Nature—the sublime, the harsh, and the beautiful—offers something that the street or gated community or computer game cannot. Nature presents the young with something so much greater than they are; it offers an environment where they can easily contemplate infinity and eternity.
This "recent photo" of kids tubing from the Lapland Lake website is our gang. Top Kid is front and center; Tree Kid (age 7) is on the left in the yellow coat. He just lost a front tooth.
Here's a link to a National Wildlife Federation article on the benefits of letting kids experience nature: SEVERAL STUDIES in recent years have shown that children who grow up exposed to nature reap psychological, emotional and physical rewards from that connection...."
Because it's fun! Not to mention healthy, relaxing, educational, and they love it. Because it provides quiet time, a chance to see new things, and instills a lifelong love of nature, enthusiasm for new experiences, self-confidence and responsibility. Tree and Top have been camping since they were babies and enjoyed every minute.
A few creatures we've seen in 2006:
- huge Polyphemus moth (in our doorway)
- huge bullfrog (Prospect Park bandshell during a heavy rain)
- young raccoon (Prospect Park at 3rd St)
Welcome to our kids camping blog!
We've created this blog to share our adventures outdoors with our family and friends and anyone who is interested in camping with kids. We'll post stories about camping with kids, enjoying nature with kids, and finding nature in the city.
Thanks for visiting! We hope you enjoy it.
We camped with friends at a group site off Dennytown Road in Fahnestock from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. This was planned as a trip for families from our school, but only one other family came because of a dubious weather report. In fact, there was just a bit of rain during the night and it was otherwise fine. The kids had a blast, as usual.
Camping at Hickory Run State Park in the Poconos area off Rt 80.
Packing with a lot of recriminations, and got going an hour or two later than we hoped. I forgot the toys and Tree Kid's fishing gear except for the pole. There was traffic leaving NYC (Holland Tunnel), and a thunderstorm/downpour on Rt 80, but the PA portion of the drive was nice and scenic.
It was November, 1999, and Tree Kid was all of 7 weeks old—not climbing trees just yet! We decided to take him camping for the first time. I suppose we were in full-blown, new parent "proving this won't change our life" mode, but we also truly believe that being outdoors is good for kids, at any age.