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Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Next Family Camping Trip

Camping with kids: How to keep youngsters engaged for overnight outings.

Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Next Family Camping Trip
When setting up camp, pick a spot that gets lots of sunlight in cool weather, or choose a low spot that holds cool air when it’s hot. Let children participate in tasks, like cooking. (Shutterstock image)

The natives were getting restless. Eleven Boy Scouts were whining and shivering as we trudged through crusty snow toward the halfway point on our hike. But I had a secret weapon in my pack, ready for deployment at the turnaround.

They muttered and shuffled during fire-building, but when I whipped out a small, unassuming tube, the malaise morphed into puzzled looks. The patrol leader slammed it against a boulder and the spiral seam magically opened. Kids peeled off raw dough triangles, wrapped them on sticks and roasted their “mountain man bannock.” (Thanks, Doughboy.)

That tactic came from a bottomless bag of tricks acquired over years of Scouting leadership, but...

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