June: National Camping Month
Governor Reynolds has opened campgrounds for most activities except for playgrounds.
Whether there’s a preference for roughing it or glamping is more like it, bringing modern conveniences and electronics to the outdoors, National Camping Month brings attention to the excellent opportunities for adventure and togetherness camping can provide.
According to the Outdoor Industry Association, Americans’ participation in outdoor activities, and particularly those of children ages 6 to 17, have decreased 12 percent in recent years.
This means fewer kids today have spent time toasting marshmallows, listening to crickets and owls, watching the sun go down and the moon rise, and identifying celestial constellations.
Instead of listening to electronic noise, the Association said, sleeping in a tent, especially, allows campers to hear the wind blow, the rain pitter-patter, the nocturnal critters go bump in the night.
The Association lists a few things to keep in mind when venturing out.
Make sure to have plenty of fresh water or a fresh water source.
Take a well-stocked first aid kit
Pack waterproof matches
Take non-perishable food such as granola bars, jerky, peanut butter, chocolate bars, and dried fruits, especially if there won’t be a cooler
Pack fruits, vegetables and meats separately and keep them chilled in a cooler
Include sunblock, even for cloudy days
Rain gear, jackets and blankets are a must.
Modern campsites around the area include showers and recreational facilities. These often include water hookups and parking pads for RVs and campers and cabins to rent as well as more primitive sites without electric hookups designed for tent use. Other parks allow only primitive camping and require everything you pack into the park to be packed out. It’s important to consider the needs of everyone in the group when hiking or floating into a park for an adventure. These primitive experiences may not be for those who envision a glamping week or weekend.
The Association said nature is calling. Gather family and friends, and don’t forget the s’mores. The social media hashtag for National Camping Month is #NationalCampingMonth. The month has been observed since the 1970s.