We love seeing families camping together, especially multiple generations. Too often our daily lives keep us from spending quality time together and sharing knowledge from one to another. This kind of sharing just happens naturally in the campground. We see it all the time.
A parent will patiently teach a child how to hold their breath and dunk their head under water. A grandmother will show her daughter how to fold clothes so they don’t wrinkle. A teenager will show a granddad an app on his phone that spots the constellations in the sky. All of these activities bring family members together. They get a chance to talk to each other, teach something and learn something too. It’s a wonderful thing to witness.
There is just something about camping that brings out the old dice and cribbage boards. The elders realize the youngers have never seen these games before and pretty soon they are all laughing as the ten year old is almost winning the pants off gramps.
Kids learn to fish from their older siblings or cousins and, of course, someone has to pass on the family ghost stories to the next generation for safe keeping. We see fathers show their daughters how backing up a trailer can seem backwards while turning the wheel, and mothers share recipes with their aunts who are camping two sites over.
There is more to camping than just spending some time outside. It’s about who you are spending that time with and the bonds you are building – and sometimes repairing – while you are here. We love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.