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Why Camping Is Essential To Childhood

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ABCs of CampingJust as the ABC’s are to reading, spelling and writing, camping can be an essential part of your child’s survival tactics. Knowledge is power and the more your children know about their world, indoors and out, the stronger they can be in a time of crisis or emergency. Specific information about camping in the hands of a child can also keep them safe and prepare them for unexpected relocation or evacuation.

So what can you teach your kids while camping? Besides how to have a good time with mother nature, you can teach your kids a number of things from how to use a utility knife, to how to start and put out a fire. Teach them to use the outdoor grills, pitch a tent and other camping equipment. Show them how to catch fish…and more importantly, how to clean and cook fish! Show them how to cook and take care of themselves in the outdoors. This lifetime skill can come in handy at any time throughout their lives. Some of the skills that I learned as a Boy Scout have stayed with me forever!

To further your kid’s education in outdoor survival, geology, and botany, I highly recommend joining the local Boy and Girl Scouts of America. It’s an excellent organization with a reputation for improving the quality of kid’s lives. They will go beyond camping and teach your children to communicate, identify and survive the every day and the extraordinary events in life. If you have young kids, now is the time for them to join!

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Tips For A Fun Thanksgiving Campout

TurkeyThere are a few key things to keep in mind when planning a campout during a holiday–especially Thanksgiving. First and foremost, you must have atmosphere. Without it, you could find yourself surrounded by bored and listless guests who wish they were warm at home. You also need a great camping list geared especially toward Thanksgiving, and some great camping games to go along. Here are some tips to ensure you have everything you need to complete your Thanksgiving Campout.

Atmosphere: A holiday campsite isn’t a holiday without the tidings of decor. Inexpensive, plastic tablecloths especially made for Thanksgiving are a great start. Add a festive centerpiece and paper place mats (sheets of construction paper with cut out ‘hand-shaped’ turkeys glued to them) and voila! You have a festive table. Hanging cornucopia party lights, when used properly, are also a nice touch of holiday greetings. Place a Thanksgiving welcome mat at the foot of each tent to finish off the look of your site.

A Camping List is, as you know, is essential to any camping trip. For a Turkey-themed trip, here are the things I suggest you take, starting with the obvious: Clothing and toiletries, camping blankets, camping tents, family tents, outdoor cooking grill and utensils, THE TURKEY, sides, breakfasts, sandwich fixin’s for the turkey sandwiches – next day, snacks, hot and cold drinks, lots of water, decor, music, lights, a fire pit, marshmallows, hot dogs and an outdoor heater.

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Camping Furniture 101

Camping FurnitureAs technology continues to change and advance, so does the world of camping and with it, camping furniture. From modern gadgets and tools to innovative materials, camping conveniences are improving every day. This is great news for campers with disabilities, aches and pains or those who just prefer to be pampered a little, because camping furniture has become especially comfortable. Here’s what The Camping Guy has discovered about camping furniture:

Camping Chairs
When selecting a camping chair, be sure to avoid the most inexpensive models. They often bend after moderate use and tip back very easily. Coleman, Eddie Bauer and Crazy Creek are trustworthy brands. Crazy Creek has a comfortable long back air chair, which is unique. The seat and back are attached so that the weight of your seat supports the back. There are all types of camping chairs from upright with a footrest to camping chairs that let you lounge and have cup holders! Just like at home, watchin’ the game. :-)

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Quick Camping Meals In 5 Minutes

Easy Camping FoodThe Camping Guy brings you great recipes for your camping needs. From breakfast to dessert, these are quick and convenient ways to eat while camping out – for the non-cookers. For the quick and convenient crowd that don’t want to mess around, I suggest:

  • Breakfast - For a quick breakfast when you are unable to cook try granola and vanilla yogurt and with ripe pears and raisins is a great way to start your day. If you prefer something more traditional but still can’t cook, chop up some pearl onions, tomatoes, cooked chicken or turkey and toss them into a tortilla with some seasoning and pepper. Add other fresh vegetables, cheese or cream to suit your taste!
  • Lunch - is always a great meal for easy camping since it requires no cooking. Sandwiches are always the obvious choice but those sandwiches can be fresh and seasonal with these great topping ideas: hummus, sprouts, squash, avocado, tomato, basil, and carrot – for the vegans and cold cuts for the rest of us. If sandwiches aren’t appealing, salads are another great way to go. For a fun, seasonal salad topping, try almonds, cashews or pistachios. One of the Scout Masters would always make a “garbage salad” when we went camping. He’d cut up all the salad fixings and put them in a green garbage bag, add nuts and pour in half a bottle of salad dressing and shake. Tasted great!

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State Parks Reopen!

Campground Open SignThe deadly fires that quickly engulfed much of California in the month of October caused dozens of parks to close, many of which are state parks. Now, however, with the fires contained and the healing of California begun, most of those parks have finally opened again, making camping season possible, even after the tragedy of those fires.

Among the three parks that have remain closed are San Pasqual Battlefield State Park, in which the entire park burned and Palomar Mountain State Park, with over 65% of it’s land burned. Mount San Jacinto State Park, which remains closed, was not affected by the fires but stays closed due to the incredibly high risk of fire, from drought.

Happily, I have a list for you of the recent reopened parks in California. Stay safe and enjoy your returning camping trips to the California Parks.

Orange County
Doheny State Beach
Crystal Cove State Park
San Clemente State Beach

San Diego County
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
San Elijo State Beach
San Mateo State Beach
San Onofre Campground
Silver Strand State Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach

Riverside County
Lake Perris SRA

San Bernardino County
Chino Hills State Park
Wildwood Canyon Park

Go Camping!! And be safe!

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Have A Fall Campout You’ll Remember

Fall SunsetTo me, the most comfortable time of year is absolutely Autumn. It’s that time when the air goes through so many changes and does so much for us. It dances with leaves, contributes to beautiful sunsets and begins cooling things off for us in the States. All these memorable things are what makes fall an excellent time to camp.

Here’s some quick tips for camping in the cool, beautiful weather:

  • Firstly, pack layered clothing. Fall can be fickle, so starting off with a t-shirt and add from there is a great way to remain comfortable while camping. Don’t forget sweaters and light jackets or coats.
  • Be prepared for any type of terrain. Fall can be dry but is known also for a random shower. Pack both tennis shoes and boots so that your hiking experience is safe.
  • Take several thin blankets with you. You would be surprised at how warm most Autumn nights can be in a tent. This way you can lay on top of your sleeping bag if it’s too hot and get inside it if it gets cold.

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Cook Like A World-Class Camper

Fire roasted, glazed, baked or breaded. However you like it, the best camping food starts with the right ingredients and the best camping cookware. And the stove is the most important part. So, whether you’re camping light…backpack camping or car camping with family or friends, here’s some sure-fire (pardon the pun) stoves to get you cooking!

Coleman Micro Backpack StoveThe Micro Backpack Stove made by Coleman is a great investment to your outdoor cooking if you camp lightly. Coleman has been making camping stoves since 1942 and holds the best reputation for their camping products. The Micro backpack stove is small and lightweight but still powerful enough to cook any stovetop meal. The top regulator and bottom (propane canister) can be unscrewed and packed separately. Remember this is for one-pot cooking, but it gives off great heat to boil water or stew quickly!

Coleman EvenTemp 3-Burner StoveIf you’re cooking for a whole family, the Coleman EvenTemp 3 Burner Stove is the most popular in camping stoves. This new 3-burner design gets rid of the cold spots that occur when using a 2-burner stove and gives you even heat that’s great for pancakes, bacon, and omelets…you name it! It has two 11,500 BTU burners on the ends and a 5,000 BTU burner in the middle for all types of range cooking as well as side panels to block wind. The InstaStart push button ignition system takes all the hassle out of lighting your stove. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dropped a match onto the burner trying to get it going. :-)

I hope this helps with your camping cookware needs. Let me know your experiences with other camp stoves, what’s your favorite, etc. But above all enjoy the food! It always tastes better when you’re camping!!

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Secrets Of Camping For The Modern Woman

Woman CampingTaken from a woman’s point of view, my friend April, who camps a lot wrote this piece for you. Enjoy!

Women may be domestic goddesses and they are just as capable of roughing it in the wilderness as men, but who says they want to? There is absolutely no shame in the need for a clean, quiet retreat in the outdoors where there is a choice—fishing or a fish restaurant. Which is why I bring you information on the cleanest, most convenient camping in America.

The most obvious place to visit is Big Bear, California. In Big Bear, The Honey Bear Lodge has an excellent reputation for convenience offering in-room spas, kitchenettes, and every level of cabin comfort at reasonable prices. There are basic rooms, rooms for couples, individual cabins for families and parties and even cabin homes! Honey Bear Lodge is also less than a half mile away from the eclectic shopping that Big Bear is known for and less than 5 miles away from Baldwin Lake Stables where you can take guided tours on horse back.

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