Cool and Cheap Summer Family Fun ~ Backyard Camping

July 18, 2011

Each summer millions of campers head out to parks or other public campgrounds.  You don’t have to go far to give your children the outdoor experience ~ plan a campout in your own back yard.  Backyard camping is perfect for young children, especially if they have never been camping before.  Should they become frightened by the noises and strangeness of the outdoors, you can easily move indoors for the remainder of the evening.  Another benefit of backyard camping is that you can simply stroll into the house if you forget something!  Remember to pick a clear night and keep a close eye on the weather. 

You will need:

  • a tent
  • sleeping bags, quilts or blankets
  • pillows
  • flashlight
  • snacks

Setting up a tent for the first time can be challenging, and backyard camping gives you a chance to learn all the quirks of setting up your tent. It’s also a good time to test out all of your camping gear that has been in storage since last fall. 

Make this a real camping experience.  Start the night off with a bonfire.  Eating outside is one of the best parts of camping, so be sure to roast hot dogs and s’mores.   

For children, there is something almost magical about walking in the dark, so go for a walk, listen to the night noises and look at the stars.   Have a snack and a sing-along before you pile into your sleeping bags for the night.