They might not be able to conquer a 20-kilometre hike on two feet, but kids were made for outdoor adventure. In our Adventure Challenge Club, we have members with toddlers to teenagers. We design adventure challenges that all ages—from 8 months to 80 years old—can complete, so no one has an excuse not to get outside and adventure.
Creativity and openness.
It’s time to expand your idea of outdoor adventure. You don’t have to reach Everest Base Camp or paddle the Northwest Passage to be an explorer. Getting your kids active and outside is as easy as putting on appropriate clothes and leaving the house.
I know this because I see it every day on our Adventure Challenge Club.
Many parents struggle to get their kids to go outside and play. Our Adventure Challenge Club encourages parents to go outside and explore with their kids, meaning you get a healthy dose of fresh air and exercise, too.
Plus, with prizes like tents, backpacks, coolers and hiking boots up for grabs, focused challenges offer a clear goal: winning sweet new gear.
If you think you’ll be bored, think again. Kids have amazing imaginations, which are fully flexed to create new worlds in the outdoors (away from iPads and smartphones that do it from them). There are plenty of important reasons that developing youngsters can benefit from time spent outside.
One of the perks? You’ll have a blast, too.
Wondering where to start? Here are three simple tips to get your kids on more outdoor adventures:
1. Involve Food
Who doesn’t love to eat? Plan a picnic in the park or trek through the trails to the local ice cream spot. Invest in a regional botanical book and forage for ingredients for your next meal. Roast s’mores and hotdogs over a campfire, go fishing or pick berries outside with your little ones. Once there is a clear goal—like finding wild strawberries—it’s easier to focus on the task at hand and forget about cartoons on the iPad.
2. Get out of WiFi Range
Wandering where the WiFi is weak immediately removes distractions. Can't outrun cell service? Make an "Airplane Mode" rule: once you're out of the car, no more texting (that includes you!). Keep your phone on hand for emergencies and family photo-ops.
Club member Corenna Marie
3. Join the Adventure Challenge Club
There are over 2,000 members in our private Facebook community from across Canada and the United States. Every Monday, month, season and year we host massive adventure challenges designed to be completed in any province/state, with any level of fitness and any age of child.
Club member Espie