Teaching Camping and Outdoor Safety to Kids
-Always Stay Close to Camp:
Kids should never ever wander off alone when you are camping. Being in the woods just makes things way to easy to get lost and it could take hours to find them if they do become lost. Teach your kids to play around camp and not to wander off as it could be very dangerous.
If anyone at camp needs to go away to get water, or use the restroom, etc. make sure they always have a buddy with them. Let you kids know if they need to get up in the middle of the night or anything to always wake you up so you can go with them.
There are a ton of bugs that can sting your kiddos out in the wild, make sure they are wearing bug repellent and trying their best to avoid these. They will also want to watch out for poison ivy, poison oak, and other poisonous plants. To prepare them, show them what these things look like and let them know never to touch these plants.
It is so important to stay hydrated in the woods because, well you are in the middle of no where. Make sure you have a ton of water on hand and everyone is staying properly hydrated.
Lastly, you will definitely want to remind your kiddos to avoid any wild animals such as bears and coyotes. These can be VERY dangerous. The best way to do this is by remaining close to camp and not venturing into any non-camping areas.