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New Post 1/19/2015 1:20 PM
  Gearspoke
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How can I get my family interested in the outdoors? 
My entire childhood was full of family camping trips and I want to share that experience with my family. Most of us are excited about taking a trip, but my two youngest would rather be at home playing video games. My first thought was to just make them suck it up, but I don't want them to have a rotten time. Has anyone else had any experience with a situation like this? How did you convince your little ones to give nature a chance?
 
New Post 2/26/2015 1:20 PM
  bukhrn
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Re: How can I get my family interested in the outdoors? 
I didn't face the same problem as you, when mine were little, they didn't have cell phones, Nintendo's , (or what ever the newest version is today), no TV in their rooms, no computers, so basically , going outside to play was a treat.
As far as the outdoors, we were what would be considered upper lower class, so we didn't have an RV & barely could afford a large tent, but when we went camping they were never bored, fishing, swimming, playing in the campground all day, of course back then you didn't have to keep a constant eye on them, (no one else wanted them) :)
Perhaps, if you have the room, take one of their friends that likes the outdoors, maybe a little peer pressure.
I don't know where you live, but maybe take them someplace like Custer State Park in the Black Hills of SD, an awesome place, with all the animals.
Or somewhere like Dinosaur World in Cave City KY., or Guntown Mountain across the road where they have shootouts in the street, while not really the outdoors, it does get them out the door, and away from those silly video games, these are only a couple things, there are MANY more across the country.
 
New Post 6/18/2015 4:27 PM
  CampingBrooke
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Re: How can I get my family interested in the outdoors? 
I second the idea of having your child bring a long a friend. I think that will make them feel more comfortable knowing someone else their age is also experiencing (enduring) this adventure.
 
New Post 6/26/2015 7:01 AM
  Einar1
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Re: How can I get my family interested in the outdoors? 
Tell the kids that you are all going camping OLD SCHOOL! No smart phones or WIFI.!!!
 
New Post 3/8/2017 9:24 PM
  AnthonyHorovitz
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Re: How can I get my family interested in the outdoors? 
In this growing age of technology our kids are becoming tech addicted. It is very important to inspire kids to enjoy outdoors and nature instead of playing video games all the time. Tell your kids about the fun of outdoor. Firstly, try to play some interesting camping games with them at your home. Use can use your garden area for camp and spend some quality time with your kids.
 
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