A fun adventure for children is camping in the woods, but the next best thing is camping out in the backyard. While a safe place for the family to explore the basics of camping and do a “dry run” of a real camping adventure with children, it provides enough excitement and interest for the children to keen their interest in the adventure of wilderness camping while sharpening their minds to the skills they will require later.
Stay up late and watch the stars and the moon, listen to the night animals. Did they know they had so many nighttime neighbors? Give a thought to the poor who are forced to camp in the city with or without a tent. There are so many big thoughts for a small night out. Such thoughts give confidence in school.
Later, when the kids grow up they will think back on the occasional nights out and remember the lessons you taught them, and begin to think of the entire world as their backyard.