There are many family-friendly campsites that offer a host of outdoor activities. Campsites near a beach can offer swimming, surfing and horse riding. Campsites near a lake can benefit from other water activities such as kayaking and canoeing. Campsites in a forest can provide cycling routes, tree top walks and zip-lining to get the adrenaline pumping. All these activities have the added bonus of exercise, whilst working up an appetite for the evening s’mores.

Memories that last

Family camping trips offer a unique chance to spend quality time with your teenagers and are a great opportunity to create lasting family memories. Teenagers won’t remember their best day of watching television, but they will remember setting up a tent and cooking around the campfire. Camping with teens offers the platform to get stuck into various teamwork activities; with everyone pulling together it brings the family unit closer together generating those memorable moments. 

Give your teens something to talk about

With the ever growing craze in social media, teenagers are forever posting and sharing their latest happenings with friends. Camping opens the door to great adventures, unique experiences and exciting activities that your teenagers will want to boast about to their friends.

Don’t break the bank

Summer can be a costly time for parents however camping with teenagers doesn’t have to be expensive. One of the many benefits of camping is that it doesn’t have to cost a lot; it is a great way to amuse your teenagers on a budget. There are specific campsites for teenagers that are geared towards entertaining teens, hosting many activities and events on the campsite grounds that are usually free. 

There are many more reasons why you should take your teenagers camping that we have not mentioned. So book a family camping holiday with your teenagers - the experience will be rewarding! 

* The Kaiser Family Foundation