Can’t get away this summer?  Want to get in a little “practice” before the big trip?  Why not try camping in your backyard or have a family sleepover in your home.  A great memory maker.  (Truth be told- who doesn’t want to sleep in their basement playroom when there is a heat wave!)


  • Tent
  • Mattresses
  • Sleeping bags or sheets
  • Pillows
  • Flashlights
  • Special snacks
  • Water bottles


  • Set up your tent and camping gear in your back yard.  This is a great way to ease into camping (especially with the indoor bathroom close at hand!). Make it special with snacks, reading stories with a flashlight etc.  As a child, my sisters and I did this and caught the Northern Lights- an amazing memory!

Camp in your backyard or have a family sleepover from

  • Alternatively, set up some mattresses in an area of your home where your whole family can fit and have a sleepover together.  Make it a movie night or a time to stay up late, sharing stories etc.


  • Preparation for wilderness camping.

Safety Notes

  • Follow any safety guidelines outlined on your camping gear.
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