The Benefits of Outdoor Play Presented by Camp Redwood
Main Points• Why is outdoor play a benefit and vital to a our children?• How does Camp Redwood support this?
What is outdoor play?• Activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation that happens outside of the house.• Being out in the sunlight playing games, socializing, and spending time in the fresh air.
Why is it important for my child to participate in outdoor play?Outdoor play is important for:• SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT- it encourages interaction between children, counselors, and other staff memebers• REDUCING STRESS AND INCREASING CONFIDENCE• DEVELOPING PERCEPTUAL ABILITIES• PHYSICAL BENEFITS*From: The Benefits of outdoor play for Children- Livestrong.com
What the Research Says:• "Regular physical activity in childhood helps eliminate thedevelopment of risk factors that can lead to chronic diseases"*• "Spending time outside raises levels of Vitamin D, helping protectchildren from future bone problems, heart disease, diabetes and otherhealth issues."**•"Children’s stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces.•Play protects children’s emotional development whereas loss of freetime and a hurried lifestyle can contribute to anxiety and depression.•Nature makes you nicer, enhancing social interactions, value forcommunity and close relationships."***From: The Benefits of outdoor play for Children- Livestrong.com**From: Health Benefits- National Wildlife Foundation
...Continued• "exposing kids to nature yields all manner of health benefits, both physical and mental."***• "you’ll feel stronger and more energetic" *• "Improved cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness• Improved bone health• Improved cardiovascular and metabolic health biomarkers• Favorable body composition" ***From: Building Up the Benefits** From: President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Research Digest*** From: Get Outside! by Leslie Garisto Plaff
How Camp Redwood promotes outdoor play.• Campers are introduced to new activities and learn from practice and watching their peers, as well as through guided instruction.• Our campers participate in many team athletic events.• We are building a ropes/challenge course encouraging campers to work together for a common goal.• They enjoy time with friends in activities they have fun playing.
...continued• Our outdoor facilities are numerous allowing many sports to be going on in different parts of camp at the same time.• We have an outdoor Pool. In addition to outdoor Tennis, Basketball, Street Hockey, Volleyball, Soccer, Kickball, Baseball, and Archery, as well as our man made lake that allows us to offer Boating, Waterskiing, Kneeboarding, and Tubing!
Conclusion• All of that said it is vital to make sure your children play outside! Ithelps them to become more physically fit, promotes emotional stability,and allots for social interactions improving communication skills.•What better way to guarantee that your child is out playing then byenrolling them in summer camp at Camp Redwood!
Resources• If you are interested in checking were some of our information came from please check out the following link:http://www.multiurl.com/g/c94