There’s no greater bonding experience than delving into nature with friends and family. That’s the basis—and continuing sustenance—of many of our friendships.
That said, deciding whom to take on your camping trip is not something to rush into.
The most beautiful destination in the world can be soured if people aren’t getting along, or if one person in the group is having a miserable time.
Know the members of your group well, their abilities, fitness, threshold for “roughing it,” and personality quirks. That goes double for the family pet! First, be sure the campground allows pets, but also consider your dog’s temperament.
Ease first-time campers, whatever their age, into the outdoors by choosing a campground with lots of amenities, and perhaps starting with a quick overnight.
Young children are often delighted in the most basic aspects of nature—it’s all new to them! Be on the lookout for fun teaching moments at every turn.
Teens may require more excitement and structured activities. Schedule in a paintball game or whitewater rafting to keep them engaged. The rewards of a multi-generational trip are long-lasting memories.
Grandma and Grandpa may not mind sleeping in a tent if they have a good air mattress or cot. Or they may opt to bring their camper or stay in a cabin nearby. Everyone can come together for an evening barbecue and chat around the fire. A campground with varied options is a great location for a family vacation or reunion that will make everyone comfortable.
Scout and youth group trips come with a whole other level of challenges. You’ll need a boatload of patience and a big ”bag of tricks.” But such experiences can be something kids will remember for the rest of their lives.