Engaging in Outdoor Recreation
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As youth are increasingly drawn to screen-based leisure activities, a significant part of their development suffers due “to an alarming amount of time spent indoors.” Researchers say the lack of exercise and outdoor activities are “cause(s) for concern.” Various health issues are linked to an over-exposure of screen time, such as ADHD, emotional health, obesity and overall physical fitness. As parents and youth leaders, how do we fill the gap?
According to Youth Intervention Programs Association, 1 a healthy step in youth development is to encourage time spent outdoors. Whether it’s physical activity or simply getting fresh air, going outside has incredible benefits. When youth are at a camp or conference center, they are able to engage in high-adventure activities in a natural setting. Being outside encourages creativity, opens the door for team building opportunities and supports a higher degree of emotional and mental health.