To some of you, going on our overnight camp trip this summer on your vacation is no dilemma at all. You're all for dust-covered jeans, listening to coyotes howling after dark, and sleeping on the "padded" ground. For others, your opinions may trend toward camping being hard work, cold, filthy--and dreadful if you have to sing songs or tell stories. If your feelings align more with the latter, this blog's for you.
Obviously we want you to have an amazing vacation. And while you attending the overnight may create more work for us, we would highly recommend that you attend. Here are three things you'll be missing out on if you don't...
1) You miss out on becoming a little more human
Tim Dowling in his article "If camping is so tough, why do we like it so much?" says, "There is something so primally satisfying about escaping from our reliance on infrastructure that it turns the most tedious chore into an adventure." In other words, cooking biscuits over the campfire is interesting, just because it's so hard. Further, he mentions, "When you're out in the elements even good weather can be bad weather. Hot and sunny, cold and rainy, whatever: it all comes under the general heading of exposure...Camping is exciting because even at its most tame it's still a tiny bit dangerous..."
When you're out camping with us, things aren't luxurious but they also aren't too hard. The tents, bags, pads, flashlights, and smore fixins' are ready to go when you show up on your horse, but you'll need to whittle your own stick for your marshmallow and, well, you'll have to dig your own hole to go to the bathroom.
2) You miss out on a chance to reduce stress and unplug
Did I mention that you may sleep better when you're at camp than in your cabin? While it's not a guarantee since you don't have that Serta mattress topper working for you, sleeping at the overnight lets you go to bed when it's dark and wake up when it gets light. Sort of a novel concept, huh? Getting you away from your computer and phone screens may prove more beneficial than you think.
3) You miss out on becoming smarter
Okay, maybe this one is a stretch depending on your definition of 'smart'. However, studies have shown that your brain functioning may sharpen. According to Business Insider, a 2008 paper in Psychological Science demonstrated that "when college students were asked to repeat sequences of numbers back to the researchers, they were much more accurate after a walk in nature. This finding is built on previous research that showed how nature can restore attention and memory." For more scientific benefits, check Business Insider's article out HERE.