Camping trips are an excellent idea for an end-of-year activity. They’re not only fun for everyone who participates, but also educational. People often underestimate how much independence children can gain, and how many new life skills they can acquire during short periods away where they have to fend for themselves more than they would at home.
All too often nowadays, society focuses on the dangers of camping and the outdoors. “Oh, what if my child hurts himself?”, “what if someone gets lost?” etc. While others worry about not being able to cope without seeing or speaking to their child for a few days. It’s time to forget these concerns.
Camping is an age old pastime. Back in the day when parents and society as a whole worried less, children would get sent on trips alone. While it’s understandable that parents no longer want to accept this (the world is a more dangerous place), there’s no reason not to let your children go under adult supervision. They’ll come back with so many memories and stories to tell, and will be grateful to you for letting them go. It shows you trust them and think of them as grown up.
To reassure yourself that your child is ready to go, prepare for the trip together. Go on a shopping trip to get him or her kitted out in sturdy camping gear, and invest in a good backpack that could last for many more camping trips to come.
Pack a first aid kit and teach your child the basics about alerting adults, disinfecting wounds and using plasters and bandages.
A lovely activity to get mum, dad and child ready for leaving day is watching a few movies about camping, or reading books.
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