Camping has always been my favourite thing to do in the summer. I grew up spending my summers away at the campground and I love how now that I’m a mom, I get to share the goodness of nature with my own kids. My little ones aren’t so little anymore and it’s harder than ever to keep them away from their friends in the summer months but I’ve learned a few tricks along the way, as well as some great campfire recipes that they just can’t resist. Here’s what you need to know to make camping with teens a breeze:
Sometimes a campground can be a dud and you don’t want to find out when you get there with all your gear. Check reviews, see what activities are offered and what attractions are nearby. Camping involves making use of a lot of free time, which might be hard for some teens so a little bit of research will help to keep them occupied.
Living in the woods for a fe days can get uncomfortable for some. Have a plan to whip up a communal tented area for everyone to hang out. Bring lots of clean pillows and blankets (not your good ones) so the kids can get cozy at night. For some added fun, hang string lights (if you have a campsite with electricity). Play music- let them share their playlists and explain noise rules ahead of time.
I find that cook-your-own treats gives the kids a feeling of ownership over their eats. Bring a mix of things the kids can roast over the fire and items that you don’t regularly eat at home. Think of meals that are easy to cook and satisfy a hungry camper like this Campfire Breakfast Hash. It only has 5 ingredients and is totally easy to whip up in a skillet over the fire:
Do you have any camping food recipes you’d like to share? Leave a link in the comments and we’ll check it out next time we head to the woods.