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SUMMER CAMP TO GET THE KIDS OUTSIDE

6-26-14 by: ADNIN

So what do you have lined up to keep the kids busy, off the t.v. / video games and outside this summer? Not the easiest thing to do. So when my kids were young (say between the ages of 8 and 12) I would send them to summer camp that was full of outdoor activity. These camps are all over the place and the kids can discover interests that you may never have the chance to expose them to. For example in my family we spent a lot of vacations camping (even taking a cross country camping trip) but we did not do any rock climbing, surfing, rafting, cannoning or anything like that. It was at a summer camp that my son discovered an interest in rock climbing and white water rafting.

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Here is an example of the kind of climbing that the kids can experience. You can sign up for some of these activities at http://www.rockventures.net in Rochester, N.Y. I would send my son to something like this when he was young and he just loved it. Sometime the kids are a little afraid getting started but usually by the end of the first day they can’t wait to go back.

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And how about letting them experience a nice peaceful canoe ride down a river or for something more exciting some white water rafting on a river with rapids. You just have to see what is in your area. For the younger kids it is usually some type of day camp where you drop them off about 8:00 and pick them up bout 4:30 or 5:00. So they are gone all day with other kids their age and doing something fun. Another benefit of something like this is that they are usually exhausted when they come home and ready for bed after dinner and a bath.

When they are teenagers of course there are camps that they can travel to and take a longer adventure like for a week. If they really discover something they love then a week long camp of climbing for example can be perfect. These of course can be very expensive especially if they have to travel and spend airfare.

And it goes without saying that you need to investigate the camp and make sure they are safe because if not run properly these activities can be dangerous. So anyway look for something exciting in your area and send them to do something they won’t forget.

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CAMPING IDEAS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

6-9-14 by: ADMIN

We took a lot of outdoor camping trips when our children were young and they always loved it. Of course for the parents it is more work than staying in a hotel but in many ways it is more relaxing and much cheaper. The most important thing is to be really prepared for the trip. I would recommend staying in a campground with some activates if the children are really young. Something like a KOA with a pool. Also the KOAs have Camping Cabins which we stayed in when we took a cross country trip. You can get information from this site http://koa.com/ .

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Of course there are many size cabins and we always stayed in ones smaller than this one but you get the idea. This is great if you are arriving late and are too tired to set up a tent. I would check into making a reservation because these do tend to fill up.

When our kids where older (say 4 and up) we would stay in national and state parks. One of our favorites was Leo Carrillo State Park in California. It was so much fun going to fall asleep listening to the waves and then waking up early to the same sound. We were just steps from the ocean and could swim and buggy board. The water there is a little rough and cold. So bring your wetsuit and always be careful. (By the way if you are from the east coast and have never been in the Pacific Ocean I would like to warn you that the Pacific Ocean is much colder than the Atlantic even in the summer. People who live in California tend to have wetsuits. And the best time of the year to buy a wetsuit is in the summer.) That was a little bit of a side track.

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When we were on this trip we had a popup tent trailer and they are much more comfortable than just a tent.

Tent Trailer Rentals in San Diego and Orange County

You can rent something like this from this website http://easyrentrv.com/Tent_Trailer_Rentals.html .

We thought this was pretty easy to set up and to tow. Some of them have a kitchen and can sleep up to 6 people so it does make camping easier. So if you are going to camp with your children try to use some of the convinces that are available and enjoy the trip. Don’t just think of it as being unconfutable in a tent because there are many options and the kids will have a great time.

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Hunting- 9×24, olive, beige, white. brown, wood sign, home decor, wall art, designs, signs, family, hunting, gifts. $33.00, via Etsy.

I SPY for road trips……Very cute, used when we went camping. I put these in a sheet protector and had dry erase markers. Marlee (5) was able to cross off quite a few of them!

June 24, 2014

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Deer Antler Scoring. Need to learn this so, I know what Dan and my brothers are talking about. 🙂

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