Family Adventure !

Everyone Needs Some Family Time !

Here is a great way to get some good family time .

We have been camping all of our lives. I do not remember ever not going on camping trips  . Most of my summer memories are of camping trips to one lake or another. And all of the memories that I can think of were all fun. The evening camp fires I think were the best and staying up and looking at the stars.

With our girls we did the same things , camped all the time. They still talk about us getting them up from bed to see the stars and the Aurora Borealis . We have camped mostly in the north and they come out often and are breathtaking .

We did all other kinds of exploring ,gold panning in the creeks , berry picking , fishing , there were hundreds of things that we did . And to this day they take their children camping and have been passing on all the neat things that they have learnt and done.

Personally I think camping is the ultimate family time.

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THREE WAYS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY TO HAVE FUN CAMPING

Few activities can bring a family with children closer together than a camping trip. The cooperative effort, the time together experiencing the outdoors and new places, the shared laughter—all have the potential for lifetime-memory creators. These are the types of experiences parents want to give their children: great family times that grown kids can look back upon and cherish.

Not every child, however, takes instantly to the outdoor/camping experience . While some kids seem to revel in all-things-outdoors, others may not find the occasional rigors and inconveniences of not having a flush toilet for a weekend all too appealing.

While no child should be forced into the wilderness against his or her wishes, there are plenty of ways to make even the most timid of children come to love camping.  Here are several suggestions for making the family trip an enjoyable one for all.

GET EVERYONE EQUALLY INVOLVED

Start and keep a family camping journal. Each day have a different child fill out the day’s entry of activities, with input from everyone.

Have each child be “in charge” for a day, deciding what activities will be undertaken  that day.

Assign a rotating chore list, so that each child gets involved in the various responsibilities  and has the opportunity to learn. Obviously, depending on age and safety factors, mom and dad will be assisting here.

START FAMILY TRADITIONS

Whether it’s sing-alongs, ghost stories , the sharing of family history, or a nightly game of charades, the after-dinner campfire is the perfect time to begin regular traditions that may be carried on from trip to trip, year to year.

Perhaps it will become routine or tradition that on a given day of each trip, your family always takes the big hike. Rotate the responsibility of who chooses the hike and who leads it.

MAKE CAMPING A LEARNING EXPERIENCE

The opportunities for children to learn while spending time outdoors are almost endless. With the aid of field guides (or perhaps mom’s and dad’s own impressive knowledge), just a few of the possibilities are: wildflowers, trees, plants, animals, animal tracks, birds, cloud types/weather, stars/astronomy, survival skills, knot-tying, fire-building and many more.

Consider making your family camping trip a geo-camping trip. Combining the quickly growing outdoor activity of geocaching with camping is about as kid-friendly as it gets. What child doesn’t love a treasure hunt?

Finally, for those very young or very timid children, consider easing into the outdoor experience by first renting a cabin or an RV. The family can still enjoy outdoor activities during the day, cook out, and have a campfire, but the comfort and familiarity of a real bed at the end of the day may be just enough to put that child at ease.

Regardless of sleeping quarters or activities chosen, family camping trips have the potential to bring the whole family closer together and create lasting memories. What better gift can a parent give a child?

Article And Photo’s by Dale VanEvery

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