Over the Easter break, I'm going camping with my son. My son enjoys camping, but any other times we've been camping in the past it's always been:
- With my wife there too, and other families with children
- At a caravan park, which was the 'base' for the entire trip
- In a large tent
This camping trip is going to be a bit different, as we're going to be camping in state parks, spending one night at each...Lerderderg State Parkhttp://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets ... e-Park.pdf Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Parkhttp://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets ... e-Park.pdf Creswick Regional Parkhttp://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets ... l-Park.pdf
... and because of the need to move (and the absence of adult assistance), it'll be an old-skool "3 man" tent, rather than the more elaborate tent we usually use for camping. I expect we'll stop at places along the way and won't be driving continuously for any long period of time.
I'm sure it's going to be a great time regardless, but I want to "be prepared", as per the old Scouts motto, and I'm not talking about pocket-knives, ropes and tarpaulins... I'm talking about the challenge of an 8 year old boy, and the ever-potential malaise of the 21st century child - boredom!
I do have a few ideas of my own. He took a bit of a shine to cricket at the last camping trip, so that should be on the cards. Bushwalking is on the radar, but whilst I could happily walk all day, I need to remain cognizant of the fact there's a not particularly sporty 8 year old in tow! Frisbee is always a good option too. Also, I've got a gas lamp so that in the evenings we can read stories together etc.
So, yeah... as you can see I'm not completely unprepared, but I'd welcome any suggestions anyone might have on possible activities, or for you to share some of your special childhood camping experiences so that I can get some ideas on how he, looking back, might fondly remember the camping trip in the way you remember parts of yours. (Mine all sucked, because I was forced to go camping with Scouts and dreaded school camps and being forced to do activities!)