Apache Camper Blog

  • Published on Jun 15, 2015
    Rain, Rain, Go Away, but Please Come Back Another (camping) Day.

    Camping season is in full swing, and right now is one of the wettest springs in recent memory.  The toughest thing for any family is when the kids are stuck inside for a rainy 3 day weekend.

    This is the true test of the size of a camper – when the kids are bouncing off the walls, and antsy and driving you crazy.  Now is the time to pull all the tricks out of your bag.  Avoid the Ipods and phones, and get down to some good old fashioned board games.  When I was growing up, my parents concentrated on Monopoly and Scrabble.  These 2 classic games ended up being an educational tool as well.  Scrabble for spelling and Monopoly for math and logic.

    There are other ways to keep the kids (big and small) entertained as well.  Some families use cooking as entertainment – engage the kids in the process – teach them to make something as simple as sloppy joes or chili in the crockpot.  One of my friends used to teach the kids the secrets of her famous potato soup.  The idea is to make sure they are active in the preparation by peeling the potatoes, etc.  Another fun thing is to have them create their own recipes after they get the hang of the classics.  You can keep them entertained for hours this way.

    Never forget to bring books for them – whether reading for fun or coloring – it is the perfect way to keep them occupied as well as sneak in a little education on the side during the summer without them ever suspecting.

    Pinterest is a definite lifesaver these days.  Choose child friendly projects and keep supplies for those projects on hand – you never know when they will come in handy.

    Card games whether gin rummy or something like UNO are great ways to get the kids engaged and having fun.  One of our friends taught his daughters to play poker and they actually used candy as the coin.  They played with our daughter for hours, and our daughter has never forgotten that special camping memory.

    The most important thing to remember about camping in general is that it is family time, a time that the kids will never forget.  Relying on TV, Ipod or phones are forgettable and unfortunate when there are so many other great ways of interacting with your kids.  The biggest memory for kids – even the 2nd and 3rd generation campers coming into our shop is the time with their parents or grandparents.  No one comes in with bad memories of the time in the campers – whether the plumbing was broken, or the air conditioner was on the blink – they always talk about those times with a wistful smile and always with great stories that they want to re-create with their children.

    So, go out and camp and don’t let a rainy weekend keep you away.  Sometimes those are the most special weekends and the ones you remember the most.

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