Keep­ing ac­tive while camp­ing

Lethbridge Herald - - HERALD SPORTS ✦ TOP STORIES - Tanya Whip­ple LETH­BRIDGE SPORT COUN­CIL

Camp­ing means dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple but whether you lay your head un­der the stars, in a tent or in an RV, the best parts of camp­ing are the other com­mon de­nom­i­na­tors. Camp­fires, camp­ing food, re­lax­ation and time spent in the great out­doors.

With­out the dis­trac­tions of ev­ery­day life, and since there’s no Wi-Fi in the for­est, camp­ing is a great op­por­tu­nity to get ac­tive and work up an ap­petite for those camp­fire s’mores!

Depend­ing on where you are, there are the ob­vi­ous ac­tiv­i­ties, such as swim­ming, fish­ing, bik­ing and hik­ing.

Be­fore you head out, check what ameni­ties the camp­ground has to of­fer. Some camp­grounds have ten­nis courts, ball di­a­monds, horse­shoe pits and bas­ket­ball hoops. There might be a mini-golf course or a reg­u­lar course nearby. If your des­ti­na­tion doesn’t have any of those things, grab the gloves and play catch in any green space, Fris­bee on the beach, or turn your bocce into “freestyle” bocce, where you go any­where you want and ob­sta­cles just add to the chal­lenge!

The wide open spa­ces of the great out­doors make a great set­ting to gather up your friends and some fel­low camp­ing strangers (a.k.a. new friends) around the camp­ground for a fun game of flag foot­ball or kick the can! I can’t think of a bet­ter place than the woods to play hide and seek, have a scav­enger hunt, or go bird watch­ing. If your camp­ground has a beach, re­mem­ber beach vol­ley­ball and Fris­bee; if there’s a pool have a game of wa­ter polo or Marco Polo.

Camp­ing is a great op­por­tu­nity to learn a new game. Have you heard of “Seven Stones,” “Tee-Wong-Law” or “Kubb”? These are great games for all ages and can be played al­most any­where. If you’ve never played “Grounders” head over to the play­ground and ask any school-aged kid for in­struc­tions!

If you need a lit­tle help think­ing of some fun things to do while camp­ing, you can visit our web­site and check out the #YQLChal­lenge list of 150 things to do. There might be some things there you loved as a child and want to try again, or per­haps some things you’ve never even heard of. You will find ac­tiv­i­ties you can do on your own, with a buddy, or with a large group of peo­ple. If you need to bor­row equip­ment, check out the Leth­bridge Pub­lic Li­brary’s loan­able equip­ment col­lec­tion be­fore you hit the road. If you join us in the #YQLChal­lenge, you can pick up a pass­port (to help you keep track of what you’ve done) at the Leth­bridge Sport Coun­cil of­fice (sec­ond floor, Ni­cholas Sheran Ice Cen­tre), Leth­bridge City Hall, third floor, Leth­bridge Pub­lic Li­brary, Lane Archery, South­ern Al­berta Eth­nic As­so­ci­a­tion, and He­len Schuler Na­ture Cen­tre.

While it’s im­por­tant to main­tain an ac­tive life­style even on the week­ends, also take the time to en­joy the sun­rises and sun­sets, en­joy the fresh air and re­lax around a camp­fire. My other favourite part of camp­ing is the op­por­tu­nity to sit on my lawn chair with my feet in the creek while en­joy­ing a good book.

Have a great long week­end, wher­ever it might lead you.

PS. Last week we men­tioned ‘adult recre­ational sports leagues’, but didn’t give you the de­tails. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Leth­bridge Sports and So­cial Club on Face­book or their web­site:

Tanya Whip­ple is the pro­gram and com­mu­ni­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor for the Leth­bridge Sport Coun­cil

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