Throw a Family Reunion Campout

Take to the woods with these family-tested tips and all-natural activities

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A Budget-Friendly Family Gathering

As a way to get together with family, the old-fashioned camping trip is tough to beat: it's easy on the wallet, simple to pull off, and gives busy families a chance to unplug and be together in a natural setting. Whether it's just a weekend away with the grandparents or a full-clan reunion, a campout also lets kids be kids, and adults, well, they can relax knowing that woodland critters aren't likely to complain if the cousins get a little rambunctious.

Here we offer planning strategies, creative campsite activities and crafts, and delightfully wild outdoor games (Who Am I?, "Did You Know?" Box, Three-Way Tag and Hide a Bee) that can turn any camping trip into an adventure.

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Creativity Station

Grouping craft supplies together in one spot lets campers get creative whenever inspiration strikes. Provide the basics: scissors, markers, crayons, construction paper, and white glue. Crafters can use them, along with leaves, stones, pinecones, and other found objects, to express themselves (be sure to follow park rules regarding plant life). The following materials are particularly suited to the great outdoors:

  • An old sheet or a roll of paper. Cover a picnic table, and guests can draw pictures, write messages, or even design and fill in a family tree.
  • Paper plates. You'll have them with you anyway, so use some for crafts, such as our Family Faces Totem Pole.
  • Clear Con-Tact paper. Make instant art by pressing and sandwiching leaves, flowers, and other campground finds between the sticky sheets.
  • Glue dots, glue tape, and double-sided tape. These adhesives are mess-free and work well with natural materials.
  • String, yarn, or ribbon. A must for that camping classic, God's eyes, and for making our Nature Mobile.


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