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Camping and kids: start ‘em young, start ‘em early

Posted April 22, 2011, at 2:08 p.m.

Okay, okay — spring is a little tentative this year, but it’s really not too early to take your kids out into the woods. And doing it soon means avoiding black flies, deer flies and ticks while getting up close and personal with peepers, vernal pools, and budding shadbush. You don’t have to go far to have a nice overnight camping experience, either — just bundle up, bring lots of snacks and keep it simple.

Writing for Natural Parenting, Katie Kimball has some practical ideas for camping with your youngsters, even in this chilly weather.

“Last year the weather forecast called for temps in the low 40s at night during our planned camping time.  With our then 15-month-old everything-goes-in-the-mouth daughter, we did it anyway. It was 42 degrees when we exited the tent wearing knit caps and mittens.

And you know what?

We had the best time.

I highly recommend camping, rustic or not so much, as a frugal, adventurous, eco-friendly, memory-making, family togetherness sort of vacation.  You CAN survive in the woods with little children, who really won’t eat quite everything.”

Check out her suggestions here. And have fun!  — Meg Haskell, BDN