SUNDAY, JUNE 21ST, 2015 is the First (Official) Day of Summer and Father’s Day!
Camping is among our very favorite summer and Father’s Day activities! While a great camping trip can require quite a bit of preparation, setup, and then tear down when the trip is over, a great camping trip can do so much to relieve stress.
Because our boys are 6 and 3, I often fall into the trap of thinking “I can prep and pack faster, and better.” But, experience has taught me that there is great value in them learning the process.
Our children should see all that goes into the fun we have as a family. There’s great value in learning to work and work together.
Young children exercise their independence by choosing their own outfits and packing their own bag. They gain confidence by using their muscles to carry camping supplies to the car. They realize they’re an important part of a family when they see the bag of marshmallows they packed being used for S’mores!
But, experience has also taught me that young children can really struggle with chores and direct orders from Mom and Dad. Additionally, they can struggle with other aspects of a family camping trip: such as long drives, and being without their toys and electronics.
Summer Camping Cash Printables Set
We love Mary Poppins for teaching us that if we can find an element of fun in every job that must be done, every task we undertake becomes ‘a piece of cake!’ (“A Spoonful of Sugar”) We’ve found that finding an element of fun in a job works really well with our boys.
We recently took a family road trip to California to camp out at Doheny State Beach.
Before we set off, I purchased and printed The Dating Divas’ Road Trip Adventure In A Box. Driving to California with our boys was a dream! Their ‘Car Bucks’ added an element of fun to the 10-hour drive and made all the difference for us! It inspired our Camping Cash Printable Set.
Our Summer Camping Cash Printables Set includes 5 printables:
No. 1 | Camping Trip Job Board Printable
A great camping trip can be broken down into dozens of small jobs you can list here for family members to complete. Two different versions give you the option of listing how much each job offers in Camping Cash, and when the job has been completed.
No. 2 | Camping Cash Printable
$6 in Camping Cash per sheet
No. 3 | Camp Store List Printable
Camping Cash can be redeemed at your “Camp Store.”
List the items available in your Camp Store for all to see, or simply use it as a Camp Store shopping and inventory list. It includes a column for the price in Camping Cash.
No. 4 | Camp Store Labels Printable
If S’mores require Camping Cash use these to label the roasting stick, the bag of marshmallows, various chocolate bars, and the box of Graham Crackers!
Do you have a fun name for your Camp Store?
CLICK HERE to download a blank version of the Camp Store Labels >
No. 5 | Camp Store Sign Printable
Customize your Camp Store Sign with your Camp Store’s name, your family’s last name, or the name of your campsite!
Wishing you happy camping with your littles!
We’d love to hear what you’re selling in YOUR Camp Store!