Backyard Camping

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For many children their first camping trip is a few feet into the backyard. There’s nothing quite as exhilarating to a youngster as pitching a tent and sleeping outside, relatively independent of the house. Even though the campsite is less than a stone’s throw away from the house, many kids love backyard camping because they feel as if somehow they’re getting away with something, as if the confining rules of the house don’t necessarily reach their little camping expedition. Not only is backyard camping fun, but it’s a great way to get junior accustomed to camping and will make the first real camping trip a bit easier. Backyard camping is a lot like training wheels, it’s a little safety net to reassure the child that nothing can really go wrong. Check out the list we’ve compiled for you below from Edisastersystems.

By: Virginia State Parks

The main fixture of backyard camping is the tent. Kids like having their own private space and a tent represents just that. Help your child pitch their own tent, but let them take the lead, giving them a sense of accomplishment when it’s done. Even if it’s a little wobbly, a small tent that a child puts up can fill them with pride. It really does feel like “grown-up” camping. Backyard camping doesn’t need to be anything elaborate, just a small tent and sleeping bag will do. This is a great time to teach children about knot tying or maybe go over some lessons for a real camping trip. This is a great trial run before taking a child on his first actual camping trip.

This is a great time to go over safety rules when there isn’t the stress of actually being away from home. You can also have a camping meal … Read more...