Thursday, July 26, 2012

Let's Go Camping - Tips for Little Campers

Pitch a tent, fill up the RV, or rent a cottage.  Camping gives children a chance to unplug and explore nature. 

Take a Hike
Take older children on a long afternoon hike and stick to a short walk in the woods with younger children.  Wear sturdy shoes, bring lots of water, and don’t forget the bug spray.  Encourage kids to identify bugs and trees and keep an eye out for forest animals.  If kids start to get bored, encourage them to sing songs as they walk or stop for a quick healthy snack. 

Everyone loves a campfire! 
Have the little ones collect firewood and kindling while you teach them about fire safety.  Once they’ve found the perfect roasting stick, grab the marshmallows.  Squish a freshly roasted marshmallow and piece of chocolate between two graham crackers and create the perfect s’more.
Campfire is the perfect time for songs, stories, and winding down after a busy day.

Between afternoon hikes and late night campfires, children can get pretty tired.  Enforce an hour of quiet time after lunch.  Send them back to their tents or bunks for an hour to read, nap, or do a craft.  Pick up one of our travel friendly kits, make friendship bracelets, bring a sketchpad, or let them to relax with a good book.

• Bring a first aid kit.  Show children how to perform simple age-appropriate first aid.
• If you’re camping near a lake, be sure to talk about water safety.  Children should never swim unsupervised. 
• Know your surroundings.  Are there ticks, poison ivy, or dangerous animals in the area?  Make sure both you and your children can identify them and know what to do in an encounter.
• Do you know what to do if you get lost?  Bring a cell phone, compass, and whistle.  If you do get lost, find shelter and wait for help. 

Does your family love camping? 
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Rikki said...

My husband and I don't like to camp. Eight years as a girl scout will either develop a loving or a loathing for camping. We will be taking our children camping for the first time next month. Our son is 7 and has been begging to go for a while. While I know a lot about how to camp, I don't know tons about what to do with kids while camping.

Camping said...

We're going to be camping next month. Can anyone give me tips on things you would normally forget to pack so I'm well prepared. There's going to be water parks, and rides, plus the traditional camping stuff like fishing. We're going to be staying in tents, not a cabin or RV so we won't be needing any kitchen stuff I don't think. Any ideas would be great, thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'd say remember to bring a hat, sunscreen and bug spray. Plus make sure they have some books and travel toys for tent time. Don't forget extra socks!!

librarypat said...

We went camping often with our children. One night in particular was magic. We were attending highland games and camping in a nearby state park. That night, when we got back to our campsite and were sitting around the fire, the air was clean and crisp, the sky filled with stars, and in the night you could hear bag pipes being played around campfires through out the woods.
Our children all developed a love of camping and are now continuing it with our grandchildren. We enjoy doing it with them as often as we can.

Elizabeth Towns said...

My family loves camping, but I do not. My idea of camping is The Sheraton on the concierge floor. I guess I have to compromise, so I will come down to the Holiday Inn.

pinktaz60 said...

Betsy Barnes

Growing up, I used to go camping every summer with my grandfather and cousins. When my son was younger, we used to camp a lot and really enjoyed it :)

Kaye said...

We haven't been camping yet, but we're about to start small with a tent in the backyard for my husband and son. My son is so excited!

zionriverresortzion said...

This is one of the most interesting place for me, hope to be there again.

Zion National Park RV Campground