Some people think camping is all about being dirty, having hundreds of bugs swarming you, sleepless nights, and sweaty days. It doesn’t sound fun at all. But camping (with the proper equipment and information) can be some of the best memories you will ever have with your family and friends.
Camping is cheap
Camping is a great way to save money. Camping on vacation (or as your vacation!) saves money that would have been spent on an expensive hotel room. Campsites generally cost a fraction of the cost of a hotel. Some are even free!
Visit Recreation.gov to find campsites in your favorite vacation destinations.
Camping promotes family
Camping is a family building experience. Getting out in the backwoods or backyard brings the family together because the distractions of a fast-paced environment are lessened. Avoid bringing all your “devices” with you. In fact, you don’t really need toys of any kind! You will be surprised at how quickly your children adapt to playing with sticks and rocks, pinecones and dandelions!
Camping also offers the opportunity to teach family teamwork. Whether it is putting up a tent or cooking over a campfire you built together, your family is working together, learning from each other, and enjoying fellowship that is difficult to find in our fast-paced world.
And while you’re out there in the wilderness (or backyard), why not play a family game?
To play UNO with all ages, play with the cards face up and the olders help the youngers. It’s shocking how often a little one will win even though you know exactly what they have in their hand!
Camping builds lifelong skills
Pitch a tent for a man and he will camp for the night, teach a man how to pitch a tent and he will camp for a lifetime.
Camping is a learning experience that will stick with your children for the rest of their lives. They WILL remember these days, and their memories will have nothing to do with how perfect of an experience it was. In fact, some of our best camping stories are the ones where EVERYTHING went wrong! But, we learned from those experiences!
We will be sharing more camping resources, ideas, gear, and destinations in upcoming posts here on Raising Adventure! Until then, check out this wonderful ebook, The Family Camping Handbook. It is full of down to earth camping advice, as well as healthy camp food recipes. This is one of our favorite Camping Rookie Resources!