Fam­ily time

Berkshire Life - - Parenting -

Spend­ing time out­doors is the key to hap­pier, health­ier and more con­fi­dent chil­dren, how­ever, only one in five* of them reg­u­larly play out­side, says lead­ing youth char­ity YHA (Eng­land and Wales).

The char­ity says the op­por­tu­nity to have ad­ven­tures in the out­doors is vi­tally im­por­tant to de­vel­op­ing young peo­ple’s con­fi­dence, re­silience and am­bi­tion for the fu­ture. Stud­ies also show that five min­utes of ‘green ex­er­cise’ can im­prove a child’s men­tal well­be­ing**.

YHA has launched a cam­paign, The Ad­ven­ture Ef­fect, to in­spire young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies to get out­doors. High­light­ing the im­pact of peo­ple not hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess travel and the out­doors, YHA con­fined the pro­fes­sional ad­ven­turer and au­thor Alas­tair Humphreys to a room for three days. They filmed him, and also five young peo­ple dur­ing their first trip to the Lake Dis­trict, which demon­strates their per­sonal trans­for­ma­tion.

The so­cial ex­per­i­ment has been doc­u­mented in The Ad­ven­ture Ef­fect film. Humphreys said: “Ad­ven­ture is as much about your at­ti­tude as any­thing else. Be cu­ri­ous and seize the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to you.”

He shared tips to get your ad­ven­ture started: “Don’t just talk about it. Do it. Do some­thing sim­ple and small, like go­ing for a walk in your lo­cal woods. Take fam­ily with you so you can share the ex­pe­ri­ence. Mak­ing the most of the out­doors shouldn’t be about push­ing your­self. Go at your own pace and have fun.” yha.org.uk/ad­ven­ture­ef­fect If your aim is to spend more time as a fam­ily this year, this game is a great way to start. Hum the tune on the ka­zoo and can they guess it in the time limit? Ka­zoo That Tune Game, £20, har­vey-nor­man.co.uk

Young peo­ple fea­tured in The Ad­ven­ture Ef­fect

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