Camping for Beginners

I have talked a lot about how to plan for family camping trips and some of it may seem a bit daunting.  Well, I just received an email with a link to a program which may make your first camping experience a little easier.  It is  put on by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).  I though this was a great idea and kudos to the TPWD  for putting this together.

The TPWD has created the Texas Outdoor Family program, which is designed to teach you and your family the basic outdoor skills you need to enjoy a great overnight camping experience.  Here are some of the skills they cover.

  • How to set up and break down camp (including your tent)
  • Fire starting
  • Outdoor cooking
  • Guided walks
  • Nature activities
  • How to use a GPS
  • Geocaching
  • Introductions to a wide range of outdoor activities (such as fishing, kayaking, wildlife watching) depending on the site location, facilities and the season of the year

Here's a short video on the program.

I hope some of you get to leverage this program and will report back how it went.


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