4.25.2013

Camping Supplies: 10 Things {almost} every boy should bring camping!

I am stoked! Stoked as all heck that BeyondTheTent asked to come over and share some hot camping supplies every boy should bring camping! Being a mom of boys, this list is perfect! Grab that coffee and enjoy this fun information! Let's give a warm welcome to Ryan and Kelly...take it away guys...


Hello, my name is Ryan, my wife and I run a camping blog over at BeyondTheTent.com and Jen was awesome enough to let us do this guest post for her awesome blog.
My wife Kelly and I have 5 kids, 2 boys and 3 girls. My oldest son and I have done a handful of camping trips just the two of us, to the boundary waters and other areas. Jen asked if we could do a post on Must Haves for Boy When Camping and I thought, “I can do that!”
My son and I have literally brought every one of the things listed here and have had a blast with all of them. You would be amazed at how much creativity your boys have, even if you don’t see it in your daily lives. Give a boy a 30’ rope and watch him play with it for an entire day.
I know some of you either may not agree with knives or your boys may not be old enough, but if you teach them how to properly use them, they can be safe and fun. Plus every boy needs a few stitches in life!
On To The List:




10 Things (almost) Every Boy Should Bring Camping.

  1. A Survival Knife. If you don’t want your boys playing with knives, skip to #2 Skip to #3 right now. Boys love knives. I know. Growing up I literally had this exact knife and I must have played with it 100’s of hours. It went on every camping trip with me. With a survival knife you will get a 6 inch knife, Steel saw tooth blade, Bottle opener, Signal mirror, Matches with striking pad, Wire ring saw, Fish hooks, Leads, Nylon line and Hooks, Liquid filled compass, Sheath and a Sharpening stone. Best of all this knife is only $20! Think of it, for $20 your boy will NEVER get bored!
  2. A Hatchet. Hatchets are tons of fun and very practical. From chopping up firewood to… chopping other stuff, the possibilities are endless. As with the Survival Knife, make sure your boy is old enough and have been trained with these types of knives before handing them over.
  3. Home Made Marsh Mellow Gun. On our camping trips marsh mellow guns have provided hours of fun for kids and adults. We start out by pre-cutting all of the pieces before we go camping and allowing the kids to paint them (so there is an afternoon activity by it’s self. We play games of elimination (two teams, you get hit you’re eliminated), Free for all, Catch and more. Cheap and easy fun.
  4. A Fishing Pole. This one is a no brainer. If your camp site is at or near a lake, then bringing some fishing poles is a must. Memories are built sitting on shore or at the end of a dock, bobbers in the water, having great one on one conversation with your kids.
  5. Footballs & Frisbees. Playing catch with your kids is priceless. Baseballs may not be a great idea for a camp ground, but a football or Frisbee can be perfect.
  6. Rope. You may not believe me, but a long rope can provide hours of fun for your boys.
  7. A Good Book About Survival. Boys love survival just like they love super heroes. Hatchet is a great book about a young man/boy surviving in the wilderness alone with his basic tools, namely the hatchet, that your boy may or may not have, and this will make him re-think just how awesome that hatchet really is. Great for hot afternoons, rainy evenings or anytime.
  8. Boy Scout Handbook. This will keep em busy with the rope, hatchets and more.
  9. Sticks. Ok, my point here is to let your boy loose outside and give them some time, they will come up with something. Turn those sticks into marsh mellow cookers. Use the rope and sticks to build a teepee or shelter. Use the sticks and build an amazing fire. Best of all, they are free.
  10. A Camera/Video Camera. The way my boy and I use a camera is 100% different than my wife. We are all about doing the dumbest thing possible and trying to make people laugh with our photos. For example: during our last trip to the Boundary Waters we made our own episode of Survivorman. I'm still debating if I should share some of the videos my son and I have made on our many adventures :)

Get outta camping town right? I mean did you see those must have camping supplies up there-- perfect! Pin that for later huh?! I want to thank Ryan and Kelly for coming over and sharing their camping secrets for boys!


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So Ryan and Kelly got the list...how about the camp songs? ...I gotcha covered!


Happy Camping!



28 comments:

  1. A knife is a boys best friend - gave my son one when he was about 12 - his son now has the same one. it's scary giving them something like that, but they learn responsibility so quickly when they have to keep something safe.

    As for the rest of the list - awesome. Give a boy a rope and see how far he goes!!

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    1. Cheaper than having a dog as a best friend :) Thanks for reading our list. Kelly

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  2. Great tips! I'm definitely pinning this. :)

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  3. The Camp Songs where amazing! When I was a kid playing outside in the mud and building stuff out of junk was the normal. On our SD trip the kids each picked out their own pocket knives from Wall Drug as a souvenir. They kept very busy with the knives and sticks all week long. Thanks for letting us crash your world today Jen :) Kelly

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    1. Thank you for crashing this Parrrtayyy!! Loved the list-- my boys have everything on it already-- :)

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  4. Great list. Great for girls too. My kids each have their own pocketknives for camping trips. They love to whittle and carve their own walking sticks. Fun, easy entertainment!! :)

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    1. Agree SS! Let those girls get down and dirty too! :)

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  5. Oh I love camp songs...I can probably still sing a few by heart! This was a wonderful feature!

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  6. Staying far away from anything camping-related! But I'm all for the singing, yo!

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  7. I love camping! We went every year when my brother and I were young, and he definitely had pretty much everything on that list! Great ideas!

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    1. Jessi- thanks for stopping by! I bet you have great fun memories of camping!

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  8. I've got the blogging spirit song still running through my mind! I even caught myself singing it out loud today!!

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  9. Here is the knife I had growing up Wow did I think the knife (and myself for owning it) was the coolest thing EVER! - Love the new design, like the width!

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    1. Dang Ryan... that knife looks like it can clean some fish! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome list! We have all enjoyed it!

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  10. You are so freaking cute! and I'm pinning because I LOVE camping!!

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    1. Camping is so fun..yay- and thanks for pinning!

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  11. Great design...loving the new look and thanks for this list - it will come in handy!

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    1. You are so welcome..new fresh look huh? yeah buddy- thanks girl!

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  12. I adore you. You're such an awesome boy mom. Eight years into this parenting gig and I've managed to dodge camping like a bad throw. I've convinced them that the Hampton is just as fun as camping...heehee. You're making me rethink things, lady!! Loving your new design over here too...what, what?!?!

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  13. Awesome list. My only suggestion is to remember to teach the kids who have a knife to put it away when it gets dark. My sister didn't and continued whittling and ended up taking a very late night ride to the hospital over 2 hours away for some stitches. :) Lesson learned by all the rest of us kids.
    Thanks for sharing all these simple things that kids can use when camping for some fun!

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