ONLINE TRENDS NO MATCH FOR GREAT OUTDOORS
THERE is nothing quite like outdoor play to encourage children to connect with each other – and forget the latest online craze for a while.
Each week, thousands of South Australian school students head to Scouts SA’s Woodhouse Activity Centre, at Piccadilly in the Adelaide Hills, to do just that.
Scouts SA’s Kathrine Hastwell says activities, such as crossing a river using ropes, are aimed to provide young people a range of experiences as well as encourage “responsible risk taking”. “(It’s) all about learning by doing and helping young people to build resilience through overcoming challenges,” she said.
She said the value of simply being in the fresh air as well as face-to-face play can’t be underestimated. “It can have the added bonus of getting mum and dad away from their screens and outside too,” she said.
Stay Active Children’s Sports Programs managing director Carly Fuda says ”practising what you preach” is vital. “If children witness their parents leading an active lifestyle, chances are they will want to do the same ... so, by setting a good example and limiting your own screen time in front of children, it will encourage them to seek alternative ways to keep occupied,” she said. “Encourage playtime that focuses around physical activity. Suggest going for a walk or bike ride together, visit the local playground or encourage participation in afterschool sports ... Adelaide has some great walking trail options.”
FRESH AIR: SA scouts after a big day out at the Woodhouse Activity Centre. Picture: RUSSELL MILLARD/AAP