Campers will explore hiking and other activities during this week of outdoor adventure, many of which will occur off-campus.
The benefits of hiking for adosecents are too numerous to count, but here are some of the main ones:
Fun. The most obvious of the benefits of hiking for middle schoolers is the fact that hiking is, first and foremost, a bonding experience. There are very few situations in which bonding time isn’t beneficial to all parties. Hiking includes many parts of a full-on camping trip, while only requiring a fraction of the time.
Physical health. Although it goes without saying, going on regular hikes improves the physical well-being. Hiking can lower the risk of many nasty diseases, as well as simply being useful to keep in good shape.
Mental health. Hiking is not only good for the body; it is good for the mind. Hiking can alleviate the effects of stress and even help depression. Middle school students who go on regular hikes are more likely to stay healthy in other important areas of their lives as well, including keeping a sleep routine, which in turn can mitigate the effects of many mental disorders.
Improved mood and school performance. Exercise such as hiking can make a person feel fresh – and this freshness, in turn, translates to quicker thinking.
Connection with nature. There is no better way for a middle school student to discover themselves than to have time surrounded by fresh air and beautiful scenery. By having time to reflect, they can learn who they truly are.