Kids love to be a part of the action and having them help with the camping trip is a great way to help them learn camping skills they will take with them into adulthohod. There is plenty they can do if you think ahead and plan accordingly.
Planning – Let them help you work with the calendar. You can discuss everyone’s activities and potential vacation days available. They can help define when the best time will be to go camping when everyone is available. It helps to teach them that there are many things to consider when planning the trip. There may be work projects for the parents and sports schedules for the kids. They will enjoy helping with this part of the planning and they love crossing days off on the calendar.
Packing – Give each child a packing list and their own suitcase or backpack. You can allow them a couple of miscellaneous items to decide for themselves such as list that you’ll need two games from each but they get to decide what those games will be. They can pack their own gear and be responsible for keeping track of it during your camping trip. It will build confidence and a feeling of independence which always makes a child feel good.
Clean Up – Help them to learn that cleaning up is part of the trip and everyone has chores to do around the campsite. Little ones can help pick up papers and clothing that has been left on the floor. They can make sure laundry makes it into the designated container. Older kids can help with meals and dishes. They will see that everyone gets to have fun when everyone pitches in on the work.
It’s also a good time to share some of the mechanics of camping with the kids. They can learn how to set up the tent, roll out the awning, and check fluids in the RV. They have much to learn if they are going to become lifelong campers themselves so the earlier you start, the better.
We can’t wait to see you and your family so be sure to make your reservation just as soon as you and the kids decide your best days. We’ll see you soon.