•   Learn the different techniques for building a campfire and try a different one each night to discover which works the best.

Bible

Did you know that there are a lot of campers in the Bible? The Israelites camped for forty years in the wilderness. Jesus did not have a home, so He and His disciples very likely had to "camp out" during the night, cooking over fires. What about all the years Abraham and his family moved from place to place, living in tents?

Can you think of anyone else? Who do you think was a responsible camper? Can you find the passages in the Bible and read them? Can you find verses that remind you of camping in God's creation? Psalm 104:16-19 reads,"The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted; Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house. The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies. He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down."

Reading

     •   Kids Camp: Activities for the Backyard or Wilderness by Laurie Carlson. An outstanding resource book filled with fun and easy activities for your camping unit!

     •   Kids Outdoors by Victoria Logue, Frank Logue, and Mark Carroll. One of the most wide-ranging books on outdoor skills and camping available for kids. Has all the practical information a kid needs, from setting up camp and building a fire to cooking and equipment care.

     •   Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parish.

     •   Backyard Camp-Out Book by Douglas Love. Provides ideas for activities to enhance backyard camping experiences and demonstrate the connection between nature and science. Also includes safety tips and several recipes.

     •   Cooking on a Stick: Campfire Recipes for Kids by Linda White.

Vocabulary

knapsack, compass, rain fly, stake, cot, tripod, oar, hatchet, canteen, binoculars, lantern, tarp

Writing

Fill a notebook with all the sights and sounds you encountered on your camping trip. Make a journal and write about what you did and where you went. Did you go hiking? What did you see? How many miles did you walk? Did you go swimming? What did you eat?

Going camping gives us an opportunity to see God's creation up close. Take a few minutes, whether you are camping, going for a walk, mowing the lawn, or weeding the garden, to enjoy the sounds of the birds singing and feel the grass growing beneath your feet. God created all of nature for His enjoyment—and He has graciously given us the senses to enjoy it as well. 

 


 

Paula Miller is a children's author, freelance writer, and homeschooling mom. She and her husband Travis live in south central Minnesota with their 4 sons. You can read more about Paula's Faces in History Series for children 7 and up by visiting www.paulajmiller.com

This article was originally published in the May/June 2008 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Visit http://homeschoolenrichment.com/ to request a FREE sample issue today!