The Joy of Camping
Written by: Lombe Mwansa
Published: 24 July 2023


By engaging in playful activities, exploring nature, trying new things, establishing traditions, and capturing memories, you can strengthen your bond with your family and make lasting memories that will be cherished for years to come.


In my previous blog post (read it here), I wrote about the importance of adventure and rediscovering our inner child as dads. I explored various activities that can help us reconnect with our youthful spirit, creating lasting memories with our children. Today, I want to delve deeper into one particular activity that embodies the essence of adventure and offers a multitude of benefits for both dads and kids alike: camping.


While writing this blog post, I think it is important to acknowledge that not everyone may be a fan of camping, including me. I grew up in Zambia where many things out doors were potential harmful. However, I recognise and appreciate the numerous benefits that camping offers for bonding with our loved ones and reconnecting with our inner child. If you fall into the category of not being particularly fond of camping, I encourage you to approach it with an open mind and consider the positive aspects it can bring to your relationship with your children. Keep in mind that the activities and suggestions mentioned can be adapted to fit your preferences and comfort level. Even though I am not a fan of camping, my goal is to create lasting memories and meaningful experiences with your family, regardless of the specific activity chosen.

Camping offers the following opportunities

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  1. Unplug and Reconnect

Camping provides an excellent opportunity for dads to unplug from the digital world and reconnect with their families. In a world dominated by screens and constant distractions, spending quality time in nature allows us to break away from our routines and truly engage with our loved ones. By immersing ourselves in the simplicity of camping, we create an environment that fosters deeper connections and meaningful conversations with our children.

  1. Embrace the Great Outdoors

Camping allows us to embrace the great outdoors and surround ourselves with the beauty of nature. Whether it’s pitching a tent in a nearby forest, setting up camp by a serene lake, or exploring a national park, the options are endless. Nature offers countless opportunities for adventure and exploration, allowing our children to develop a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them. From hiking and fishing to stargazing and wildlife spotting, camping opens the door to a host of exciting activities that will leave lasting impressions on our children.

  1. Teach Valuable Life Skills
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Camping is not just about roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories around the campfire. It presents a unique opportunity for dads to teach their children valuable life skills. From setting up a tent and building a fire to cooking meals and navigating trails, camping provides a hands-on learning experience that helps kids develop resilience, problem-solving skills, and self-reliance. These lessons learned in the great outdoors can translate into various aspects of their lives, fostering independence and a can-do attitude.

  1. Foster a Sense of Adventure

Camping encourages us to step out of our comfort zones and embrace adventure. It pushes us to try new activities and challenge ourselves physically and mentally. Whether it’s conquering a difficult hiking trail or braving a chilly morning swim, overcoming these obstacles alongside our children creates a sense of camaraderie and shared accomplishment. By showing our kids that we are willing to take risks and explore the unknown, we instill in them a spirit of adventure and a belief that anything is possible.

  1. Create Lasting Memories

Finally, camping is all about creating lasting memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. The shared experiences, laughter, and stories exchanged around the campfire become the fabric of our family’s history. Camping allows dads to disconnect from the outside world and focus on the present moment, savoring the simple joys of spending time with their children. These memories will hold a special place in our hearts and the hearts of our children, strengthening the bond between father and child.

Camping for Dads Limited on Time, Space, and Money

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We understand that not all dads have the luxury of ample time, space, or financial resources to embark on elaborate camping trips. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits and joys of camping with your children. Here are some ideas for dads who are limited on time, space, and money:

  1. Backyard Camping

If you have limited time and space, why not bring the camping experience to your own backyard? Set up a tent, roll out some sleeping bags, and create a cozy campsite right at home. This allows you to enjoy the outdoor atmosphere without the hassle of traveling. You can still roast marshmallows over a portable grill, tell stories, and gaze at the stars. Backyard camping is a convenient and cost-effective way to introduce your children to the joys of sleeping under the stars.

  1. Local Parks and Recreation Areas

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Explore the parks and recreation areas in your vicinity. Many local parks offer camping facilities, even if it’s just a designated area for pitching tents. These options are often more affordable and require less travel time. Research nearby parks and reserve a campsite for a weekend getaway with your kids. You’ll still get to experience the joys of camping while being close to home.

  1. Day Trips to Nature

If overnight camping is not feasible, plan day trips to nearby natural attractions. Research local hiking trails, lakes, or forests that you and your children can explore together. Pack a picnic lunch, put on comfortable walking shoes, and spend the day immersed in nature. Even a few hours spent hiking a scenic trail or skipping rocks by a peaceful river can provide an adventure-filled experience and create lasting memories.

  1. Collaborate with Other Families

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Consider joining forces with other dads who are also limited on time, space, or money. Coordinate camping trips together, sharing the responsibilities and costs. By pooling resources, you can plan more elaborate camping adventures, rent equipment collectively, and take turns hosting backyard camping events. Collaborating with other families not only enhances the camping experience but also fosters a sense of community and camaraderie among dads and their children.

  1. Utilise Free or Low-Cost Campgrounds

Many areas offer free or low-cost campgrounds that cater to budget-conscious families. Research public lands, national forests, or state parks that provide affordable camping options. These locations often have basic amenities such as picnic tables, fire pits, and restrooms, allowing you to enjoy a camping experience without breaking the bank. Make sure to check the regulations, availability, and reservation requirements in advance.


To all the dads out there, if camping isn’t your thing, that’s okay! But before you dismiss it entirely, consider this: camping brings families closer, unlocks unforgettable experiences, and fosters a spirit of adventure.

We challenge you to step out of your comfort zone, give camping a shot, and share your experiences. By doing so, you can encourage other dads, open their eyes to new possibilities, and build a supportive community that celebrates fatherhood.

So, are you ready to create lasting memories and bond with your kids in the great outdoors? Join us on this journey of rediscovering our inner child through camping adventures!

Adventure awaits—embrace it! Happy camping, dads!

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