This past weekend, my husband was asked to teach a class about using a GPS and Geocaching to the troop leaders of the Boy Scouts of America in North Central Iowa.  Because Chad was asked to teach, in turn they let us camp and play at their Winnebago camp near Marble Rock, Iowa. 

It was a beautiful location next to a slow moving river and had plenty of places to explore and things to do.  While Chad was off prepping for his class and teaching, Kenna and I wandered through the woods, turning over logs to see what might be under them and finding mushrooms.  It was great letting her lead the hiking and going at her pace, stopping as often as she wanted.  Of course, she found plenty of treasures to carry back to our tent but that made it even more special. 

My knowledge of the Boy Scouts is very limited, but from what I witnessed and experienced this weekend, what a GREAT ORGANIZATION!  The Boy Scouts are not only equipping the boys and the adults with survival skills and knowledge of our natural resources, but they are also imparting confidence and the opportunity for boys to just be boys.  It was wonderful watching the boys be creative with how they were playing in the woods, getting as dirty as they could, running all through the woods, playing together (foreshadowing a future of team work).  The laughter and "I'm tougher than you" conversations made me smile more than once. 

What I discovered this weekend is the Boy Scouts is shaping our young boys into responsible, confident, strong young men with a deep respect of nature.  If you get a chance to become involved with this amazing organization, DO!  You won't regret it!
 
So, you found the perfect campsite, you finally finished seting up, and you just sat down to reflect life's bigger questions while listening to the birds chirp over head.  When all of a sudden, your peace is disturbed by three little words, "Mom, I'm bored."   Read my article, Entertaining Your Kids While Camping for a few suggestions and ideas but I want to hear from you.

What do you do?  How do you entertain your kids while camping?

(Side note: while growing up, you learned real quick to NEVER say those words to Mom.  She found plenty for you to do, and NONE of it was fun!)
 
I just wrote an ariticle about creating an Adventure Pack for your kids to use while hiking or other outdoor activities.  The pack makes it fun for your little ones because they get to carry something too, and it provides some extra tools for exploring nature a little more in depth. 

When I first had this idea, I hopped online to purchase one.  To my dismay, I wasn't able to find one to purchase that was age appropriate for my daughter.  I also couldn't find any ideas of what to include in one for a 4 year old.  So I improvised and created my own! 

Do your kids have an Adventure Pack?  What would you put in your child's pack?