Archive for the ‘Camping’ Category

Childhood camping

So when I read this story, it took me back immediately to my childhood and are days of camping, particularly out west. The article is entitled “What You Should Take on a Car Camping Trip” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger.

While unfortunately I haven’t done this with my kids, we have a family cabin up north and so I think we’ve gotten some of the same benefits. I also wouldn’t trade those memories for the world. I don’t think my kids would either.



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Camping checklist

For some reason, I’ve been motivated to start cleaning out my desk drawers at work and I came across some an old copy of a journal that I use to read (until it went out of business) entitled Wonderland and it was actually opened to an article on camping. Now I couldn’t find the article anywhere online until I visited the Wayback Machine over at the Internet Archive and so I’ve posted it below.

The article is entitled “The Art of Camping” by Catherine Newman. Now even though  I might disagree with the number of items on the packing list (courtesy of the book I’m now reading, “Let Them Be Eaten by Bears : A Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids into the Great Outdoors” by Peter Brown),  I still think the article is very much worth reading.




To the great outdoors we go

So I’m reading a new book now and it’s entitled “Let Them Be Eaten by Bears : A Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids into the Great Outdoors” by Peter Brown. This is one of those books that I checked out on a whim and usually when I go with my gut, I do pretty well. This one is no exception.

One of the first topics he hits upon is one that I learned about a few years ago reading Richard Louv’s first book Last Child in the Woods, called nature deficit disorder. Something that I’ve tried to make sure my kids are immune to by doing our share of outdoor adventures such as Amphibian Night, the Owl Prowl and the occasional trip to a park.

Something they aren’t immune to however is the television. In fact, just today I read an excellent article over on The Christian Science Monitor and via Children & Nature Network (which is in fact an organization started by Richard Louv) that really refutes a lot of what is said in a recent ad by Toys ‘R’ Us.

The article is entitled, “Toys ‘R’ Us Messes with Mother Nature: Trees vs. Toys +” by Amanda Paulson. Check it out, it too is worth the read.


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NASA to the rescue

It seems like you can’t turn around these days without some type of natural disaster. In fact, just the other day was the one year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy so when I saw this other story on camping trailers, I was intrigued.

It turns out that a former NASA Architect, Garrett Finney, designed what he calls the Tiny FireFly Camper.  It’s a camper that not only is very futuristic but can also be used today in times  of need, such as when there is a natural disaster.

You can learn and see it in the article “NASA Architect Designs Tiny FireFly Camping Trailer for Adventure and Disaster Relief Applications” by Lucy Wang, at Check it out.



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Getting back up and running

It’s been a while but today is as good as day as any to get going again. School and life will do that to you.

I hope everyone had a fun time at the Great American Backyard Campout last Saturday. I know my kids did. I’m hoping to post a picture or two via the National Wildlife Federations website soon.


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Forty days and nights

Okay, it hasn’t been raining for forty days but lately it feels like it. With last Monday being some of the worst, my kids were looking for me to build them an inside fort and while I did build a couple of small ones, my thoughts turned, first to how to make a really cool one and then to camping because my daughter has been asking to go camping.

That said, I got an e-mail recently from one of my favorite organizations, the Children & Nature Network. Long story short, here’s a great article on how some school curriculum’s are turning green. It’s entitled ” Teachers and Schools Embrace Green Curricula” by Harriet Blake at Green Right Now.

And for those of you who are in to camping, check out the Great American Backyard Campout on the National Wildlife Federations website.

Finally, here’s one more article to enjoy from the creator of the Children and Nature Network, Richard Louv. It’s entitled  “The Gift of Nature“.


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