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75Camping brings a family together as everyone contributes, everyone works towards the same goals and each member rediscovers the simple pleasures of playing cards, talking, reading and cooking together.Simon Calder,Travel WriterMy parents and I had a caravan in the '70s and I have fond memories of our camp holidays. I wanted to give the same experience to my children.the camaraderie and the amazing smell of bacon as the site comes to life each morning. Jane WilcockMember No.472Over 90% of campers said that camping is fun for all the family and our non-campers also saw the benefi ts of camping, with half agreeing that camping could be fun for all! 169% of campers agreed that they feel close to their children on an average day, compared with 46% of non-campers3On holiday, campers are also more likely to feel closer to their family and friends than non-campers5Campers were almost twice as likely as non-campers to say that camping brings you closer togetheras a family283% of campers said that they feel close to their partners on an average, compared to 59% of non-campers4The Family Rich List7

We found that 85% of adult campers think camping can make you healthier and nearly half think it should be prescribed on the NHS! And 1 in 3 kids who don't camp think camping would make them feel healthier.The idea that spending time in nature is 'good for our physical health and mental wellbeing' is not a new one. And it's certainly something those who camp would support with half of them saying that camping should be prescribed on the NHS! The World Health Organisation estimates that depression and depression-related illnesses will become the greatest source of ill health by 2020. Predictions like these are putting pressure on Governments to encourage people to spend more time with nature. In the United States, 'therapeutic camping' has a long tradition going back to the early 1900s and the emergence of 'tent therapy'.Tent therapy partly came about when the positive benefi ts of camping were identifi ed for tuberculosis patients. these patients had to camp on the hospital grounds to ensure non-contact with other hospital patients...but the unexpected benefi ts were that their physical condition and mental attitudes improved far faster! Barry Garst1 in his 2010 study of American campers found that 'restoration' was the meaning most associated with camping. Camping represented an opportunity for physical, mental and emotional recovery and for many of those he interviewed it was a way to bring balance back into their lives. Get Richer,Feel BetterPitches on prescription - just what the doctor ordered!8Corfe Castle Club SiteGet rich quick at