Having a Backyard Camp Out with Your Kids

David Trammel's picture

I put this in Community Building because teaching your children to enjoy a simpler (collapsed) lifestyle is all about building the communities that will come in their lifetime.

Here's a good article on how to have a backyard camp out with your children.


"Camping is a great way to bond as a family, talking and telling stories around a campfire. It helps teach kids the value of working together to pitch a tent or cook a meal (or a s’more). And it’s a great way to get kids outdoors, watching the clouds or the stars instead of videos; playing live games instead of video games.

If you’ve got reluctant or first-time campers in your family, a backyard campout is a great way to ease them into the experience and get them hooked so they’ll be eager to try camping somewhere else.

Pitch a tent, start a fire (whether real or make-believe) and prepare food together. Explore nature, play games, sing songs and tell stories around the campfire. You’ll have a blast with your kids, and create fun camping memories that’ll last a lifetime.

We all need a break from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, as well as the electronic devices that keep us connected. Studies show that when you get out into nature, it helps reduce stress and keep us healthy. And if you don’t have the time or money for a family getaway, it’s easy to create a calm space in your own backyard."

David Trammel's picture

Here is a good article, not just for children but for us "adults" as well.


A few even I had forgotten about.

Blueberry's picture

My godchild did his first overnighter at 3years 2months he is now 4years 6months if he had his way camping out would be every week. We have acerage so there is a regular base camp area. Some of his friends and their parents also join in the fun. How many 4 year olds do you know who can start a fire using a ferro rod and make a tender bundle. Being a old fart at 70 I enjoy showing children the wonders of nature.

Blueberry's picture

If you place old paper on the ground and then cover with mulch makes a great weed barrier. Paper is made from wood so just give it back to the ground. A lot of paper is just burned so called waste to energy the bigger the city the more waste to energy projects