Camping for the first time can leave a lasting impression on anyone. A bad experience camping on a family vacation in childhood may lead to a future dislike of camping and, even worse, a general dislike of the outdoors.
That’s why, for your child’s first camping trip, you need to be prepared to bring the fun.
Games in the parks
Children aren’t addicted to technology; they’re entertained by the constant visual and physical stimulation technology offers them. So don’t worry about your child being grumpy about being separated from Wifi when you take them to one of our campgrounds. They won’t feel the need for technology as long as their senses are stimulated by games.
The best way to do this is by bringing a ball with you on your camping trip. 87% of those who go camping participate in multiple outdoor games and activities. Playing catch or soccer with your child can easily entertain them for hours and, if you don’t have a ball, games consisting of running and strategy that stimulate your child’s senses and intelligence such as hide and seek or tag can preoccupy them just as well.
If running around isn’t your style, but hiking is, stimulate your child’s curiosity by teaching them about nature. “I Spy” is a classic game with children. Consider teaching your child a few different species or types of tree, plant, or bird and then try to spy them throughout the hike.
One of the best parts of camping is at the end of the day when the sun’s gone down and the fire is lit. Consider taking this time to teach your child about fire safety and how to enjoy as well. No running around a fire area is always a good tip as well as teaching them about what is a good proximity. Teaching them about how to safely put out a fire is always a good education as well.
After the fire pit has been dug and the fire break has been made, it’s time for another great part of the camping experience: stories! Despite the common entertainment of scary stories, if your child is young consider telling them funny stories instead. Or, if you’re in a place that lets you see the stars, consider telling your child the stories behind the constellations you can see.
Jellystone Park Camp Resorts
Bringing the fun on your child’s first camping trip is essential to ensuring a future love of camping. However, while fun is important so is spending your time together as a family. Jellystone Park Camp Resorts lets you balance relaxation, exploration, and family fun all in one place by offering cool activities such as crafts, a splash park, swimming, volleyball, and horseshoes. For a great first camping experience, consider taking your family to Jellystone Park!