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 Experience. 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!