Written By: Chris In PA
Common Camp and Caravan Activities
Planning a camping trip should include a look at the possible activities offered at the campgrounds. Relaxing is good but sometimes it gets tiring. There are so many other things to do and a successful camping adventure will include various activities that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.
It is fun to explore a new area and checking with the campground before the trip will give a good idea of what to expect.
Trail hiking is always fun. Climbing rocks and walking on the scenic trails around the campground should be started in the morning. Checking the distance at the main office will be a help to get back to the campground for dinner. If the campground has a shoreline it may offer horseback riding. Not all campgrounds do. Taking a peaceful ride along the ocean with the gentle waves lapping the shore is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
Most campgrounds are perfect for bike riding. A day of cycling is always fun and a good way for everyone to exercise. Whole families can ride together. The campgrounds support this activity with trail maps. This could become a daily routine when the weather is nice. Even a short bike ride to the clubhouse or the camp store can get the blood pumping for other activities.
The plants in the campground may look like those at home but usually there are some that are quite
different. Walking around and trying to identify plants is a good activity and will be a learning experience. The same goes for identifying the birds. Bringing a book along that has pictures of the native birds will help to identify them. This is a good way to explore nature.
If the campground is located on a body of water, boating will be a prime activity. Kayaks, canoes or paddle boats may be available for rental. It is fun splashing around in the water. Skipping stones is always a favorite of the kids. Fishing is another pastime that is enjoyed by whole families. Of course other water activities can include swimming and water skiing. Most campgrounds have a swimming pool. They may also have an area to play a game of horseshoes or volleyball. Sometimes neighbors will gather and play volleyball in the evening after dinner.
Some adult activities are scheduled at larger campgrounds. They may have an entertainment night where a local band comes in to play. Other nights could include one for bingo or a poker walk where cards are collected along the trail and the person with the best hand wins. Some campgrounds have an ice cream social. Water aerobics may also be offered with an instructor. Miniature golf is offered by many campgrounds and gives a few hours of enjoyment to the whole family.
It is always wise to bring along board games and a deck of cards for those rainy days when no activities are scheduled and it is better to stay inside. A deck of cards is good to remember for limitless games.
Calling ahead to the campground will help in the planning of a successful camping and caravan trip. It will give an idea of what to bring along and what the campground has to offer in the way of activities.