Picture waking up to the sound of birds chirping, the wind rustling in the trees. You are comfortably snuggled in flannel softness, ready to start your day. Sounds great, doesn’t it? That is what tent camping is all about. And you don’t have to be experienced to do it. Here are the seven reasons why tent camping is the best way to camp.1. It’s AffordableNothing beats tent camping for affordability. With just a tent and tarp you can be set to go on a great camping adventure. The great thing about tent camping is you can literally decide the night before that you want to go camping the next day and off you go. Of course, you will probably want to add to the list with a few extras. A sleeping bag and air mattress or pad is a nice extra but a sheet and some blankets will do just as well. A tarp and some rope is also a good idea, especially if you run into rain during your trip. You can hang the tarp above your tent and attach it to the tree trunks surrounding your tent. This makes for a great umbrella for your tent and will keep you dry in the event of an unforeseen rain storm.2. Unlimited Camping LocationsThere is virtually no limit to where you can go tent camping. Unlike RV and Pop-up camping, tent camping can be doe just about anywhere provided you have permission. And really, there are enough public campgrounds throughout the US to choose from. Tent camping makes it ideal to camp close to home which is especially good if you are trying it out for the first time. In fact camping in your backyard is an excellent way to do a trial run before you commit to a longer trip.3. Being Close to NatureTent camping is a great way to get to see nature up close. If you live in a large city this is a great way to see nature at its finest. Want a lake view? Just find a lake with a campground and you are all set. Love the beach? The same thing applies. Many lakes and beaches have campgrounds that cater to tent campers.4. Minimal PreparationGot the tent and sleeping gear. Just add a flashlight, charcoal, food, a few folding chairs and a container for water and you are ready to go. Sounds too simple? Well, you could add to the list but the point is tent camping can be done with minimal preparation and you can still enjoy yourself.5. Easy to Set UpTent camping is the easiest form of camping for setting up. The way tents are made these days it only takes a few minutes to have the tent unpacked and assembled. Dome tents are usually the easiest to set up and usually come with easy to follow instructions. It’s much easier with two people but even one person can put together a dome tent.6. Kids Love TentsKids love camping in tents. Aren’t your kids already playing tent in your house with sheets? Tent camping is a great way for families to have a vacation with minimal amount of expense and effort. It’s also a great way to get your kids involved in helping “set up” camp. They will enjoy watching (or helping) you assemble the tent. Who knows – you might be able to sit back and watch them set up the tent!7. Anyone Can Do ItTent camping is something that doesn’t require experience. Anyone can enjoy tent camping, young and old alike. Just a love of the outdoors and a willingness to try something new and anyone can become a tent camper. If you would like to learn more about tent camping, I would like to invite you to visit my website www.familycampingplanner.com for more information. Tent camping is a great way to see the country without spending a lot of money and you may find it’s the best way to camp.
Summer camps are basically guided excursions for children, especially conducted during their summer vacations. According to the old concepts, a summer camp would be a picnic in some forest where kids have lots of fun. But this concept is fast changing as kids as well as their parents are demanding something more from the camps. As a result summer camps, including summer day camps, are trying to introduce more and more activities that tend to cover topics like education, religion, performing arts, etc. Summer day camps are camps that are organized for the whole day and the campers return to their respective homes once the timings of the camp are over. These camps are held for more than two days or more.Summer day camps tend to work well for parents who do not want to send their children away for long duration or for kids who are too young to travel alone. The only thing that the parents have to do is to leave their kids and pick them up everyday from the camp. As a result it is best for the parents to choose camps closest to their residence.These summer camps cover academic as well as recreational activities. They focus on the overall development of the child. This helps the kids to cover their education loss due to summer vacation and also provides them sufficient time to enjoy themselves. These camps not only focus on the entertainment part but they are all about enjoying outdoor living and working together setting aside all kinds of differences.There are certain precautions you must take while arranging for such camps. If it is a summer swimming camp make sure that every kid knows how to swim. You don’t want to be held responsible for letting a non-swimmer into the water. Also make sure that all the kids have their costumes on. Going into the pool with their shoes or in their dirty clothes is unhygienic and even dangerous. Try to wrap up the swimming session within daylight and serve them some food to satisfy their appetite as soon as they come out of the water.There are a number of professional trainers who are in-charge of the camp. These camps follow strict discipline and rules and regulations and ensure the safety of the children, which is of prime importance. That is why it becomes very essential for the parents to research about the different kinds of camps available. Find out about their working and about the camp staff.
Wanted: Affordable, fun summer getaway for busy family. We are busy, fun-loving parents with a zest for life and active young children. We love to occasionally “unplug” and would like to nurture a life-long love of nature in our children. We seek family-friendly mini-vacations that are local, affordable and offer something for everybody.
If the above description describes your family, then read on. This summer, consider camping!Camping is one of the most fun, affordable and family-friendly recreational options around. There are thousands of public and private campgrounds in the United States. Chances are, there’s a campground within an hour’s drive that offers fresh air, starlit nights and miles of hiking trails at less than $30 per night. What’s more, kids love it. Scientific studies confirm what kids know instinctively – enjoying nature is good for your brain and your body, leading to reduced stress levels, better health and happiness. Perhaps you’ve never been camping before. Perhaps it’s been ages since you went with your parents.
No worries. If you are ready to give camping a try, congratulations! Here are planning tips from experienced campers who have walked this path before you and are, indeed, happy campers.· Keep it simple. For your first trip, plan to go car camping (where everything you’ve brought from home can be at your campsite) vs. backpacking (where you’ve got to carry everything with you). Book a site at a local campground and plan to stay just two nights. Bring easy-to-prepare foods and plenty of snacks.
· Hitch up with experienced campers. Invite friends who are experienced campers to join you for your camping debut. You’ll be glad for the company; they’ll be gratified to show you the ropes. In fact, campers are by and large a generous lot, and will enthusiastically share favorite camping recipes, stories and advice on everything from buying camping equipment to choosing the choicest campsites. Plus, your camping mentors will likely already have all the right camping gear and will help you set up your tent.
· What’s your adult to kid ratio? Traveling with extra adults always makes traveling with kids easier. Even if adults are outnumbered by kids, your chances of grabbing some “downtime” will be much improved when there are more adults to share the responsibilities and pleasures of camping. On one of my family’s best camping trips, we were joined by four other families. While one energetic adult and a teenager adored by the younger kids led the gang on a creek-walking adventure, one couple prepared an afternoon snack for everyone, another took a nap, one mom relaxed with a good book, while another enjoyed peacefully swinging in a hammock. Two dads sat chatting. With more adults in your camping group, there will be more opportunity for everyone to be as relaxed or energetic as he or she wants-and ensure the kids are taken care of, too.
· Bring comfort food. Life’s a picnic when you’re camping! Sharing food brings a family together, and is something everyone can enjoy. You’ll find:
Camping stimulates appetites.Everything tastes better when you’re camping.Kids often find other people’s food more appealing than their own, so if you’re traveling with others, bring enough to share. It’s fun to try new or different foods while camping.Bring comfort food that the whole family will appreciate, that’s simple to prepare, and doesn’t easily spoil.Snacking is a pleasure. Everyone loves to gather around a campsite and snack. Even if your family doesn’t normally snack, consider making your camping trip a special occasion.
· Keep the peace between older siblings. Like most kids past the toddler stage, mine tend to bicker. One of the best ways I know of keeping the peace between siblings is to invite friends to join us. The result? Kids love the opportunity for an extended playdate and find ways to occupy themselves. Depending on the age spread between siblings, siblings will either be too busy playing with their similar-age friend(s) to bother with a sibling, or everyone will play together in a more harmonious group.
· Gather round the campsite. A highlight of any camping trip is gathering around the campfire and toasting marshmallows. Other time-tested techniques for some downtime around the campsite are to bring books, a ball, deck of cards, games.
· Water, anyone? “Don’t get wet,” you tell your kids. Minutes later, they’re…wet. Water draws kids like a magnet, offering hours of entertainment. Whenever possible, we look for campgrounds that offer a beach, lake or creek for water play and exploration.
· Go on a night walk. There’s something about walking in the quiet of night, under a starlit sky, that is good for the soul (and exciting for kids). If it’s a full moon, you won’t even need a flashlight. Bring flashlights, headlamps and glowsticks with you, and your children are sure to want to lead the way.
· You can’t beat the weather. Good (and bad) weather makes a world of difference when camping. Enough said.
· Scouts’ motto: Be Prepared. Basic comfort and safety is essential to enjoying camping. (Note: reference to checklist). Make sure your sleeping arrangements are comfortable (thanks to a good tent and sleeping pad/air mattress), you bring the right clothing (layers provide the most flexibility; bring warm clothes for chilly evenings and mornings), your stomach is full (don’t skimp on food and drink), and you’re well protected (bring plenty of sunscreen and bug repellent if needed. Make reservations for a campsite in advance. Make a packing list and check it twice.
Ready to go? Give camping a try. You’ll be glad you did.
There are plenty of resources available on the web for planning your camping trip -campground reviews, online campsite reservations, recipes, packing lists, gear reviews and online communities where you can give and receive tips from other campers. For a list of some of the best of these online resources, please visit http://www.gocampkit.com/resources.htm