These days it feels like children are more likely to be found scaling buildings on their Playstation than climbing trees in their back garden. The National Trust has decided to fight the trend by launching 50 Things to do before you're 11¾, a nationwide campaign to get kids off the sofa and into the wild.
The initiative provides a checklist of activities to complete before you hit the grand old age of 11¾. Camp out in the wild, set up a snail race, hunt for bugs or light a fire without matches - there's a whole host of mini-adventures to be had.
Children can pick up a free scrapbook from participating National Trust properties or check off each activity on the 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ website. Here they can also get advice from the Elite Rangers, an intrepid team of outdoors experts including Den-Boy and Captain Skim. Go to www.50things.org.uk to get started!