When it comes to that time of the year when the children are approaching their summer holidays. Many families make the decision to put their children in a summer camp. This allows the parents to relax and enjoy some time away from the kids and an entertaining way for the children to enjoy the long summer days.
However, parents can decide to make a vacation away a family event and find a suitable location for the entire family to enjoy a summer camping experience. Below are some fun ideas that will keep the kids entertained and add some excitement into a camping adventures.
1. Ghost stories
This is a classic that has never ceased to add an exciting twist to camping adventures. The ghost stories should be told around a campfire with marshmallows and hot chocolate just before bedtime. Today, parents can use the knowledge of the Internet to search for some interesting and fun ghost stories to use. Preparing for the event is essential to add an intense action that will ensure the children remain interested and entertained.
2. Nature Hikes
Children have boundless energy and the best way to burn off some of that energy is to take a long nature hike just before the sun sets. It is always best to travel in a group and have some knowledge about the trail and what to expect. Nature hikes can provide endless hours of fun and entertainment as well as a good way to tire out the kids. To add in an added level of difficulty parents can introduce tasks to complete along the way to make the trail more challenging and tiring.
Parents should ensure that their children have the correct clothing and shoes that are suitable for hiking expeditions. In addition it is always important to take along enough water and sun block for those hours walking in the sun. Packing a fun and nutritious lunch can be a fun way to relax along the way.
3. Scavenger Hunt
This is another classical activity that has been enjoyed over the years. Parents can pack a box of items to use that can be hidden a few hours before the game or use the surrounding forests and mountains in order to locate specific items. Adding in riddles, trivia or ‘fill in the blanks’ can add more hours of entertainment. It is important to plan the activity with the children’s age group in mind and not to make the activities too difficult to complete.
The game should be interesting and fun for the children. This type of game can be turned into a puzzle along with a set time limit in which the tasks should be completed. Planning ahead and using the surrounding environments can make the game more interesting and fun.
These camping activities are fun for both boys and girls from planning the bait and rods to finding a suitable fishing spot. Local lakes, rivers or streams that are brimming with fish may be more advisable than venturing into the unknown. Fishing expeditions are a great way to bond with the kids and even a way to teach them some valuable life skills.
When catching edible fish such as bass or trout, the activity can include catching, cleaning and then cooking the fish for dinner that night.
5. Bug Identification
This activity may need a bit of planning to begin with and it is always advisable to stick to the bugs that are well known. Making lists of about twenty different bugs that are common to the camping area that are regarded as harmless are a good choice. These types of bugs can include: frogs, crickets, moles, grubs, snails, slugs and grass hoppers. In addition plant and tree identifications are just as fun and will keep the kids entertained for hours on end.
It is always best to plan summer camping activities in advance to ensure the camping trip is off to a good start from day one. Camping expeditions will always require a good sun screen, first aid kit and the appropriate clothing for hiking adventures. Camping activities should provide children with a fun, engaging and exciting way to learn new things on those long summer days.