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Camping Tips

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Camping the great outdoors

• Plan ahead and keep it simple!

• A tent in the backyard is a fun way to prepare kids for camping.

• Consider having a separate tent for the older kids.

• Pick a camping spot that offers activities for the whole family. Is the site suitable for supervising the little ones?

• Pack light--bring just enough clothing for all kinds of weather.  Include comfy shoes and day packs for hiking.

• Plan simple meals, pack foods that don’t need ice, and prepare as much as possible ahead of time.

• Give each kid a large duffel bag to pack sleeping bags, mat, pillow, clothes, toys, and flashlight.

• Pack supplies in plastic storage containers with lids, the large ones can double for chairs.

• Pack a well stocked first aid kit including handy wipes, mosquito repellent, Caladryl lotion, and sun screen. Show the kids what poison ivy, oak, sumac and stinging nettles look like.

• Share the experience, have your kids pitch in with camp set up, cooking, and all clean-up chores.

• Short lawn chairs are ideal for adults to toddlers; a circular barbeque grate comes in handy for the fire pit; bungee cords and duct tape can be life savers; citronella candles can help with pesky insects.

•  Have your kids carry a whistle; if they should wander off, it’s more effective than shouting.

• Hang lanterns up away from younger children; always monitor kids around the campfire.

• Follow rules of the park; dispose trash in appropriate receptacles; treat mother nature with respect; call ahead--does the park sell firewood or do you need to bring your own; learn about and practice fire safety. 


Where is the O'Conner family?

When the lakes freeze over, the O'Conner family are having winter fun at this unique hotel. Where is the O'Conner family?
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