All of us who camped as kids have plenty of fond memories. We played from daylight until dusk, met knew friends, learned new things about nature, and slept like logs each night. Your kids will have wonderful memories like this, too. They love the fun to be had but they also enjoy helping to plan the trip, pack it in and pack it out. It’s a good time to work as a team and let them help with some of the decisions as well.
They can help make camping checklists for themselves and the food that will be eaten at camp. They will enjoy brainstorming with you as to what toys they should bring and which clothes will be suitable. They will feel like more of the process and they’ll be learning things for when the day comes that they begin camping on their own.
It helps to give them responsibilities for keeping up the campsite, too. Little ones can help set the table and gather dirty clothes for the laundry. Older kids can help prepare meals, make beds, and assist with unpacking when you get home.
We can also promise there will be accidents and maybe even a few arguments but in the end you’ll have lots of memories to share in later years. The kids will get a strong sense of belonging and pride in their contribution when they can be part of the family trip in a big way.
We want all your camping experiences to be rewarding and memorable, for you and for your children. Starting them early can set them on a path for a lifetime of wonderful adventures outdoors with their own families when the time comes.