The Kendalls Go Camping

Yep…you read that right. My family went camping for the first time over the weekend. My son has been a Cub Scout for the past three years but due to rainy weather his pack had only camped inside for the previous two years. But this year there was no rain in the forecast and a campout was scheduled.

Now I was a Girl Scout as a kid and I had been camping once before. But that was when I was in the 4th Grade and I was too young to be scared about the what if’s. Like what if a crazy person popped out the woods wearing a clown suit (have you’ll heard about the clown sightings). Or what if there is an unexpected rain shower. Or what if there is a snake or some other critter lurking around. Although I was nervous I didn’t want to discourage my kids from wanting to camp outdoors.

My son sometimes does not embrace new experiences. So he kept going back and forth about whether or not he actually wanted to sleep in the tent the whole night.  However, one of his requirements is to help set up a tent. So we knew that we were going to buy a tent and take it to the campsite to set it up. We also just planned as if we were going to stay overnight because there were other requirements that he had to complete during the campout.

On Friday, we spent most of the day getting ready to go camping. We packed up our sleeping bags, camping chairs, pillows, blanket jammies, food, clothes, toothbrushes, and everything else we thought we might need. The back of my husband’s SUV was full and I still forgot to pack a few things.

When we made it to the campsite we all helped set up our tent. We had practiced earlier that day, so it was easy putting up the tent.

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After, we set up the tent it was time to get started on dinner. My son’s den had to help out with preparing dinner. I brought our kid knives and some cutting mats with us so the boys could make a fruit salad for the pack’s dinner. Dinner also included grilled hot dogs, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, chips, and carrots sticks.

After dinner, it was dark and we started preparing for the camp fire show. One of the Cub Scout’s dad was an Eagle Scout  so he built a fire and went over fire safety rules with the scouts. My son’s den performed “Do Your Ears Hang Low” for their show performance. After the performances, we roasted marshmallows and had smores. By this time it was after 9pm and my kids were ready to go to sleep.

We were the first family to go to our tent and get ready for bed. I got the kids dressed in their blanket jammies and read them a story that they brought along. After reading they got in their sleeping bags and started settling down. Now this was the part of the night where I was expecting one of them to say they wanted to go home and sleep in their beds (saving me from spending a night in a tent). But nope, to my surprise they both fell asleep within 30 minutes and never asked to go home.

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After they both fell asleep I knew I was going to have to face my fears and get ready to sleep in the tent for the whole night. I also realized at this time that also meant I was going to have to wake up sometime in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom all by myself. Because I hardly ever sleep the entire night without waking up to go to the potty because I drink water ALL day. Even though I tried not to drink as much that night it still happened. I woke up around 2 am with the urge to pee. I tried my best to hold it, but after about 30 minutes I felt like I was going to end up with some type of infection if I didn’t go to the potty soon.

Luckily, our tent wasn’t that far away from the bathrooms, probably like 20 to 30 feet. But even that short distance in the dark was scary to me. I was afraid that I was going to cross paths with some nocturnal animal while walking to the bathroom. Thankfully, I didn’t see anything and I made it there and back safely.

The campsite that we were at was in a more rural part of our county. But I still wasn’t expecting to hear roosters crowing at 4 am. Luckily, I was able to go back to sleep. We started hearing other families waking up around 6:30 am. So at 7 am we woke the kids up and celebrated the fact that we made survived camping outdoors.

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After getting dressed we met up with the other families to start making breakfast, which was eggs in a bag.  However, there was also doughnuts and granola bars to snack on too.  While the eggs were being boiled back a the campsite by our Pack Leader. The rest our pack walked over to a nearby volunteer fire station and toured the fire engines.

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After we finished our tour we headed back to our campsite to eat eggs. Then we took down our tents and clearned up the campsite. Once the campsite was cleaned up. We walked over to a nearby pond to go fishing. My kids really wanted to catch a fish, but neither one of them would let their lines stay in the water long enough for a fish to notice their bait.

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After about 30 minutes my daughter and I got tired of standing in the sun and went back to the campsite to sit in the shade. My husband and son continued to fish for another 30 minutes, but they didn’t catch anything.

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Overall, we had a lot of fun camping and we will definitely go again.

Have you gone camping with your family?

18 Comments

  • Reply Tamara October 4, 2016 at 12:58 am

    What a cool experience. I have to say – I have never gone camping. And it’s particularly cold up here overnight right now – so it would be different! Fishing seems fun, but I’m sorry they didn’t catch anything!
    Also, the menu sounded fun!
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    • Reply Sonya October 6, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      I bet it’s really cold up there during the night. It was in the 50’s here and that was really cold to me.
      They had a lot of fun fishing.
      The menu was fun.

  • Reply Mary October 4, 2016 at 5:14 am

    I know I say this every time you post a picture of the little ones but they are growing up so fast. 🙂 I have heard about the clown sightings; it sounds terrifying. Camping looks like so much fun, sadly I’ve never been, but it’s on my lists of things to do before I die. I’m so happy both kids fell asleep so easily, it sounds like a fun experience for everyone. That fishing video and pictures are is just adorable. You made it through your first night sleeping in a tent! Good Job Sonya 🙂

    • Reply Sonya October 6, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      My husband and I are the same way. We always look at our kids and we can’t believe how big they are getting. Like they really grow a lot over night sometimes (or at least it seems that way) 🙂
      I think a girls camping trip would be a lot of fun. Especially, if you could get a camper with a bathroom inside of it. But even in a tent at a nice campsite it would be a lot of fun.
      My kids love throwing their lines into the water. So it’s hard for them to catch any fish. However, I think they will be good at it once they get a bit older and more patient about leaving their line in the water.

  • Reply Nerline Germain October 4, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    More power to you, girl! I don’t think camping is something that I would ever do. But I can see that the kids really enjoyed it. Y’all look great in that picture.
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    • Reply Sonya October 4, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      I understand because I was really afraid of camping.There were some scary moments, but overall it was a lot of fun.

  • Reply Camesha | Mama Motivator October 5, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Yay! You did it. We did our first family camping trip in August. We traveled up to the mountains of Big Bear, California. They told us about bear sightings and rattle snakes when we got there. I was definitely nervous. We stayed for two nights.
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    • Reply Sonya October 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Oh wow!!! Bears and rattlesnakes are very scary. I’m glad you guys made it back safely.

  • Reply robincharmagne October 5, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Sonya, you are making so many good memories with the kids, love this post. Glad you guys had a great time!
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    • Reply Sonya October 6, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks Robin. They had so much fun camping.

  • Reply Candace Playforth October 6, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Great pictures! I’m so glad the trip went smoothly. We used to go camping with my son’s Cub Scout group. I’m with you on the middle of the night potty runs. They were definitely the worst part. We haven’t been in years, but you’ve inspired me to think about another trip :).
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    • Reply Sonya October 6, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      I think it would be really fun to go camping in an RV with a bathroom. Because worrying about seeing a critter during the night was not fun. 🙂

  • Reply LaKita October 11, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Looks like you and the family had a great time camping. I would have been afraid to use the bathroom in a strange place at 2am as well!
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    • Reply Sonya October 21, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      We had a great time. Next time, I will have to drink even less water so I don’t wake up in the middle of the night. 🙂

  • Reply Mrs. AOK October 13, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Oh they look so cute with their fishing poles. 🙂
    One year we decided to camp outside in our backyard with the kids. We popped the tent, got snacks, and sleeping bags, but this mama couldn’t hang. I was pregnant and it was getting annoying to get up and go, as well as it was hard for my rollie pollie buns to get up. I ended up living the pack early. I made them breakfast in the morning and we ate al fresco. 🙂
    XOXO

    • Reply Sonya October 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      I could not even imagine trying to sleep in a tent while being pregnant. I would have packed up and went inside too. 🙂

  • Reply Courtney October 13, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Your kiddos are the perfect age for camping! We were going all the time and ended up getting a little pop-up camper. Feels like we lost our real “camper” cards with that thing, but it’s nice not to have to lug everything around!

    • Reply Sonya October 21, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      I would love to have a pop-up camper to use when camping. I wouldn’t worry at all about losing my “real camper” card. LOL 🙂

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