I grew up camping my dh grew up camping. We tried renting a pop up one time and going camping and well our daughter who was one ended up with an ear infection Friday night and we went home. So 1st trip was a bust.
I really feel that memories happen while camping and I want to give this to my children. My dh on the other hand doesn't think they can do it and though he is really a great husband training is not something he does well. No he does it well he just don't like to take the time to do it. So I am planing (w/ tent) to go during the week (Sun night-Tues or so) to our local state camp ground (10 miles away) and practice with the kids. How our voice needs to be, what needs to happen at night. I know it's a lot on my part but I think in the end, if God wills it, it will be great for our family. As hotels are not in the budget with 9 people.
So the questions: How to make it a great expericence but still instill these needed values in camping ediquite? Foods that are easy to bring when you have no electricity, and need simple yet somewhat healthy foods (which fruit, veggies, and home made snacks pre-made will help). What equipement is a MUST to bring that I might forget?
What other advice and suggestions would you offer. Please know I understand I am trying to tackle a lot, but I feel in my heart I am ready for this. Also, my dh will come to the camp ground and have dinner with us and we'll come home for a quick chicken/duck chores in the morning. Also, my dh offered to bring our 8 bikes so we have that option with the little ones. He says if we do good with this he is very willing and can't wait to go for weekends as a "family"!