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Make Your Own Adventure Club and Get Outside!

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As a kid you were probably forced outdoors at some point during the day to play outside and get your energy out. You probably noticed as you got older that now, if you want to get outside time you have to provide it for yourself. And if you live in an apartment or the city you may not be able to get quality outdoors time just by going into your backyard. If you live in the city you might have to plan your outdoor time even more as you coordinate trips to local outdoor hot spots. Getting yourself out in nature might be easier if you form a like-minded group to get you going. With the steps and tips below you can make your own Adventure Club and explore nature with your friends!

Why Going Outside is Good for You

Get vitamin D. You can actually get vitamin D from sun exposure. Vitamin D is very important to our health and it doesn’t always come in abundance in the foods we eat. One of the best ways to get your daily dose of Vitamin D is through being outside in the sunshine. It can help you have strong bones and protect you from certain diseases and ailments. Improves your immune system.
Opportunity to exercise. Unless you’re sitting in a chair it’s hard not to exercise at least a little whenever you go outside. And every ounce of exercise contributes to your overall health! Even a short stroll outside can do wonders for your physical health.
Elevate your mood. A lot of things about being outside can give your mood a healthy boost. The light, the sun, the fresh air, or the flowers and trees can help you feel a little better about the world if you give them the chance. But there are also studies to support this idea. The National Institute of Health (NIH) found in a study of theirs that just walking outside for a bit each day boosts creativity by 81%. Who knows what creative potential you might unleash just by getting yourself outside a little each day!
Good for children. Studies show that being outdoors helps kids focus better. Spending at least an hour outside every day can increase their focus, overall wellbeing, and help them get better grades.
It can be easy to let kids go run around outside and get all the exercise and vitamin D they need, but as we get older it can become harder to find time to get outside. One way to make getting outside easier is to give your outdoor time some kind of purpose.

  • Exercise outside.
  • Go for a daily stroll at the same time.
  • Get outdoor furniture. Once you have some place to set up camp outside, it can be easier to take things you normally do indoors, outdoors while you soak up some sunshine.
  • Make your outside time a group activity by creating your own outdoors club!

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What Kind of Outdoor Club Do You Want to Do?

There are many things to do outside and everyone has different interests. Some people really like swimming, or hiking, or kayaking. What outdoor activities most interest you? These are the things you’ll want to incorporate in the purpose of your outdoors club. Having a clear purpose for your club will help a lot once you start bringing other people into the group and involving them in planning.
You can focus on one thing. You can make it a club all about just one thing you know you like to do:

  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • A sport
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Backpacking
  • Running
  • Kayaking
  • Biking

Or you can involve many outdoor activities. Instead of making a hiking group, you can decide to make an adventure club! That way you can plan activities around all things adventuresome.

Whatever the purpose of your outdoor club, you’ll also want to keep in mind who you want to invite to the group and the level of difficulty everyone will be ok with. For instance, hikes and trails are often ranked by difficulty. They can be considered easy, moderate, or hard. So while you are deciding your club’s purpose remember to also consider the level of experience and difficulty you want to involve, and remember to disclose these things to those you invite to the group.

Who Do You Want in the Group?

Outdoor groups can be for all groups of people! You can make no restrictions about who can join the club, or you can decide to make your group exclusive in some way. For example, if you’re a dad looking to bond with your kids through fishing, you might make a fishing club specifically for dads and their kids. You can also restrict the group to certain age groups, like if you’re interested in getting to know more people your age.

Logistics

The last thing you’ll want to figure out before publishing your new group is all the logistics. Below are a couple questions to consider and make decisions about before going live with your new club idea.

  • How are people going to get places?
  • How are you going to get equipment?
  • How will your group stay in contact?

Maybe you’ll expect everyone to use their own cars and equipment to get places, or maybe you’ll want to talk to local rental places for any equipment your group might need. You can also keep in contact with your group in many ways. If you all know each other you can simply create a group text message. Or you can make a Facebook group, or use other messaging apps like Slack, or GroupMe. There are almost infinite options nowadays for where to keep your group’s base of operations.
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Now that you have your group all set up you can start reaching out for people to start joining. One great way to get members is to create a public Facebook group online. You can also try inviting some people you know and ask them to bring a member or two of their own.

You can also make flyers to hang up around town to meet new people! A flyer doesn’t have to be complicated, just make sure it has all the information they’ll need.

Fun Ideas

There are endless ways you can really have fun with getting more involved in your community and getting to know new people through starting a club like this.

  • Bring snacks.
  • Have a group potluck event.
  • Be educational. You can make a presentation about outdoor etiquette, safety, or hire a trial guide to teach your group about different plants you come across during your hike.
  • Do volunteer work every other month. You can volunteer to clean up a place you visit.
  • Make a website, a blog, or social media accounts for your group and post about the trips and activities you do!

Other Good Ideas

  • Have regular meetings.
  • Assign responsibilities to different people. You can nominate different group members to be the President, Vice President, Trip Coordinator, Treasurer, or Social Media Manager.
  • Fundraise for your trips. You can have a group yard sale or bake off to save up money for your bigger trips or activities. Sometimes your outdoor adventures are going to require fast funds while you’re in between paychecks. If your Adventure group finds itself short on cash, you can always get a payday loan or a personal loan from Check City and pay it back when you return from your trip.

Getting yourself outside is important. The great outdoors are meant to be appreciated and can shower you with mental and physical benefits. You don’t have to go through the trouble of making an outdoor club to get outside, but it can help motivate you to make going outside more of a habit, and who knows! You might just make some great new friends along the way.


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Read all about vitamin D and it’s health benefits.
 
Check out another Check City Blog article, “Getting Outside This Spring” to learn some other great ways to get outdoors more often!
 
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Summer Boredom Cures on a Budget

We’ve all been there. It’s hot, the kids are bored, and our wallets are empty. There comes a time when each one of us has to get creative and come up with things to do for cheap or for free. Unfortunately, creative ideas often come in as slowly as the money does. Because of the need for fresh activity ideas, we decided to write this blog post to give your idea bank a little extra savings.

Through this post, we hope to give you some ideas of things that you can do with your children this summer for free, or within your budget. We also hope that you’ll give us your ideas so the idea bank will increase because we know we can all use a little help in this arena.

The first step in deciding any activity is looking at your personal budget to decide how much money you have to spend. The next decision becomes what we can do with what we have.

Keeping their minds engaged

Sometimes the challenge of summer activities becomes, “How can we keep our kids engaged in the learning while passing the time in a productive way?” In this category, we have a few suggestions to allow you to have fun and make memories with your kids, while helping them to continue their learning.

  • Have a reading marathon with your kids. Keep your pajamas on late and see how many books you and your family can read within a specific period of time. Then turn around and write your own story as a family.
  • Museums or zoos are great money smart activities that help your kids to continue learning while making a lasting memory. You could even go to the library for a local story telling.
  • Visiting a local fire station is always fun and very informative.
  • Going insect hunting around your yard and take pictures of all of the bugs you found. After, you can try to identify all the insects you found.
  • Do a science experiment.
  • Learn about constellations, and then watch the stars to try and identify the constellations you learned about.
  • Go to a local workshop for kids. Many local stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s have workshops for kids to learn different handy skills for around the house.
  • Play a trivia game.
  • Build a rocket from a kit, and fly it with them.
  • Participate in a local nature program.
  • Teach your children about finances such as how to use a credit card or how to make a budget.
    Release the Energy While Cooling Down

The summer is notorious for hot days. Simply going outside can help your kids to be more active, especially when they have fun activities to do that won’t make them too hot. Here are a few ideas to help kids be active, and also to cool off.

  • Go on a hike.
  • Ride bikes.
  • Buy or make some popsicles.
  • Buy or make some lemonade and hold a lemonade stand. This would give you a good opportunity to teach our kids about saving money and how to run a business.
  • Go to a pool. You could even set up a mini waterpark in your backyard with a tarp and some water and turn the sprinklers on. Have a water-balloon and squirt-gun fight. If the kids start getting sick of the kiddy pool, add some bubbles to switch it up.
  • Create an obstacle course.

Just Plain Fun

Every child wants to have fun. Here are a few ideas just to have some fun together. Summer is a great opportunity to really spend quality time with your children and make lasting memories.

  • Paint or draw together. Chalk provides another fun and interesting way to vary the art projects. Finger painting is also fun for every age. Another option is to do splatter paint, for those of us that lack in the creative department.
  • Create a fort in your living room out of blankets or cardboard boxes. Roast marshmallows over the kitchen stove and have an indoor campout. Or set up a tent in the backyard for a fun campout.
  • Have a sunrise or sunset picnic at a park or beach.
  • Have a scavenger hunt. You can vary scavenger hunts to do several throughout the summer. A fun idea is to take pictures along the way to remember the fun times you had. Create a treasure hunt for them (leaving clues around the house or yard).
  • Bake cookies or other goodies for a neighbor. You could even volunteer at a local nursing home or hospital.
  • Create a scrapbook. Create a family book, with information and pictures about each family member.
  • Make a movie with a camera and computer.
  • Make play dough from scratch.
  • Paint a room or do other crafts.
  • Visit a pet store.
  • Make your own instruments.

If you decide that you would like to take your kids to something that costs more than is in your wallet, payday loans can be a good alternative. This is also an opportunity to teach your kids about finances and how to properly use money, save, and build credit. To gain other ideas on teaching your kids how to budget, check out our other blog post: “How to Teach Your Children How to Budget” Though your budget may have constraints, you can still provide a fun and memorable summer for your kids.

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