Todays kids and camping

Growing up i did alot of camping with my family and friends as a child.I remember most of the trips and they bring back great memories growing up.

I remember my brother and i could not wait until dad got home from work on friday night before we left on a weekend camping trip.We would always run to the window to see if dad was home yet.This would drive our mother crazy while waiting.I remember her say you have to wait boy’s he will be home when he gets here.

We could not wait to get to the camping site so we could run off on a great adventure.We had our fishing poles and tackle boxes ready to go a week before the camping trip.Now i am a father and have four boy of my own.The two oldest boys are not interested in camping at all the other two are to young to know.The two oldest boys frown on the idea they say why do we have to go that is so boring can we stay with our friends while you guys go.

When we get to the campsite they don’t want to help setup camp or do anything all they want to do is talk on the cell phone or play video games.What is with todays kids why don’t they want to spend time in nature camping and fishing.This was a very important part of a kids life when i was growing up.They act like they don’t have time for doing these kind of activities anymore.

I have noticed this with other kids aswell could it be because all of todays high tech toys like cell phones or video games i think that may be part of the problem but not all.How can we get kids interested in outdoor adventure activities again.

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3 Responses to “Todays kids and camping”

  1. pennsylvaniawanderer Says:

    My family used to go camping for our summer vacation every year. I’ll never forget those days. Building fires, sitting in the tent being a family when it was raining, the great parks we found… A great way for a family to spend time together.

  2. Camping and Equipment Says:

    Hi, Ed.

    I agree that it’s a trend that the kids of today don’t want to spend time with nature instead of their video games and Ipods. I believe that this is creating a larger problem for up the road. In the last 10 years or so, my husband and I have noticed a fastly increasing attitude of disrespect for nature from the kids in their late teens and early twenties. My theory is that they never learned to love and appreciate the outdoors when they were young and now all it means to them is to get away from the authorities and party hard and loud. I’m afraid that, because of all of the electronics in their lives, they never learned to use their imagination. To pretend that they are lost on the shores of some deserted island or to explore the forest and build a tree fort. We spent many hours building fantasy worlds while campinging in the bush when we were young. It’s too bad that now, more and more, we are running into what the Australians call “yoobos” and we call “neanderthals”, who are ruining many a familly camping trip. Oh, well. Times change.

    May the rest of your life be the best of your life

  3. edFrueh Says:

    Thank you for posting your thoughts Vicki!

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