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Camping for deeper connections

Published May 28, 2018

Camping is awesome — it’s a fact. People everywhere are catching on to the health benefits of camping and the impact it has on their mood and social life. It is one of the best ways to unwind, take a break from the city, and most of all, connect with the people and places you love.

According to E.O. Wilson, a Pulitzer-prize winning author who is often called "the father of sociobiology and biodiversity," humans have an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life, partly from our genetic makeup and evolutionary history. With this in mind, it’s no wonder people love camping. Regardless of age, culture, or location, we are drawn to the outdoors (and to each other).

Camping will deepen your relationship with nature and help strengthen social bonds. The 2017 North American Camping Report, conducted by Cairn Consulting Group, sums up how the general population feels about camping. It highlights that once a person experiences camping, it’s highly likely that they will camp more in order to gain the personal and familial benefits associated with it.

Hanging out in the woods with your favourite people is a sure way to create lasting memories and start new traditions. It’s amazing how distancing ourselves from technology can have such a positive impact on our social life and our connection to the world around us. Because there are minimal distractions, you will spend more quality time together, and you will remember the stories shared around the campfire for years to come.

Memories are similar to the weather in that you can’t create a memory if the conditions aren’t right, just like you can’t expect snow in the wrong weather conditions. Sitting on your couch won’t make memories no matter what you do. So start planning a camping trip with someone you want to create new memories with. Perhaps later on, you will look back and remember the most beautiful sunset or the laughter that echoed across the lake. These lifelong memories begin outside.

Great Lakes Guide is here to help you discover which camping destinations are right for you. Explore the map to get started!