A few weekends ago we took our Nephew camping with us, it was his first time camping and also his first night ever with us. The start of the day he was full of excitement and eager to help with camp. It then quickly changed when he realized his Mom wasn't there, he's never camped before and the forest is scary, dark and vast. Poor guy was begging us to take him home, he was convinced a bear was going to attack us. Trying my best to calm his fear, I made him a promise that we would take him home first thing, if he still felt the same in the morning.... But after a rough night, he woke up confidant he was ready to camp. He rocked the hike we did, at some point there's usually lots of pushing our oldest boy along, reassuring him "we are almost there". There wasn't much pushing with him though, he took on this new experience with such excitement and he was rewarded on the hike out with a bear sighting not 20 feet from us. The rest of the weekend consisted of swimming holes and natural water slides, marshmallows, plenty of marshmallows. Cave exploring, bat hunts, bow and arrow games and lots of crazy little boy antics.
He went from begging us to take him home, to begging us to stay longer.
We saw three bears that weekend, my boys still have not stopped talking about it, I'm sure he hasn't as well. If our goal is to get more people out there and fall in love with the outdoors, I think we did that. I made him a promise we would take him out again and I will keep that promise.
We are not experts, we usually forget things, ( toothpaste and deodorant this time, gross i know) lets be honest we always forget something. The camera made it into our packs, but we forgot to charge it. So this is our trip as seen through our phones.