Camping - Backyard, Campground and Summer Camp

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    By: ActivityTree

    Camping – it can mean popping a tent in your backyard, full-fledged camping or going off to summer camp.  Though camping experiences can differ, one thing all types of camping have in common is the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family.  Who couldn’t use a little more of that?  Here are some tips to help you find the right camping option for you.

    Backyard Camping

    Not everyone is up for away from home, no bathroom, pray it doesn’t rain, camping.  That’s okay!  No shame in testing the waters with a backyard camping trip.  This is a fantastic option for younger children who have not been camping before.  In your backyard, you have the option of taking children inside to sleep in their own beds if they just are not ready to sleep in a tent.  Or, choose to camp in the daytime.  Set up the tent, make a fire and have hot dogs for lunch one afternoon.  Even if you are at home, you can spend time together, outdoors and unplugged.

    Campgrounds

    When your kids are older, or are comfortable being away from home for a night or two, consider a camping trip to a local campground.  For your first excursion, a campground within 15 miles of home will preserve your ability to head for home if you have the need. 

    I found a great resource for campground information.  It allows you to search by distance from a city. It also includes prices, reviews and confirmation of onsite bathrooms and showers!  Once you have your campground selected, be sure to reserve your spot in advance and check the weather.  If rain is in the forecast, plastic trash bags, and tarps for over and under your tent will help ensure you and your belongings stay dry - or drier.  Wondering what else to bring along? Here is a suggested packing list.

    Summer Camp

    When your child is ready to be away from home, without you, it is time to consider an overnight summer camp.  Typically children reach this stage sometime between age 10 and 13.  Summer camp provides children with an opportunity to establish new friendships, build confidence and independence and explore the world around them.  Not convinced?  Take a look at what the American Camp Association has to say about the benefits of summer camp.  Or, search on ActivityTree for camps in your area to read more about what each camp has to offer.  Worried about the cost of summer camp?  Read about financial assistance options for summer camp.

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