New research from psychologists Netta Weinstein, Andrew Przybylski, and Richard Ryan at the University of Rochester suggests that when exposed to nature people are more inclined to be caring. They are more willing to share and do good in the world. The mechanism behind this effect is not entirely clear, but there’s simply something special to being outside, to having personal experiences of natural beauty and wonder. When you think about it, we all are drawn toward nature and it does improve our mood, calm us down, and generally restore us as human beings. Study after study supports this.
Here again, we’re finding that every child benefits from time outdoors and in contact with the natural world, and of course, camp is probably the best way to get a good solid dose of it. So for us, we’d say time at camp helps children be more caring as well.
Learn more by watching this video interview of Richard Ryan discussing the research.