Friday, March 20, 2015

Goodbye, Winter. Hello, Spring!

Today marks the first day of spring, and if you’re fortunate enough to have clear skies, sunshine, and blooming flowers, we bet you can’t wait to starting enjoying the outdoors. What better day to turn off the TV and video games and get active? After much of the country has spent months being cooped up inside during this brutal winter, we all need some fresh air!

In 2014, the Girl Scout Research Institute proved the value of outdoor exposure in their study More Than S’mores: Successes and Surprises in Girl Scouts’ Outdoor Experiences. According to this report, the outdoors offers benefits often unavailable inside, including the freedom to move around freely and be as loud as you want. Whereas the indoors inhibits your ability to run, jump, and relay race, the outdoors is literally your playground!

Time spent in nature also helps restore creativity and attention and improve concentration among kids and adults. Not only that, but the outdoors provides countless opportunities to challenge yourself and others, which ultimately enhances leadership skills. See? We all win.

So, are you ready to get up and get out in honor of the first day of spring? We are! Check out the rest of the exciting findings in our More Than S’mores study, and if you need more ideas on what to do once you step outside, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered