How to Prepare Your Child for Camp

I know there are parents out there who are lucky enough to have children that love the sun and their sports. I have a son whose favorite activity is to sit in front of the PS3 all day. Unfortunately, it is not feasible to leave a child to their own devices when you have to leave for work every day. I have found a way to energize a child for camp in spite of their reluctance to leave the house.1. You lie. Now this seems contrary to everything that we as parents have taught our children, or been taught ourselves, but I strongly suggest this as a great place to start. You tell them about the swimming, and the crafts, the friends and the hanging out at summer camp. You could even suggest that you loved camp when you were a child. This is important as you have to get their focus off of the fact that there will be no TV. You could even suggest that there “might” be horses, or some other favorite activity available for them to participate in. Now I must caution you, expect the whining and complaining when they find out that you were “wrong” about the treasured camp activity. You simply suggest that the activity was available when you went to camp and “my how times have changed”. By the way, it is not necessary that you have actually participated in a summer camp yourself. You just have to tell them you have.2. You allow them to pick out their own lunches. You might as well throw Canada’s Food Guide out the window at this point. This is not yet the time to enforce healthy eating. You take them with you to get groceries. You “must” allow them to pick out what junk food would make them happy. Now this is imperative to ensure an easy transition for the first week. A brownie is worth a thousand smiles. For all the health conscious moms and dads out there that are shivering at the thought of the impending sugar high, rest assured, the first week will drive you absolutely crazy with nighttime hyper-activity. You can thank me on week two. You don’t need to tell them that you will be replacing the junk food with carrot sticks after the yummy stuff runs out. You would not believe the euphoria that comes from the child who thinks that they will be eating candy all day. Now if your feeling a little guilty at this point, please refer back to reference point 1.3. You tell them they will be swimming all day long. Now, this only works if your child enjoys swimming. Use any activity that you think might sway them into wanting to go to camp. What is really important here is that you DO NOT tell them that there will be planned activities. If your child finds out that they are also going to be participating in activities that they may not enjoy, this will certainly be the deal breaker.4. Do not remind them that it will be hot. The child will find this out soon enough. Don’t burden yourself with the complaining that will come with this knowledge. As well, don’t tell them that they won’t necessarily be able to go swimming when it is the hottest part of the day. There are schedules to be followed and you can’t break with the schedule.The above points will help to build enthusiasm in your child. However, if you find yourself with a resistant child, this means any child that doesn’t respond well to anything about camp, there are a few things that you should know. All of the information contained above, doesn’t work. There are a whole new set of rules for you lucky folks.1. DO NOT TELL THE CHILD THEY ARE GOING TO CAMP. This is so very important. If your child should happen to find out that they are going to camp, they will make everyday until camp, and everyday in camp, a living nightmare for you. The trick is to keep the information from them until you are about to put them on the bus. Doing it this way affords you at least a temporary peace for the interim leading up to camp day.2. Make their lunch as nutritious as you possibly can. Send them with 5 grain bread with low fat cheese, carrots sticks, and anything healthy. This of course will make them genuinely unhappy, but they will be at camp, so you don’t have to listen. On picking them up from the bus, you ask them if they would like to have ice cream. They will be so thrilled with the junk food that they will forget about the horrifically healthy lunch they were forced to endure at camp. This also becomes their treat on returning every day from camp. This technique is very effective if you hold off on giving the ice cream until just before bed. Their behavior will be quite pleasing until the ice cream is had. As soon as the bowl is empty, or the cone is gone, the child must then be put to bed. This is to avoid the inevitable complaining about camp that will follow after the treat is eaten.3. Do not wake your child from sleep until 5 minutes before you are to leave for the bus. This way you can enjoy your morning coffee without listening to all the negative things that happened at camp the day before. You will have them on the bus before they even wake up. It works like a charm.In summary, camp is an essential element in a child’s summer. It keeps them out of the house, busy, and active. There are many children that, no matter how hard you try, will never enjoy the camp experience. These are just a few pointers to help get you through until camp is over. By the way, it doesn’t hurt to buy a pair of ear plugs just to be safe.

The Top 3 Must-Have Camping Equipment

Camping is a fun activity that you can do to be closer to your family. It is the best time to bond with your family and be in touch with nature. If you are planning to go on camp, there are lots of things that you must consider to ensure that the family will truly enjoy the occasion.The most important thing that you must take into account is the things that you will bring in the camp. Make sure that you are equipped with the right camping equipment supplies when going on camp. Having the proper camping equipment is of the essence to have a successful camping adventure.How important is the camping equipment to campers? Just like in any occasion, utmost preparation is very fundamental. This is also true with camping. The camping equipment is a top priority. With the right backpack camping equipment, you are confident that the whole camping activity will be successful.What to bring?TentThe camping tent is very essential in backpacking. It serves as your quarters where you can stay and have a good rest. For that reason, it is necessary that you select the right camping and outdoor equipment tent that is suitable to your needs. There’s a wide variety of tents to choose from. They range from dome type of tents, modified dome, tunnel, teepee, freestanding, and others. Also consider the size, color, and waterproofing. These features are also vital in choosing a good-quality backpacking tent.Sleeping BagA camping trip is not complete without sleeping bags. There are several things that must be considered when selecting a camping equipment basic sleeping bag. The foremost thing to consider is the kind of material that the sleeping bag is made of. Most traditional type of sleeping bags is made of wool and cotton. If you want to have a good night sleep, the modern sleeping bags are the ones that are highly recommended to use.BackpackA perfect fit backpack is the key to a less stressful backpacking. Choosing what backpack to use is easy when you know the size as well as the type of equipment for camping that you will carry. Select a backpack that gives you enough comfort. The straps are also important when buying a backpack. See to it that the straps are both comfortable and freewheeling. Also, check the backpack before you set off on the trip. Make sure that it can carry all the equipment that you will bring. Selecting the right camping and sports equipment backpack is very crucial in your camping experience. So choose wisely.On the whole, a camping adventure is not successful without the proper outdoor camping equipment and supplies. Usually there are no camping equipment shops near your campsite, so it is important to bring all the camping equipment that you need. To avoid stress in your excursion, make a camping equipment checklist of all the things that you need to bring. Make sure that all the important supplies are included in your camping equipment list. There is no other way to enjoy the trip than to be prepared and make sure that every single detail of backpacking is taken into consideration.

Tips of Making Up Your Camping Gear

You are going camping! That is exciting. But with all of the things you need to bring, you are all confused and your idea of fun is slowly draining. How the hell are you going to start gathering up your camping gear. You personally need to ensure that you have all the basic camping gear in the right place before you start camping. Here are sure ways to help you round up your stuff to compose the best of your camping gear.1)You may need extra camping gear more than you will ever know if you plan on camping for extended periods or if you are planning to camp outside of the cabin. Hence, you must plan your camping. If you are staying out in the wilderness instead of staying in a hikers’ cabin, then you have to carry a suitable tent, comfortable sleeping bags, or mosquito repellers. If you planning on staying longer, then there is a need for lighting batteries, more food supplies, or cooking equipments. It all depends on what you are planning to do on your trip. Have a list of activities to do alongside with the materials needed. Do not forget necessary items. As much as possible avoid the luxury ones. Do not bring things that you won’t be needing. The idea with outdoor travels is packing light for ease of travel.2)Get information and discounts on the best camping gear from catalogues. Every now and then, camping gear manufacturers and stockers send out mags or flyers with festive sales, discounts, or special infos. So make the most out of it.3)Go to the large shopping malls like Wal-Mart. They hold an array of basic camping gear available at a wide range of budget. They are also great for purchasing cheap but good enough camping gear (Just make sure to consider buying the more durable equipment, not just the good-for-one-use items, if you are a frequent camper).4)Practical experience tells you that you can make your own camping gear. Gather up on some books or online tutorials and march to the do-it-yourself store. Most of the items you probably need are just lying around the house. This reduces your camping gear expenses at a fraction of the cost. Plus, doing activities like this adds in to the fun of camping.5)Ask around among family and friends if they have the camping gear you need. There is always the practical benefit of mutual borrowing. Go ahead and buy one or two quality items that you can exchange. Just make sure that you do not cause damage to others’ invested equipment.6)Before buying anything else, consider the best backpack you could ever get to hold in the rest of your camping gear. This is probable the one thing that you want to invest in. Buy a good quality bag with just the right size (style is not that necessary). You certainly don’t want myriads of mini bags or tied-to-rope items hanging around when you traveling outdoors. And trust me, you will know what and how much to put in right after you have a good idea of where to put it.7)Check your food items. Consider taking in less by preferring dehydrated meals that are lightweight. When it comes to water, it is better to carry much as there may be no available safe drinking water around on the camp site. Bring very little sauces and seasonings like sugar and salt. You may not need jars and jars of them if you know what I mean.8)Consider the time of the year you will be traveling. If you are going out on the summer months, then bring along light clothing. If you are going out on the cooler months, then pack heavier but warmer clothing. And you might be needing a quality rainwear regardless of the forecast.9)Share your camping gear between hiking partners. Delegate who will bring what. This reduces the possibility of bringing more than you will need. You do not need too many flashlights do you? You get the idea.So those are the tips. Escaping the great outdoors is exciting, and to consider carefully planning your basic camping gear can even get you a long way in having the best vacation ever.