Camping Trips for Children

It is a fact that going on a camping trip is a lot of fun and at the same time very exhausting.  But one of the things you can do to boost everyone’s enjoyment level is to plan activities for the kids.

Here are some great ideas that are proven fun times:

Go Swimming

Make sure your campground has a pool or a swimming area such as an ocean before you head out.  Swimming is one of the main activities that is enjoyable for everyone, so it’s real important to have this facility available to you.  Something in nature is best, like a lake.  Some parks will also have a boat rental service where you can rent boats or canoes. Your kids will love this but  make sure the little ones are wearing floaties at all times.

Biking and Hiking
Most camping sites have biking trails for you and your family to explore. Be adventurous and make sure you get hiking maps of the area before you go anywhere.

Plan your time properly, so that you would be able to make the whole trip and back to your camp before it gets dark.

Bird or Animal Watching
Most forest parks and camping sites have brochures or leaflets about the different types of animals that can be found around the area. A fun thing to do is to buy books on wild animals before your camping trip and play a game with your children and see who can spot the animals first. Just be sure that you keep your children at a safe distance.

Outdoor Games
Learn how to play tug-o-war or the classic sack race or just plain tag together.  These are great bonding experiences for the entire family and children love these games. 

Make sure that you are playing in a clear area to avoid unwanted accidents and also avoid making loud noises that might disturb other campers and especially the wildlife.

Scavenger Hunt
Who doesn’t love to go on a scavenger hunt?  But it takes planning ahead of time to be successful, so this is something you can do at home before you arrive at your campsite.  You’ll need to bring some stuff with you and can probably find other stuff to scavenge for when you get there.

Learn to Read a Map and Compass
Educate your kids on the importance of navigation and explore the forest with them using the maps and compasses. Show them the location that they are at now on the map and where you guys are going.

Build a Campfire
This is a must to every camper including your children.  You will build fond memories of sitting around the campfire, talking and maybe even singing.  It’s loads of fun.

Watch the Stars
This is both fun and educational. Get everyone to lie on an open field and appreciate the free light show in the sky.  You can buy a kind of telescope that will tell you exactly what type of star you are looking at. This is endless fun and education for everyone.

Stand in the Rain
If you get lucky enough to be camping in the rain – go out and play for heaven’s sake!  This is so much fun for kids and adults alike.  Get wet and just enjoy Mother Nature. Sit in the mud puddles and make stuff.  Do avoid sitting under big trees if there is lightning.

Deep Breathing and Yoga
This is a great time to do some deep breathing together.  Children don’t usually need to learn it – they do it naturally.  But probably adults could be reminded and you could all do some relaxing postures together.  Spend some time in the silence, just listening.  Then encourage everyone to talk about how they feel.

Going on a camping trip doesn’t offer the conveniences of a modern home but will offer you one of the best experiences of your life.