Traditionally, Camping With The Collards involves at least one close encounter with a bear, bobcat, coyote or snake.
(Editor’s note: seriously, what is it with the Male Species? Show them a snake, they’ll poke at it with a stick. The Todd doesn’t poke in a mean way, mind you–but why poke at all? Why? WHY?) The following list won’t help you negotiate camping space with the bear, but it does nearly everything else. I found this lovely list from Families That Stick.
CAMPING MENU We cook almost every meal on this trip – but we have a kitchen which makes it uber-easy. Also, we do family meals (serving about 15 people). Each family takes a night and cooks for everyone. Love it! (if you are looking for some great ideas, click the link below) Great blog post on camping menu & prep
VACATION BINDER: I make a binder to bring with me on road trips. The vacation binder includes:
1. Customizeable Vacation Checklist – As everyone has different items to pack – this is a great template that will help you print out your own packing list.
2. Passwords & account numbers that I may need away from home.
3. Map – printed out, so I don’t have to rely on cell coverage far from civilization.
4. Coupons for chain restaurants.
5. Nearby activities for destination.
6. Menu & grocery shopping list (and coupons, if I am really feeling organized!)
7. Map of destination area.
8. List of ideas when the kids start going crazy in the backseat. (super-great life-saver!)
9. Packet for receipts (great to be able to look back and see what you reallyspent!)
10. Camping menu (and the recipes to go with them!)
ACTIVITIES IN THE CAR:
1. A binder for each small person. Include things that are their age level, pertaining to vacation destination.
2. We include maps so the kids can follow along on the ride.
3. Car bingo.
4. Coloring pages, printable games, etc…
5. Small amount of spending money. This is great fun for the kids when you stop at a rest-area or gas station.
SNACK BOX: You will be shocked by the amount of money you can save by NOT shopping at the gas stations on snacks!
1. Frozen juice boxes & water bottles
2. Antibacterial wipes
3. Home made Chex Mix
4. Home made Chocolate Chip cookies
5. Cut up fruit & veggies
6. Cold juices and water
ACTIVITIES WHILE CAMPING (a.k.a. Make Some Memories!): click on these links for awesome project ideas – you will need to bring along a few basic items (which are listed on each craft) – for most of the crafts, you will need to take a walk in the woods and gather rocks, sticks, leaves and acorns. Paper Boats Camping Diorama Leaf Rubbings Sticks & Stones People Acorn Necklace Nature Prints Swirly Stones Super Easy Craft with Leaves Rock Bugs Hopscotch
Camping Scavenger Hunt List
All you need for this is just a list printed out for every “hunter” and a brown paper bag!
|1. Pinecone||6. Acorn|
|2. Smooth river stone||7. Bird feather|
|3. A Maple Leaf||8. Rock that looks like an arrowhead|
|4. Sand||9. Winged seed (like maple, dandelion, etc..)|
|5. An Oak Leaf||10. A rock that looks like an animal|
|Bonus #1: A bird nest||Bonus #2: An antler|
Camping Photo Scavenger Hunt List
Everyone takes their cell phones and this list into the woods and captures as many of these pics as possible! How fun and easy!
|1. Hollow log||6. Tallest tree you can see|
|2. Climbing a tree||7. Wildlife (extra credit for the best pics!)|
|3. An Oak Tree||8. A Pine Tree & team members|
|4. A boot print||9. Animal tracks|
|5. Animal scat (ewwwww!)||10. Swinging on a vine|
|Bonus #1: A bird in flight||Bonus #2: A beaver dam|
|**All group members must be in at least 1 picture!!**|