Camping is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Activities can be tailored to suit the needs of all different ages. The first step in planning your family’s trip is to decide what kind of camping experience you want. Does your family love pitching a tent and sleeping in the outdoors? Or do they prefer the amenities offered at an RV park? The decision depends on the comfort level of you and your family.
The good thing about camping activities is that they are not entirely dictated by where you sleep at night, whether that is in tents, RV parks, or cabins. There are endless fun family camping activities for large or small groups and the very athletic or the couch-prone.
1.) Sports & Games–If you have access to a large field and a large group, capture the flag is always a popular game. Any of the other more traditional sports are always a fun bet, including touch football, softball, kickball, or soccer. These games require very little equipment, so there is no need to take up too much space in your bag.
2.) Connect–The good thing about being away from civilization is that all of our modern conveniences are rendered relatively useless. Cell phones get little coverage, and there are no reality TV marathons on television to distract us. Being away from it all lets us really connect with our family and friends. You can play cards, cook a full meal by the campfire, sing silly songs, or tell stories (just leave the ghost stories for when the kids go to bed).
3.) Relax–As mentioned above, take advantage of being away from work, school, and daily chores. Lead your family in a quick meditation, keeping their focus on all the new sounds they are hearing. For the more limber (or adventurous) lead a simple yoga routine. Or just take a book or journal under a tree and get lost in your thoughts or those of another.
4.) Explore–No matter where you decide to camp, there will be many things to explore and discover. There are local plants and flowers, possible bird or small animal sightings, and often well-marked paths and trails. Of course, it is important to take tremendous caution when exploring new territory. That beautiful plant you spotted may actually be poison ivy. Designated paths are usually marked with signs for directions and their difficulty level but before you hit that dusty trail, make sure to learn everything there is to know about the area. It’s highly recommended that you acquire a local guidebook that tells you about flora and fauna as well as what areas you should avoid and best practices for dealing with animals you encounter.
Camping is truly a unique and memorable experience for all members of the family no matter what age and remembers always to leave the place you stay better than you found it. Clean up all trash, don’t go beyond the paved walkways, and never disturb what grows or lives naturally there. Most of all, enjoy!