Getting kids to love the outdoors isn't easy. "Kids we are going to head into the woods with the bugs, no electricity and you can't bring toys!" Tough sell. How about, "We'll roast marshmallows, make our own tepee, tell ghost stories and play tug-o-war." Easy sell.
To generate camping excitement and make sure the virgin voyage into the wild is a success, I suggest Camp Out!: The Ultimate Kids' Guide ($9.37). Author Lynn Brunelle has tips for everything. You'll fin plenty of practical items, such as how to tie a fashionable bandanna on one's head (p.114) and outdoor bathing tips. Then there is the fun stuff: creating seed and petal pictures (p.280) a guide to the constellations and lyrics to camp songs. The illustrations (in black and white mostly) are wonderfully kid-centric. This is a must for any family that plans to head into the wild with kids. That goes for backyard camping too!