The household camping trip belongs on that delightful list of “Maturing American” together with discovering how to drive, the art museum on the fridge, and hand-me-downs.
Outdoor camping, with it’s pioneer-like elements of homesteading and fresh-air dining, fosters a many-hands-make-light-work environment and a sense of accomplishment for all. When kids see their efforts have equal value to adults, it can have a positive effect on the family dynamic
Getting rid of camping’s mistakes, from overambitious cooking attempts and ignored tent pegs, to a lot of marshmallows and insufficient paper towels, can be the beginning of family legends. With time, the dropped canoe paddle and the lost maps enter into your family’s distinct story.
Sometimes it’s hard to lure older kids to anticipate an outdoor camping journey. In general tweens and teenagers will “get with the program” once the shock of leaving the house has gone away. The busy-ness of establishing camp is a terrific diversion and can work as a good attitude adjustment period. Or you can bribe them with the addition of a good friend. If one teenager readies, why not take 2? Preserve a semblance of control by asking, “would you prefer to welcome X?” instead of the open-ended “who would you prefer to bring?” The addition of another kid is typically favorable. Unlike your own children who are being forced into the unfortunate scenario of a household vacation, the other child will see this as an opportunity to evade his or her own family. And just as in a good motion picture, the supporting players can add to the enjoyment of the grand production.
The biggest perk of a camping journey, apart from getting away from work-a-day obligations, is the personal advancement of all household members. Just as business book retreats and soft adventure getaways to cultivate cooperation and confidence, so can your outdoor camping journey improve the communication and relationships within your household.