Who Knew Camping Could Make Your Kids Smarter?
The Survival Mom
by Lisa Bedford: How
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I challenged you to schedule a family
camping trip. My family
went on a 3100 mile road trip and camped about half the time. One
night we arrived late at our reserved campsite, only to discover
in was a concrete RV parking lot! There were generators running
all night long and a streetlight glaring through our tent window.
Live and learn.
thing I have always enjoyed about being outdoors is that it is such
a natural fit for kids. They love exploring the sights, sounds,
and smells that surround them. On one trip when the kids were younger,
we practiced walking through the forest as quietly as possible.
They had been learning about various Indian tribes and were convinced
they could move soundlessly through the forest! Another time we
took a bird identification book with us that came with recordings
of each birds call. We were delighted to hear the caw of a
crow, play the recorded caw, and then hear the live bird respond!
a natural way to introduce survival concepts and skills to kids
but also important academic information they will only learn via
a school textbook, if at all. Here are just a few of the ways you
can turn any camping trip into a great educational experience.
nature: Look for and identify animal tracks and edible plants.
Sit silently and watch and listen for animals. Identify birds and
their calls. Always popular, looking for animal poop, examining
it to see what the animals eats, and then identifying which animal
Skills: There are so many of these: locating and purifying water,
fire-starting, safety in the wilderness, and use of compass. Take
a night time hike to help your kids, and yourself!, overcome their
fear of being out in the dark and try walking on a safe path without
using a flashlight.
Cooking: Learn how to set up a safe campfire, cook over a campfire,
and use a Dutch oven.
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