Since the kids joined our local scout group, I have seen a real improvement in their confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills.
Like most activities in recent months, they have been unable to take part in the camps they had planned, although the leaders have been great at organising sessions over facebook and zoom for them to take part in.
The highlight of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts is always the camps as they love sleeping out under the stars, playing outdoor games and singing silly songs around the camp fire.
We were invited to take part in the Home Fest 2020 with Millets and were challenged to set up our very own camp site in the back garden.
We were sent some camping essentials to get us started, including a tent, sleeping bags, camping chairs, barbecue and picnic set.
Putting up a tent is probably my least favourite activity, although now Isaac is in scouts he has become quite good at it, but no skill was required with the Eurohike Pop 400 tent.
The tent comes in two parts, the pop up section is perfect for summer camping and is well ventilated keeping you cool, with the roof a fine net so you can enjoy gazing at the stars.
Of course, British weather can change rather quickly, so the other section uses two poles to pitch a flysheet over the inner tent to protect you from the wind and the rain.
The tent feels really sturdy and has withstood a bit of a battering with some windy weather and rain showers, staying lovely and dry inside and we have made the most of having some extra camping furniture.
Once you’ve set the tent up, make it extra cosy by bringing some sleeping mats, blankets and sleeping bags as it does get chilly at night, even on the warmest days. We like to jazz ours up with solar string lights and flags too, as if we were at a festival.
One of the best bits of camping is eating around the campfire, with S’Mores being our all time favourite camping treat.
To make the perfect S’More, you need:
- Digestive Biscuits
- Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Chocolate
Simply pop your marshmallow on a stick and toast your it until it is brown on the outside. To toast it evenly spin around just above the fire.
Once done put it on top of a digestive biscuit and add a square (or two) of chocolate to the top and put another Digestive on top of the chocolate and squeeze together = the perfect S’More!
We have moved the tent a couple of times to give the grass a chance to recover, but the kids have loved having somewhere to go for some me time during the day, taking toys and games outside to play with each other.
Isaac is always our camp site song leader, with tunes including Peel Banana, Little Red Wagon and Down by the Bay. A camping trip just isn’t the same without a noisy game of “Bogey’s” either.
Over the weekend of Saturday 13th June – Sunday 14th June 2020, Millets and TentLife are asking households across the UK to put on your very own stay home festivals, with your gardens being the main stage.
Joining their community of back garden festival goers is so easy and if you post pictures of your camping fun make sure you tag Millets at @milletsonline and use the #HomeFest2020 for a chance to WIN their competition to win EITHER: a Eurohike family festival camping bundle OR a Eurohike solo/couples bundle! You can find all the details including terms of entry by clicking here.
Let me get you started on your festival playlist, with this version of Baby Shark that is sure to get the party started – it’s top of our #HomeFest2020 playlist!!
Keep an eye on our social channels for our antics during #HomeFest2020 – we cannot wait to see what you all get up to.
Disclaimer: We were sent some camping equipment to help us take part in #HomeFest2020. All thoughts and opinions are our own