Parents, if you are reading this then you are likely already GIFTING your children the joys of camping and outdoor adventures. Like the lovely Brown family pictured, who we met at Goondiwindi Golf Club in Queensland, this winter. (It has FREE camping if you play golf). Their son LOVED the new CAMPS wrap on the vehicle.
This is what we reckon Mums and Dad’s ticklist for educating young campers is:
1 PICK UP
Leave an area tidier than you found it. If a bin is overflowing, take your rubbish with you. Simples! Especially if free camping is to continue for future generations.
2 RESPECT NATURE
Respect our beautiful world. Obey signage. Be croc-wise and dingo safe. Learn to listen to nature as they hike or swim under waterfalls. If you are on a station stay or farm, leave gates as you find them and follow their rules.
3 NO JUDGEMENT
I’m talking about how people camp. Whether you are in a mega Big Rig or a swag, we are all together enjoying nature, maybe a campfire cook-up and we all sleep under the same stars.
4 BE CONSIDERATE
Noise. Music. Screaming. Teach your kids that many people escape to nature for peace and quiet. When it is lights out, dim down the volume also. (Parents like us know this doesn’t always work with teething babies or excited kids.)
5 GOLDEN RULE
NEVER, I repeat, NEVER park or set-up too close to other campers! If there are plenty of options – park away from other set-ups. Parents, teach them young to ensure your tent or awning ropes, cars and bikes don’t encroach into their area. Walk around sites rather than through other people’s.
6 HELP OUT
Finally, camping is fun. We are lucky to be camping in this beautiful country of ours. But it can also be some work. You know what they say about “many hands”? Show your kids how to pitch in. Peel a carrot, wash a lettuce, hammer a peg, offer to wash up or dry – and start them young!
Hope to see you out there!
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