Camping can be done many ways with kids, whether they are part of a summer camp retreat or simply going camping with family or friends. There are fun camping activities for all ages, and a tranquil space set apart from the hustle and bustle provides for an atmosphere of camaraderie.
It might take a day or two for the kids to fall in line, but when you’re camping as a family, you don’t have that time right? Your entire trip might just be a night or two out in the woods, eating recipes out of a Dutch oven, building a campfire, talking, telling stories and whatever else you have planned.
There is nothing like being out in nature, simplifying life, and enjoying things as they were intended. Imagine all the wildlife you might see, and of course you can always take in the beauty of the stars, something that is not always doable within city limits.
Especially if your kids have never camped out before, you want to make this the perfect first impression and experience. While there is a little pressure, remember it’s about the simple things. It’s best to leave electronics out of the picture, so put a little into the planning.
Plan special treats that you can make and enjoy together. Camping grounds are different depending on the location and facilities. Know where you plan on camping, and think of relevant activities that you guys can do. Perhaps you can go fishing or swimming in a nearby lake.
This is the perfect time to bring along a frisbee, or maybe there is a volleyball net on site. When planning a children’s summer camp, you want to have a diversified approach to activity planning. For example, you will need to include arts and crafts projects, and you need to plan many team-oriented projects as well.
A scavenger hunt can also be the perfect outdoor camping activity. Remember that kids are always full of energy. You’re going to have to think about this because they need to expend that energy. Keep the low key relaxation fun for at night when everyone is settling down.
This is the perfect time to make Smores or tell those ghost stories. Be sure and pack first aid supplies and everything you need to make living outdoors feasible, without bringing along electronics or anything of that nature. Camping for kids is fun and adventurous.
Camping with kids can be an extreme activity that can cripple even the greatest campers in the world. In order to camp for/with kids, you are going to need to bring your ‘A’ game. Below we will discuss some of the best tips for camping for kids.
Tips On Camping For Kids:
1. Prepare The Kids.
The first thing that you have to do is ensure that the kids are ready to go camping. The best way to ensure this is by doing a ‘prep’ run in the backyard. Have the kids set up the camp like they are really going to be camping outdoors and be sure to let them know of all of the safety tips such as; no running, bring a flash light, take a walk at night to get used to night sounds, etc.
2. Use A Checklist.
Nothing is worse than forgetting something that you need in order to camp with your kids. Be sure that you print out a checklist that is complete and ensure that it is completed before you set off on your camping adventure.
3. Pack and Play.
This is exactly the type of activities that are perfect for a Pack and Play. Be sure that if you are camping with a baby or a toddler that you bring the Pack and Play in order to use for sleeping and as a portable crib.
4. Get Creative.
Camping and a lot of the tasks that go along with it can be tedious for adults. Therefore, imagine the boredom that kids can get while camping. The good news is that you can combat this type of boredom and behavior by packing a ton of creative supplies to keep your children entertained and energized throughout the entire trip. Some good things to pack are; colored pencils, field guides, crayons, etc.
5. Go With Friends.
If you are planning your first camping adventure, you might want to go with some friends with kids as well. This will not only help you keep your kids busy while on the trip, but it will also alleviate some of your own pressure.
6. First Aid Kit.
It is always important to bring a first aid kit when camping. However, it is literally the most important thing to bring when you are bringing kids, as they tend to get into a lot of trouble and cause a lot of accidents.
One of the best activities that you can do with your kids is to take them camping. Many people grew up camping and as a result, have fond memories of those times. Unfortunately, in 2015 the times have changed and many kids have no desire to go camping or spend time in nature, away from technology and their wifi connection. This is quite unfortunate, but as parents, we have to find ways to make camping more appealing so that our children can experience and appreciate nature and the family bonding that a camping trip can create. So, in this article, we will be looking at a few ways that you can make camping interesting and ensure that your kids have a wonderful time.
The first thing you need to do is create a camping plan. This is especially important if you have a large family and you want to ensure you have all the necessities for your time in nature. This includes sufficient water, food, snacks, medical gear, lighters, flashlights, insect repellent, coverings, cushions etc. Even though you might be tempted to “rough it” you should remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that your kids and wife are comfortable, especially if it’s their first trip. You can save that for when they have had a few trips and are already in love with camping. The key here to take baby steps and make sure to create the best camping experience so that they all want to do it again.
Next, you should make sure to scope out the camping grounds before you take your family. This is necessary to ensure that it is safe and that there are no dangers such as snakes, bears or even homeless people. If possible, you should try to choose a spot that has a spectacular view that they would enjoy upon waking or at night. You should also make sure that you can easily and quickly create a bonfire and make sure to walk with lots of chocolate, marshmallows and crackers to create smores.
Lastly, be sure to have a few games and activities planned out so that that your kids don’t get bored. This could include a hunting trip, a few paintball or water guns and don’t forget to memorize a few spooky stories. There is nothing better than listening to a scary story around a camp fire. In closing, if you take the time to implement the above suggestions, I am certain your family will have a fantastic experience. They will probably enjoy themselves so much, that they’ll be clambering for another trip in no time at all!