Kids can get bored easily, complain occasionally, and are sometimes unwilling to do what they are told. When camping out with your children, especially if it is for the first time, the experience can be challenging. They get into mischief, and although this factor is sometimes distracting, you can use it to your advantage. Your kids, depending on their age, can help you with a lot of camping chores. The trick is to make it fun for all of you.
Preschoolers and Toddlers (2 to 5-year-olds)
Children in this age bracket cannot help with much, but that does not mean that they will stay out of your path while you go about your chores. The best thing to do is to teach them how they can help. Here are some of the chores these kids can assist you with:
-Setting up and clearing the table after meals.
-Picking up laundry and toys
-Cleaning the campsite by picking up any trash that surrounds your camp area.
School Age Children (5 to 12-year-olds) and Teenagers
Older kids are more equipped to handles heavier chores, and in as much as they should be allowed to grow their independence, you should try to monitor them closely, at least until they get the chores right. They can help out by doing the following:
-Cleaning up trash every night from the campsite and emptying this trash into the main dumpster every morning.
-Filling up water buckets from the water pumps.
-Making their beds.
-Light cooking chores that do not involve sharp tools or fires, like making sandwiches.
-Unpacking when you get to the campsite and cleaning up and packing when you leave.
-Airing out wet clothing.
-Sweeping the RV or cabin you are staying in.
-Setting up firewood and straightening camp chairs.
Giving your kids camping chores will make them feel like they are part of the whole experience. Teach them, work with them, and reward them for a job well done. It’s likely they will grow to be camping lovers just as you are and that’s a beautiful thing.
You can find more suggestions for getting the kids involved at Camp Chores for Kids – 8 Tips for Chores Your Kids Can Do In Camp.