June Pathfinders: Camping in Maine

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Maine is a great place to visit. It has a way of life that is a little slower than other places, and has some wonderful places to see. There is all kinds of camping, from cottages on the water to small tent camping. And if you are willing to camp, it can be very affordable and pleasant. This month’s pathfinder will provide you with lots of camping information along with tips and so forth for doing so.

We’ll start off with the Official Site of the Maine Camping Guide. The guide provides information on 202 campgrounds in the state. It also has a tab for camping tips; handy if you’re new at it. Find it at:

http://www.campmaine.com/

The U.S. National Park Service will tell you all about camping in Acadia National Park. Visit their website at:

http://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/camping.htm

To find out about other National Parks and take a virtual tour, go to:

http://findyourpark.com

This site describes the differences between recreational camping, primitive camping or wildness camping. It will also let you know what you should to expect to pay for a camping site in the US.

http://www.usatourist.com/english/traveltips/lodging/lodging-camping-tips.html

This is such a thing as “camping etiquette”. Go here to find out all about it.

http://alittlecampy.com/camping-etiquette-the-unspoken-rules-of-campground-camping/
If you like to hike while you are camping, Maine has many wilderness trails, from easy to difficult. Consider hiking part of the Appalachian Trail for If you want to do something really adventurous.  Try this site to get some tips on doing so.

http://adventurepossible.com/category/applachian-trail-hiking-tips/

For some easy recipes for wilderness camping, go to site:

http://www.backpackingchef.com/

No matter what type of camping you decide to do, go to this site for a check list to go by when preparing for a camping trip.

http://www.coleman.com/checklists/tent-camping-checklist/

 

Parents

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If you would like to camp as a family, there are several sites to give you tips on making you camping trip a success. Check these two sites out to learn more:

http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/camping-kids.html

http://alittlecampy.com/our-non-essential-camping-essentials-for-camping-with-kids/

The next sites also have some great ideas on family camping.

http://www.active.com/outdoors/articles/10-essential-tips-for-family-camping?page=2
http://campfire.andycamper.com/category/kids-camping

This site will get you started on how to create a family camping menu. It includes dehydrated foods and recipes. Go to:

http://www.active.com/outdoors/articles/how-to-create-a-family-camping-menu

To learn how to dehydrate your own foods for camping, see this site:

http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/dry.html

KOA (Kampgrounds of America) also puts out a multitude of meal ideas. See it at:

http://koa.com/camping-recipes/

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Teens

This site will tell you how to build a camp fire, and show you several different kinds of camp fires.

http://www.primitiveways.com/Camp_Fire.html

This site has “5 simple steps to Campfire Safety”. Go to:

http://www.active.com/outdoors/articles/5-simple-steps-to-campfire-safety

The boy scout site covers the skills you need to help you survive in the wilderness.

http://lifehacker.com/5881604/be-a-grown-up-boy-scout-the-wilderness-survival-skills-everyone-should-know

Kids

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This site has some camping games to try. You can even create your own campsite.

http://www.agame.com/search?from=wdg_page_game&searchTerm=camping

For other camping games, go to Smoky the Bear’s site here:

http://www.smokeybear.com/kids/?js=1

This site has a section on camping just for kids:

http://kidshealth.org/Search01.jsp?SearchSection=3&Mode=Search&SearchTextArea=camping

Or take this quiz to test you camp fire safety knowledge.

http://www.kidzworld.com/quiz/quiz-campfire-safety

There are lots and lots of camp stories at this site.

http://www.boyscouttrail.com/cub-scouts/bear-scout-stories.asp

Or how about some camping songs? Find some silly ones here:

http://www.ultimatecampresource.com/site/camp-activities/camp-songs.html

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