Editor’s Note: This article was written by Alison Kresta for Romper. 

There are two kinds of people in this world — those who love camping and those who prefer room service. I like a little bit of both. (Glamping, anyone?) Camping on the beach and falling asleep to the sound of the ocean is basically heaven, but so is laying in a king-size bed (that isn’t yours), ordering some delicious food up to your room and watching a movie.

But camping can have some serious benefits for kids and families. If you’re planning on a camping trip this summer, you’ll want to know all the ways camping affects your kid’s brain. It turns out all those tents and marshmallows could set them up for adult success.

Adina Mahalli, a mental health expert and family care professional at Maple Holistics, and Dan Warren, Human Development Research Specialist with the Boy Scouts of America, explain to Romper how camping really benefits kids, emotionally and psychologically.

Think about it — camping is all about being able to survive out in the elements. What better way to show your kids how awesome they are by giving them the skills they need to succeed out in the wilderness?

Camping also brings people together to create bonding experiences, and gives your child a sense of community and belonging. Not to mention those lifelong memories that they will fondly (or not so fondly) reflect back on for years to come.

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