If you have ever driven through a campground and seen families having great fun camping together and thought, that looks that a great family activity, you are right! Camping is one of the most healthy, fun, affordable and bonding experiences a family can get into. Yet, if you have driven along looking at all the equipment and skills expected to learn camp and figured, I can never learn to do all of that, you are wrong. It really is not that hard to learn to camp and each progression along the way is loads of good times for everyone.
So how would you get started learning to camp? There is no question that there is some equipment involved and learning to set up a camp, utilize your gear to appreciate a night of eating and sleeping in the open spaces and then get home safe and sound requires a bit of a learning curve. For many parents that want to start camping to give their children those experiences, the idea of buying all that equipment is intimidating. And you do not want to get the wrong equipment and then have to get it all over again. Those kinds of mistakes can kill your enthusiasm for expanding your camping leisure activity into a passion for camping.
So one of the best ways to learn to camp and to evaluate learn camping skills is to camp with someone who is acceptable at it. Many experienced camping families have abundance equipment or know other families who will loan you equipment to give a shot on your first camp out. If one of your friends or friends of your children is experienced campers, you will find them to probably be evangelistic about it and happy to allow you to tag along on their next camp out to show you the ropes. If they can assist you with borrowing equipment, you can learn to utilize it and evaluate different camping options so when you are ready to purchase your own equipment you already understand what you like and do not like.
Another great way to get some camping experience without buying a thing is to get involved in camping organization. If you have children, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are organizations geared for building life skills in children and who are heavily dedicated to camping. Most scout troops have an extensive arsenal of camping gear and the leadership is almost always seasoned campers with a flair for teaching.