Getting Down and Dirty While Camping

We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth and forgotten heaven.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Camping brings families together.  There is just something about experiencing the rawness of nature, the warmth of the fire, and the closeness of a tent or RV that bonds hearts and minds.

If you have never camped with your kids, I highly recommend it.  You don’t necessarily have to “rough it” for it to count.  You can rent cabins with full amenities and kitchenettes.  We owned an RV with a generator so we knew we would never be without a warm bed and electricity.

The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids

If you are looking for a great guide that literally walks you through the steps on how to camp with kids, Helen Olsson has created The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids to do just that.

Learn the basics of family camping, from choosing a destination and packing gear to setting up a campsite and keeping little ones safe. Create the perfect camp menu with simple and tasty recipe ideas. Discover foolproof tips and tactics for keeping kids happy and entertained while hiking. Explore nature through clever and creative camp arts and craft projects.

Although this book handles a lot of the topics you would need for tent camping and hiking rather than covering other options for getting back to nature, it still has a lot of application.

Starting with the basics which include seasons and locations for camping, the guide covers most of what you will need to know.

You will want to have this book handy for:

  • planning your trip
  • making packing lists
  • shopping for and preparing meals
  • entertaining and overcoming boredom
  • safety issues

Why the Down and Dirty Guide is great

I love the author of this book because she is a mother herself, as well as a very organized one!  This guide is very basic- she takes no information for granted.  It makes a perfect book for your kids to browse and learn from!

The illustrations in the book are clean and simple and they fit with the whole “retro” theme of the book.

Perhaps the most appealing parts of the entire book are the numerous checklists.  Olssen makes it easy for busy moms and dads to plan, pack, and execute an amazing camping weekend.

The checklists are interspersed throughout the text, but they are also located altogether at the back of the book for easy copying.

Making Camping Educational

I think my favorite part of the book is the chapter that deals with boredom and camping crafts.

Unlike some camping activity books I have seen, this guide integrates art and science into your camping weekend.  There are lessons and craft plans that let you plan ahead as well as do things spur of the moment.

This allows you to not only connect with your kids, but make the camping experience fun and educational.

Where to Buy the Guide

You can get the Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids from Roost Books or at Amazon (click the picture above).

Disclaimer: I received a free e-version of this book, however, it was not contingent upon this review.

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Aadel Bussinger
Aadel has been married to her career Army man for 13 years and they have 2 daughters and a freshly made son. She is a homeschooling mom, volunteer, and online college student. Her hobbies include cooking, organic gardening, sewing, and crocheting. She blogs about their military, unschooling life at These Temporary Tents.
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