Camping is Great TrekCo September 16, 2011 Outdoor stuff A recent article in Outdoori magazine: From classroom to campsite Over 60 research studies reviewed by leading academics at Liverpool John Moores University and an online survey showed that 87% of children who camp say camping in the countryside makes them feel really happy. Interestingly, 73% of adults say camping is something every child should experience and 59% of campers say it should be on the national curriculum whilst 84% say it‟s good for a child‟s health. Meanwhile, 79% of kids who have never camped said they would like to get ‘under canvas’. The findings form part of The Camping and Caravanning Club‟s „Real Richness – The List‟ which includes statistics and stories of those who camp and how camping has in many ways transformed their lives. Director General Robert Louden said, “Our findings certainly show that camping makes families feel closer – and richer – and at the same time there is a lot of evidence to show that not only can camping improve a child‟s behaviour but it can also make them more attentive and interested in the world around them.” The findings outlined in the Real Richness report are based on a review of research into the psychological and social benefits of camping undertaken by leading academics in the field of Outdoor Education & Therapy at Liverpool John Moores University and an online survey to 1,000 adults and 500 children aged seven to 11 who camp and a 1,000 adults and 500 children aged seven to 11 who have never camped. Throughout the report, it refers to „campers‟ but this is a generic term for anyone who regularly camps in a tent, caravan, motorhome or trailer tent. „Real Richness – The List‟ is available to download at www.realrichness.co.uk.