Unplug During Your Vacation, Play Some Cool Camp Games With Kids

Backpack Pass
     Place some chocolate squares for your campfire s’mores into a small, brown paper bag. Write a command on the outside of the bag, such as, “Dance a jig.”
     Then place that bag inside another bag, on which another silly command is written. Continue placing bags inside bags (all with silly commands on them) until you have at least one for each player.
     Place the collection of bags inside of a camping backpack. Set the graham crackers and marshmallows out, but inform campers that in order to retrieve the chocolate, they must participate in the backpack game.
     Have everyone sit around the campfire and begin passing the backpack as you play music. When you stop the music, the player holding the bag must open the first bag, stand up and perform the task.
     Continue playing in this manner until everyone has performed a command and the bag containing the chocolate is revealed. Scavenger Hunt
     What better way to explore your campsite than with a scavenger hunt? Hide various pieces of camping gear for the kids to find, or make lists of things they would find in your campsite’s environment. In the woods, for instance, items to find could include an acorn, a red leaf, a piece of bark and a yellow flower.
     Give them the list and have them hunt for the items. You can set a prize for the player who finds the most items within a set time period, or give a reward for everyone who completes the list during your campout.
Backpack Pass
     Place some chocolate squares for your campfire s’mores into a small, brown paper bag. Write a command on the outside of the bag, such as, “Dance a jig.”
     Then place that bag inside another bag, on which another silly command is written. Continue placing bags inside bags (all with silly commands on them) until you have at least one for each player.
     Place the collection of bags inside of a camping backpack. Set the graham crackers and marshmallows out, but inform campers that in order to retrieve the chocolate, they must participate in the backpack game.
     Have everyone sit around the campfire and begin passing the backpack as you play music. When you stop the music, the player holding the bag must open the first bag, stand up and perform the task.
     Continue playing in this manner until everyone has performed a command and the bag containing the chocolate is revealed. Scavenger Hunt
     What better way to explore your campsite than with a scavenger hunt? Hide various pieces of camping gear for the kids to find, or make lists of things they would find in your campsite’s environment. In the woods, for instance, items to find could include an acorn, a red leaf, a piece of bark and a yellow flower.
     Give them the list and have them hunt for the items. You can set a prize for the player who finds the most items within a set time period, or give a reward for everyone who completes the list during your campout.

Gather around the campfire to play some games.

Careful Planning Leads to Safety When It Comes to Your Vacation

     All your planning has been done and you’re patiently waiting for leaving on your trip. But are you ready for your upcoming vacation? Well, let’s check and see for sure.
     First of all what’s in your trunk? When you’re taking an extended trip into the Sierra National Forest during the spring, summer, fall or winter months, there are some things that should be in the trunk of everyone’s vehicle!
     Naturally you need to carry chains with you when you drive to the mountains during the winter months. But you will find that chains can also be helpful if you encounter muddy roads or if you happen to find icy road conditions which can occur any time of the year.
     Aside from keeping your vehicle in good mechanical condition, you will need to properly inflate your tires and have a full fuel tank.
     The image to the right shows you all the items that might help keep you safe if your break down or if the weather turns really ugly.
     Stay with your vehicle if you get stuck, especially in the snow. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you.
     Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing wind, rain or snow and you can become lost. Don’t over exert yourself trying to push or dig a vehicle out of the snow or mud.
     Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. Now that you know a little more about travel safety, you will hopefully have, no worries. You have prepared yourself for any extra adventures.