February 1, 2010

Happily Camping In The Yard

We are planning to have a real camping activity up in the mountains towards the end of this month. So yesterday until this morning we did a trial camp in our yard to give our campers a foretaste of what it is like to sleep in a tent and do everything outside the house.

Here they are, excited and all their camping gadgets are packed. Once teacher-dad declares "the camp begins now" they are no longer allowed to come inside the house if they need anything or forgot something.

It's their first time to pitch a tent and they said it wasn't easy. But they did it without our help.

I peeked from the balcony and they seemed to managed well. The littlest camper was curious how to use the campers' stove.

The girls are in the green and bigger tent along with their food supply. Neighbors' cats may steal their food at night if they leave their food out.
The boys are in the blue tent.

Cooking time. The boys are in-charged of preparing meals and the girls are to wash the utensils. But they end up helping one another in all activities.

It was already dark when their food was ready. Steamed rice and tuna-tomato omelet, yummy!

At 8:00pm, they get ready to roast sausages and marsmallows while sharing stories of their unforgettable experience.

At past midnight, I sneak out to check on them. Everything was quiet. For sure they were sound asleep.

In the morning, I went out, breakfast was ready and everyone had already taken their shower at the backyard washroom.

Here they are after the long night in the tents. Don't you think they had a good time?

This afternoon we had a debriefing where they shared many interesting insights. I will share them to you on the next post.

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.
-Jimmy Carter --39th president of the United States (1977-81), b.1924


  1. BRAVO homeschoolers!!!
    Your meals look DELICIOUS!!!
    How organized and efficient you are!
    You must feel very confident for your mountain trip to come!
    We look forward to hearing more about this experience!
    ~The Dudiches~

  2. What a tremendously good idea!! Makes me with I were a child again so that I could join you on your camping trip!!!!


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