What to Consider When Choosing a Campground

What to Consider When Choosing a Campground

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What to Consider When Choosing a Campground

What to Consider When Choosing a Campground

Are you interested in taking a camping trip? Whether you are interested in going camping alone, with your family, with your romantic partner, or with a group of your friends, you will need to find a campground to camp at. While many individuals just choose to go camping at the nearest campground, you may want to think about not doing the same. In the United States and probably even close to your home, you should have a number of different campgrounds to choose from. So, why not just take the time to make sure that you choose the best one for you and your needs.

If you are interested in taking the time to find the “perfect,” campground you may be wondering exactly how you can go about doing so. In all honesty, it will depend on your own wants and needs, as well as the wants and needs of the rest of your camping party. Although not everyone wants to get the same thing out of their camping trips, there are a number of important factors that you may want to think about taking into consideration, when looking for a campground to camp at.

One of the many things that you will want to take into consideration, when looking for a campground to camp at, is the cost of doing so. In the United States, you will find that most campgrounds require the payment of an admission fee or a camping fee and occasionally even both. The cost of the admission fee or camping fee will all depend on the campground in question. For instance, many smaller campgrounds charge smaller fees. Also, you will likely find larger fees for campgrounds that have more onsite activities.

Speaking of onsite activities, activities are something else that you may want to think about taking into consideration, when choosing a campground to camp at. When it comes to the onsite activities of a campground, you may want to take a look at the scenery. If a campground has on onsite lake or pond then there is a good chance that swimming, boating, and fishing are activities that you may be able to enjoy. Campgrounds are also often home to hiking trails, biking trails, playgrounds for children, and much more.

How reservations are taken is another factor that you may want to think about taking into consideration, when choosing a campground to camp at. For instance, there are some campgrounds in the United States that randomly assign you a camping spot. On the other hand, there are campgrounds that allow you to handpick your camping spot out of all available locations. Many campers prefer choosing their own camping spots, as it tends to give them some freedom over their camping trip and how much fun they have. If you are picky about where you would like to camp, you may want to find a campground that allows you to choose your own camping spot.

Although it is nice to know what you should look for in a campground, it is also important that you know how to find them. If you are interested in camping locally, you may already know of a number of local campgrounds. If not, you should be able to use your local phone book or ask those that you know for recommendations. As for campgrounds that are located a ways away from your home, you may want to think about using the internet. A large number of popular campground parks have online websites and a standard internet search should them you find those websites, which could be used to learn more about the campground in question.

As a reminder, you may want to think about taking the time to research a number of different campground parks. It is important that you remember that no two campground parks are the same. To ensure that your next camping adventure is as memorable as possible, you may want to make sure that your intended destination is perfect for you and the rest of your camping party.

 

Summer Camp Activity Plays Large Role In Attendance

Summer Camp Activity Plays Large Role In Attendance

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Summer Camp Activity Plays Large Role In Attendance

One of the largest deciding factors in selecting a summer camp is that of the summer camp activity that children will be exposed to during their time away from home. Swimming is a very popular summer camp activity and is likely to be explored if the camp is near a lake. Depending on the location, sailing and canoeing may be another popular summer camp activity that children can enjoy under the close supervision of camp counselors. These experienced individuals will be responsible for coordinating and ensuring the safety of, every summer camp activity during the entire duration of the child’s stay.

For children who cannot swim, hiking is a fun-filled summer camp activity that allows children to explore and enjoy nature at its finest. Hiking trails, small streams and the beauty of the undisturbed wilderness is a sight that every child will enjoy and may even snap a few photos to remember their favorite summer camp activity. A disposable camera is one of the best ways that children can capture special moments with new friends, a popular summer camp activity that they always want to remember or to send home to their family.

Every child enjoys some type of sport whether it is volleyball, football, basketball or table tennis. Much to their liking, sports is a very popular summer camp activity that all children can participate in. This is a popular summer camp activity, in part, because it shows children how to work together as a team and brings them closer together as they strive for a common goal. Sports are also an important part of a physical activity, which will help children to remain active and will promote physical fitness.

Not every summer camp activity is one that requires a lot of physical strength, however, as children will often be invited to participate in arts and crafts. This is a popular summer camp activity because it explores the creativity of each child and allows them to showcase their talent by creating something that is completely unique and may serve as a constant reminder as their time enjoying a favorite summer camp activity.

Weather permitting; another popular summer camp activity is to have a cookout. Grilling hot dogs, hamburgers and roasting marshmallows are a terrific way for children to explore the world of cooking. Under the close supervision and participation of qualified camp counselors, everyone will enjoy a nice cookout under the sun.

Getting Children Organized For Summer Camp

Getting Children Organized For Summer Camp

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Getting Children Organized For Summer Camp

For most children, summer camp is what you might call a more-and-less experience: They may have made a lot more friends while away, but they usually return home with a lot less of the clothes and other personal items than they originally packed. Blame it on the camp laundry or just childish carelessness, but that tends to be what sleepaway camp boils down to.

So, what’s a parent to do? The obvious answer: Label everything.

Ah, but what parents have time to write their child’s name on every piece of clothing, camping equipment, toiletries and sporting goods that kids tote off to camp each summer?

One convenient option is labels and tags that come pre-personalized with the child’s name, address, and phone number. Parents save time and headaches, and kids are a lot more likely to bring home the T-shirts, flashlight and sleeping bag they left with.

“One of the biggest challenges parents and children face when organizing for summer camp is packing and keeping track of personal belongings,” notes Amy Lipton, an organizational expert, mom, and CEO of Stuck on You.

Some of the company’s camp-friendly products that can help keep kids organized include:

• Vinyl labels-Available in big and small sizes, these waterproof, UV-resistant, peel-and-stick labels go on any smooth surface, from water bottles to sunscreen, from goggles to iPods to hairbrushes.

• Clothing tattoos-Permanent, iron-on transfers available in white, navy or pink. They stick to clothing the way a logo is printed on a T-shirt.

• Bag tags-Brightly colored plastic tags that make it easy to identify children’s luggage. Mini- tags are also available to identify keys or pencil cases; they can even hook onto zippers, so children can identify jackets, duffel bags and more.

• “Call me” cards-Preprinted with a child’s contact information, these cards are great to hand out to friends, easing the bittersweet emotions of summer goodbyes.

Camp Out at Fort Wilderness

Camp Out at Fort Wilderness

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Camp Out at Fort Wilderness

The Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground continues its tradition of being one of Disney World’s best-kept secrets. The only campground at the Walt Disney World Resort offers a tranquil getaway for families and couples alike. Relax within the confines of the lush Florida landscape lined with rustic woods teaming with friendly, local wildlife.

Where can I stay?

For the well-traveled visitor, Disney provides top-notch hookups for mobile RVs. The adventurous crowd is encouraged to pitch a tent and unwind in secluded campsites after a long day at the parks. If your party values the pleasures of comfort and convenience, make yourself at home in the spacious Fort Wilderness log cabins. Each fully air-conditioned cabin comes equipped with cable TV, VCR, kitchen, daily housekeeping, and a charcoal grill for cookouts. All guests are invited to take advantage of strategically placed ‘Comfort Stations’ which include private showers and laundry services.

There always something to see and do!

Guests are welcome to kick back and relax at Fort Wilderness’ private white-sand beach, Bay Lake Beach. Other activities near the water include boat rentals, two full-size swimming pools, and fishing for the entire family (catch-and-release only). If you like to stay active even while on vacation, there are several tennis courts on site (equipment rental not available) and bike rentals along the three-quarter mile path to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge which also serves as a jogging trail. Young children will surely enjoy Chip ‘n Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-long, where they will sing songs and roast marshmallows all while watching a Disney feature film under the stars. Hit the trail with the kids and enjoy the petting farm, pony rides, horseback riding, and carriage rides. Be sure to visit the cornerstone entertainment experience at Fort Wilderness, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue for a musical comedy the entire family can enjoy.

All that fun’s made me hungry!

No sweat. Fort Wilderness also offers various dining options on-site. For a quick bite in a casual atmosphere, visit Crockett’s Tavern and enjoy a menu that includes: pizza, smoothies, appetizers, and a full-service bar. If you’re craving a bigger meal head to Trail’s End Restaurant for a family buffet in a quaint, rustic setting. Now, if you don’t feel like you want to sit still while you eat, treat yourself to a great feast at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue dinner show. You may also want to pay a visit to Mickey and his friends at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ for an all-you-can-eat character picnic.

A great alternative to standard accommodations

Now going 24 years strong, the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground continues to cater to the adventurous Orlando traveler. If you’d like more information on this resort, feel free to contact them directly at (407)-824-2900 and you’ll be one step closer to enjoying the great outdoors!

Summer Camp And Saving the Planet

Summer Camp And Saving the Planet

Summer Camp And Saving the Planet

  It is not often that you combine summer camp with saving the planet, but that is what is happening Colorado these days. Reducing pollution is the name of the game at the moment, and any group that reduces their carbon footprint by reducing pollution, and offsetting for anything they can’t reduce, is to be applauded. Colorado Summer Day camps group Avid4 Adventure is doing just that by calculating the volume of carbon their camps emit into the atmosphere, and then finding ways of reducing it and offsetting what cannot be eliminated or reduced.

Avid4 provide summer camps for kids aged 5 and up and introduce them to activities such as kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, white water rafting, mountain biking (the right way) and horseback riding among others. Great for kids raised in towns and cities that don’t get much chance to take part in these activities.

To date the program has resulted in:

· A reduction in coal consumption of 17 tons, or the weight of 42.5 minivans
· A reduction in emissions of 33 tons, or the weight of 238 male African elephants

To help achieve this they:

· Purchase carbon offsets from payments made by families that drive to camp

· Offer discount camp coupons to those that use public transportation to get to camp, use carpool, walk or cycle to camp. They then get their camp cheaper for being carbon friendly.

· Staff members get an RTD Ecopass, bike discounts and company vans for carpooling.

Not only do the kids get a great summer camp, but their summer activities have less impact on the planet, and they also learn to be eco-friendly. These small eco-warriors and their families learn about the resources that on their own doorstep when they want to repeat their camp experience, as the vast majority do. This cuts gas consumption by introducing them to local adventures where they previously would have driven great distances. Saving on carbon emissions and on cash – gas is getting no cheaper, and will continue to rise!

Avid4 Adventure are demonstrating what can be done with a little initiative, and the benefit of their approach lies not so much in the carbon they save, which is considerable since their goal is to make their camps carbon negative, but in the education and example provided to the children enjoying the facilities. They leave each summer camp more aware of what they can do themselves to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

Whether you agree with the global warming theory of carbon emission or not, this can only be a good thing. The nation’s children should be made aware of the problems the planet is facing and what can be done to relieve them, if only by a tiny amount. Lots of tiny amounts can add up to a pretty large whole.

It is important that many other camps and schools follow the example being set by Avid4, whose pioneering environmental conscience is certainly working in terms of their carbon footprint. They also provide family trips and multi-day camps that are designed around the logistical needs of parents and introduce the outdoors to the schools rather than having to bus children to the outdoors.

They operate a Leave No Trace outdoor ethics, so the countryside is left as they found it. This also educates the kids to respect nature, and the younger element also enjoys half days of art, yoga and music and movement.

There is little doubt that this group are not only doing their share of reducing carbon emissions, but also demonstrating to our children the importance of this, and also how to respect nature and the outdoors in general. If more follow them, particularly the schools, we can be sure of leaving this planet in good hands.