Camping is a lot of fun for kids of all ages, but the unfamiliar and exciting new environment that makes it fun, also can make it dangerous. Education is key to helping keep your kids stay safe in the woods.
Do your best to prepare your kids not to get lost. Watch younger children closely. Teach older kids about maps and finding their way back to camp. Teach kids how to find the closest safe place. Give them rules about not wandering off alone if they're too young.
Have a first aid kit to take care of scrapes and cuts as well as things like poison ivy and bug bites.
Keep kids from getting too close to the campfire. Never let kids start a fire, and provide adult supervision around campfires at all times.
Food and Drink
Teach kids not to eat wild berries or other wild food that can be dangerous. Make sure kids drink plenty of water and stay hydrated and well fed.
Teach kids to respect wildlife and to keep a safe distance. Even small animals can seriously injure kids and pass on rabies.
Article Written By Larry Amon
Larry Amon has been working in the computer field for more than 10 years and has experience writing scripts, instructional articles and political commentary. He has been published online, as well as in "NRB Magazine" and "Delmarva Youth & Family." He started a nonprofit media organization in 2000.