Are you part of a divided family? Does your family consist of campers and non-campers? Today we are discussing the great camping compromise in these divided families.
Jenny left this comment on our blog,
My husband & son are big into camping, especially my son for some reason. He keeps begging for us to take him camping. Me, personally– hate it. Like…it’s not bad or anything but the last time I got dragged on a camping trip I froze my butt off all night. Was not happy…and I don’t really wanna do it all again.
So what do you do in this situation?
There’s the obvious solution. Let the campers camp and the non-campers stay home and do their own thing (as long as adults are present). But if the family wants to spend time together, it’s going to take some compromise.
How to Reach a Camping Compromise
Camp in good weather. You notice that Jenny mentions freezing her butt off. Nothing ruins a camping trip for newbies like extreme weather– too cold or too hot, rainy, etc… Certainly, having the right camping apparel, sleeping bag and tent should minimize these problems, but camping in nice weather is an easy way to start the camping trip off on a positive note.
Keep the first couple camping trips short for the non-camper. It’s all about easing them into camping and making the trip enjoyable.
Find an activity the non-camper will enjoy while camping. Campgrounds have a lot of activities to choose from, including horseback riding, canoeing, massages, touring historic sites, sightseeing and more. Once you find an activity they will enjoy, it should be easy for the campers to find fun activities around the campgrounds.
Consider comfort camping or yurt camping for that first camping trip. You can always step up the adventure level on future camping trips.
Camping is not for everyone and that’s okay. To each his own. Just remember, the great camping compromise runs both ways. Have fun at the Opera next week!
I’ll see ya by the campfire.
Amelia, from Tales of a Mountain Mama, also has a post about divided families called For the Love of Another: When Outdoor Time is Just Not Something You All Love. You can read her post here.
For information about first-time camping trips, see my post the Girly-Girl Camping Guide.
Do you live in a family of campers and non-campers? How do you make it work? What advice would you give to these families?