I’ve never it found it challenging to take children camping, and it has always been a good time. Having proper gear, included child size backpacks, sleeping bags, etc, is important, as well as proper clothing. Preparing for bugs and sun are also important to successful outdoor adventures.
by Helen Olsson is a great guide for those less familiar with outdoor adventuring.
If I followed this book, I would feel overplanned. There are great ideas, but I also like to allow my children time to be and let their own imaginations take over in the wilderness. Last year, my daughter made a series of boats out of sticks and leaves. It was an all day activity trying out different configurations and then letting them float away on the lake. It was entirely her idea. Had it been mine, it probably would have lasted 15 minutes. She did say that she would like to take watercolor paint with her next time.
I do like the advice in this book, as it does follow proper wilderness etiquette like packing out your used toilet paper.
This book is an incredible resource for families just beginning their outdoor adventuring. A trip camping is way cheaper, healthier, and memorable than a trip to Disneyland. I remember more details from my childhood camping trips than those to amusement parks.
All families should go camping!
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