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Ten Great Tips for Car Camping with Kids

April 30, 2012 – 10:15 pm
Bring along nets and turn a hike into a butterfly safari.

Before kids, camping happens on a whim. Want to go camping? Sure. Toss a few things in the car and off you go. After kids, you need a professional organizer. We asked Helen Olsson, author of The Down & Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids to give us her top ten tips for car camping with kids. After a trip or two, you’ll wonder how you ever camped with out them.

How Campgrounds Can Help “Get Your Nature On”

June 1, 2011 – 6:55 am
The Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail is perfect for families who bike or use a stroller to explore the outdoors. It's located about 10 minutes from Lock 30 Woodland Campground.

Who needs summer camp? Campgrounds aren’t just pit toilets and camping sites nowadays. Increasingly, campgrounds are adding educational programs and activities designed to help the whole family learn about the outdoors.

Geocaching in New York Campgrounds

May 30, 2011 – 6:00 am
Campers geocache at Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort in Bath, NY

The Campground Owners of New York association is getting campers excited about geocaching through a 15-campground geocaching passport program launching June 1.

Great Books for Getting Kids Outside

May 4, 2011 – 5:00 am
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Road trips are great. As a family, we love loading up the car and hitting the road. But I will be the last to tell you road trips are easy. If they were, there would …

Camp Cooking: Going Dutch!

March 24, 2011 – 6:00 am
Lodge

One of the biggest jobs associated with camping as a family is keeping everyone fed. Hot dogs over the fire are easy enough, and a variety pack of those little cereal boxes make breakfast as easy as pulling a jug of milk from the cooler. But go the extra mile with one or two meals and camping becomes an outing everyone looks forward to, and cooking can keep everyone involved.

Best Ideas for Stuffing that Camper’s Stocking

December 11, 2010 – 9:10 am
Fox 40 Safety Whistle

Here’s a short list of some great gear for your family camping adventures. Some of it’s for kids; some for adults. Our only guideline was to find great gifts that would fit in a jumbo holiday sock.

The Adventurer’s Handbook

October 18, 2010 – 6:10 pm
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The Adventurer’s Handbook by Mick Conefrey offers useful survival skills for your next camping trip or geocaching adventure.

S’more Fun: 10 Best Places to Get Your Marshmallow On!

August 17, 2010 – 6:26 am
Smore

A summertime rite-of-passage, roasting s’mores around the campfire has been a family tradition since marshmallows found their way onto grocery store shelves in the early 20th century. Road Trips for Families offers some suggestions for getting your marshmallow on, just in time for Nationional S’more Month.

RV Enthusiasts to Gather at US’s Largest Rally

April 14, 2010 – 7:24 am
The Rally

Just a couple of years ago, RVing was something that older folks did. Or maybe your camping addicted neighbors. But now, with the price of airline tickets and carry-on luggage rising, families are going back to the RV way of life. Especially for summer vacations. Last year on our road trip through Yellowstone there were dozens of RVs everywhere we stopped. Many rented. Families are going back to national parks and spending time together. But if you’ve never done much RVing, is there a place to learn more?

Great American Backyard Campout

June 20, 2009 – 2:47 pm
Great American Backyard Campout

There’s something magical about sleeping under the stars, even if it’s just in your own backyard. On June 27th, get your kids excited about spending time with nature by doing a little camping.