Hiking With Kids: Tips For A Fun & Safe Adventure
At Camp Kupugani, we believe that spending time outdoors with your family is one of the best ways to grow closer and create lifelong memories. And what better way to do that than by hitting the trails and exploring the great outdoors together? Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just starting out, hiking with kids can be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone. Here are some tips to make sure your next family hike is a success:
Have Fun And Be Flexible
Remember that the goal of your hike is to have fun and spend time together as a family. Keep an open mind and be willing to change your plans if necessary. Let your kids set the pace and make some decisions along the way. Encourage them to explore their surroundings and take in all the sights and sounds of nature.
Give The Kids Some Control
Kids love to feel like they have some control over their environment. Let them help plan the hike and make some choices along the way. Encourage them to use their imaginations and makeup games or challenges to keep things interesting. Bring along some simple toys or let them make their own inventions using items they find on the trail.
Bring Snacks And Plenty of Fluids
Hiking can be thirsty work, especially for kids who may not be used to being outdoors for extended periods of time. Make sure to bring plenty of water and high-energy snacks to keep everyone fueled and hydrated. Take breaks as needed to rest and refuel.
Dress In Layers
Weather conditions can change quickly when you’re out on the trail. Dress yourself and your children in layers so you can adjust as needed. Bright, visible clothing can also help keep track of your kids if they decide to run ahead or explore off the main trail.
Choose A Short, Interesting Hike
Pick a trail with a destination, such as a waterfall or scenic overlook, to give your kids a sense of purpose and excitement. Choose a trail that’s appropriate for your children’s ages and abilities, and allow plenty of time to explore along the way.
Teach, Sing, And Play Games
Use your time on the trail to teach your kids about nature and the environment. Point out interesting plants and animals, teach them about trail etiquette and safety, and show them how to use a map and compass. Sing songs, play games, and make up stories to keep everyone engaged and having fun.
Make sure each child has their own small backpack with snacks, water, and a safety whistle. Review with your kids what to do if they become separated from the group, and make sure they know to stay put and blow their whistles in three sharp bursts. Above all, make sure everyone stays safe and has fun!
Hiking At Camp Kupugani
At Camp Kupugani, we offer a wide range of outdoor activities and adventures for all of out summer camp sessions. From hiking and camping to canoeing and kayaking, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Contact us today to learn more.
Source: American Hiking Society