Updated On: May 13, 2020

Camping

Life & Home Skills

Children & Teenagers
Teach: The learner can investigate and teach safety skills to others. This would include things like keeping food animal proof, possibly traveling in the woods with a partner, what to do if you get lost, what to do if you find a bear, scorpion, etc.

Children & Teenagers
Prepare: Ask the learner to prepare basic first aid for the group. Preparation for a camping trip is a great time to learn basic first aid skills since it is so relevant to them in this scenario.

Children & Teenagers
Research: Learn about the poisonous plants in the area, how to avoid contact with them, and how to treat it if contact is made.

Cooking

Children & Teenagers
Plan: The learner can plan and prepare several meals. This will take some thought and problem solving being that it is outside of a traditional kitchen with a stove, full refrigerator, etc.

Nature Appreciation

All Ages
Watch: Teach the learner how to build a fire and do it with them. Watch this REI video on How to Build a Fire if you need it.

Science

Children & Teenagers
Teach: As campers feel the temperature change and a breeze blow as the sun goes up and down, teach about convection currents, the impact of water on temperature regulation, and larger weather patterns impacting an area.

Astronomy & Space Science

All Ages
Watch: By simply watching a starry sky and identifying constellations, specific stars, planets, and other astronomical things, learners gain interest in Astronomy.

Biology & Human Body

Children & Teenagers
Research: Investigate the habitat of the camping site and determine what animals live in the area.

Children & Teenagers
Use a Graphic Organizer: Create a food web or the animals in the area that shows their predator/prey relationships. Try to trace this all the way to animals that eat plants which grow from sun/solar energy as this is the basis for all food webs.

Botany & Gardening

Children & Teenagers
Research: Learn about the flora in the area you will be camping. This will mean trees, flowers, vines, bushes, etc. Pay close attention to how the flora relates to the environment. Is this coastal, or a hardwood hammock, etc.?

Geology

Children & Teenagers
Collect / Classify: Collect rocks and identify them by type. Investigate the difference between a rock and mineral. Learn about the attributes and formation of three rock types – igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary.

Social Sciences

History

Children & Teenagers
Research: This is a great opportunity to study the lives of primitive people in a given area. How did they cook, sleep, gather food, and stay warm?

How else might important subject matter be learned from this interest topic? Comment below! Half-baked ideas are more than welcome, too.