Kids have a lot of fun when they are camping but they also have a chance to learn some valuable life skills. There are lots of things that parents and grandparents can do to foster this type of learning right from the comfort of the campsite.
Teamwork – There is a job for everyone when you’re camping. Even the little ones can help carry lightweight objects when you’re packing and unpacking. Camping kids can help clean up the campsite, make up beds and fold blankets, set the table for dinner, and keep an eye on the other kids. They will enjoy being part of the team and will learn camping skills they can take into adulthood.
Nature – There is so much to learn about the outdoors. You can teach them about insects, plants, and the names of the constellations as you lay on your back with them and look at the night sky. Help them to become aware of the sights and sounds of nature. Point out what the sky looks like when rain showers are coming your way. Teach them how to tell the time by the position of the sun or teach them how to read a compass. Their minds are like little sponges and they will never tire of learning new things.
Relationships – Camping is often an event when extended families get together. Kids get to spend time with cousins who live far away or some of them bring friends along. Grandparents may be camping as well. Kids will learn about connecting with people by spending time together. There is less interference from work, school, and every day life. They will spend more time talking to family members and they’ll be finding ways to play with other kids.
They say that camping builds character and you may find that to be true. You’ll leave with a good feeling in your heart when you can witness your children learning, playing, and connecting with new friends at the campground. We look forward to seeing you and the whole family here this summer. Be sure to make a reservation and we’ll see you soon.