CAMP OUT AND MAKE MEM­O­RIES

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE | FASHION - STAY AT HOME MUM WORDS: JODY ALLEN

Camp­ing in the back­yard is a fan­tas­tic way of en­joy­ing the great out­doors with­out hav­ing to lug all the gear into the car. All it takes is a lit­tle imag­i­na­tion to make a fun camp­site, and when you do you will be cre­at­ing mem­o­ries as well. Ac­cord­ing to South Univer­sity, mak­ing fam­ily out­ings a reg­u­lar ac­tiv­ity will help your child per­form bet­ter in school and strengthen the emo­tional bond be­tween you, your spouse, and your chil­dren.

1. PITCH A TENT

Don’t run out and buy a top-of-the-line tent when a sim­ple and less ex­pen­sive one might meet all your needs. Make sure you set up camp as a fam­ily so that your chil­dren learn the im­por­tance of team­work.

2. HAVE A BON­FIRE

Sit­ting around a camp­fire is one of the best parts of camp­ing. If you have a fire pit in your back­yard then you are one step ahead of the game.

3. PLAN A CAMP­ING MENU

An­other high­light of camp­ing is roast­ing food in the flames. You can put to­gether some sausages or even choco­late, marsh­mal­lows, and sweet bis­cuits to make s’mores. You can also put a cast iron pan on the fire and make grilled cheese or na­chos for din­ner.

4. STAR GAZING

De­pend­ing on where you live in the world, look­ing up at the star-pep­pered sky is al­ways price­less. As the dark­ness in the sky takes over you can try to iden­tify con­stel­la­tions com­mon to your area.

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