What Is Your Favorite Family Camping Story?
The tradition continues.
It has changed, but it continues.
Six summers ago your two daughters began the tradition of taking a summer trip to one of the cabin camping parks with their aunt and uncle and their three oldest cousins. Four summers of stories grew to nearly legendary proportions. From stories of being so hot in the first cabins that they rented that did not have air conditioning to the stories of the nicer accommodations they had another summer, the five cousins would laugh so hard their laughter became contagious. And while the cabin camping parks were a fun part of the weekends, the real stories were on times on the boat. Times on the water tubing and water skiing. Times flipping out of and off of the tubes and water skis.
Unfortunately, as the five cousins got older their schedules interrupted their extended family vacations. The oldest cousin got married and had a baby and the trips simply did not lend themselves well to a small infant. After two summers of not making the summer camping trip, however, the four cousins who were not married insisted that they again start the tradition. The aunt and uncle are not coming along this time so the meals around the campfire will be a little different, but after a few months of checking out cabin camping parks on line the group has selected a destination.the texts and the phone calls have served to finalize the details and tonight the four cousins once again continue their camping tradition.
The goals are simple, Have fun. Relax. Create such good stories that more of the family will join them next year.
Family Cabin Camping Parks Provide a Variety of Opportunities
If your idea of camping is a leaky tent on a hard piece of ground you might be both surprised and impressed with today’s camping options. From simple cabins that only have bunk beds and a table to elaborate luxury cabins that may be nicer than your home, the options for cabin camping are extensive. Families who want to feel like they are “roughing it,” but want to have a way to stay out of the elements, basic cabins might be the best option. A short walk from shower houses with running water and toilets, these cabins often come with a fire pit for morning breakfasts and evening s’mores. Selecting an option with no electricity allows families to unplug and disconnect from their busy work and home schedules. With nothing but flashlights and flames from the camp fire for light, families can find it easier to go to sleep with the sunset and be ready to wake with the sunrise.
For families, friends, or couples who want a less rustic camping experience, several levels of other cabins are also available. Cabins with full kitchens, including dishes, pots, pans, and silverware, and air conditioning are a great option for families who want a more comfortable way to relax after hiking or boating. Though the cost significantly more, many families find that a summer cabin rental is a better way to spend a family vacation than a cookie cutter hotel room.
The Cabin Is Only a Small Part of the Camping Experience
As many as 87% of campers indicate that they participate in multiple outdoor activities when they are on their camping trips. Hiking, fishing, water skiing, rock climbing, geo caching, and horseback riding are just a few of the activities that keep camping families busy. And while selecting a location is often about the number of amenities that are available inside the cabin, the number of activities that are located near the camping site is a major factor as well.
A 2014 American Camper Report indicated that 40.1 million Americans went camping in the year 2013. This number represents 14% of the U.S. population that is over the age of six. Family vacation cabins allow mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters to reconnect in a way that is often not possible at home. Busy schedules filled with hours at work, hours at athletic practices, and hours at volunteer commitments often make it so families cannot even join together for a meal. Camping, however, provides a more relaxed schedule for immediate family members, and sometimes a new tradition for cousins!