I have taken my nephew camping since he was 3 – we started out camping in my sisters backyard. Then camped in my back yard. Then he said he wanted to camp in the “deep deep woods” so we spent the night at French Creek State Park. He LOVED IT! When we pulled into our camp site a few wild turkeys were walking around near the fire ring – it was so awesome, but they wandered off fairly quickly. We got the tent set up, made a fire and had a little dinner. He was fascinated by the bathhouse – I remember he went to EVERY stall and pushed on the door and was shocked that there were toilets in all of them. I told him to stand outside the stall so I could see his legs while I went to the bathroom – there were a few other people in the bathhouse drying their hair and brushing their teeth and stuff. I hear my nephew shout “WHO LET THESE SPIDERS IN THIS HOUSE??” I start cracking up laughing – my sister (his mom) is a bit of a neat freak and also his parents are not outdoorsy at all. I say “It’s ok, we’re camping so there’s gonna be spiders and bugs!!” We made some smores – I made the HUGE mistake of letting him eat as many marshmallows as he wanted. OOPS! He had a HUGE bellyache and I felt horrible!
Now that he’s 7 I decided to take him into the REAL “deep deep woods” in early July- a backpacking adventure!! I chose the Morrison trail as there were a few places to camp before you get to the reservoir in case he got too tired to continue and there was supposed to be waterfalls and cool giant boulders along the way. The Morrison Trail in Allegheny National Forest is supposed to be fairly easy as well so I figured we could handle it! Of course I decided to bring JoJo along – am I nuts to bring a hyper kid and a hyper dog backpacking??