It seems that the youth of today’s world prefers the comforts of computer games over the adventures nature has to offer when you go camping. Nowadays, it is more common to see gamers and cyber players compared to boy scouts, campers and tree huggers. Creating cheats and winning tactics on online games are high on most teenagers’ to-do list and those are even considered as “important skills” in comparison to being able to create knots and cook good food without the convenience provided by the heavy-duty cooking equipment found in your homes.
Every once in a while, perhaps during summer breaks it would be highly advisable to let your kids join a summer camp. A summer camp will give your kids the opportunity to break free from the bonds of societal expectations and simply let them be. At summer camps, kids could learn how to “rough it.” They could learn actual survival skills that could come in handy someday. The skills that they will learn are something that they will be useful for the rest of their lives. They also learn to connect with other kids and appreciate being with a team.
Tenting will give your children the chance to work alongside the youth of their age. They will learn how to step out of their shells and try to work with others in a team. They will learn how to survive with their own wits and skills in the wilderness using the means that they have.
Caravanning is also another activity they get to do. With this outdoor activity, your kids will be able to take camping to a higher level by creating a home out in the wilderness that provides all their basic needs. Caravanning is similar to pitching tents except that this is bigger. This activity will teach them simplicity and humble living. It will give them an experience to reflect on the difference between the real world and the cyber world.
Not all virtual games emulate good values. Most games challenge you to win by defeating your opponent. Good moral values aren’t taught in computer games. Computer games turn your children into assassins, hunters, warriors and even dragon slayers in their minds. Virtual games take your children away from reality. A summer camp experience will definitely keep your children grounded on what is real. It reinforces good values and teaches your children how to be a man.
There are a lot of computer games that may simulate a camping experience. However, unlike the computer games camping out in the real world will make you appreciate the rush of the wind as it beats down your face and the smell of dew in the morning. These are the simple pleasures that nature gives us. Camping in the real world is beyond comparison to any simulations. Sitting in front of the computer will not cause beads of perspiration to come out and prove your victory and hard work. Camping, tenting and caravanning aren’t easy, but they are activities that turn a kid into a man.