Camping can be fun but there are times where accidents will happen.  Here are some safety tips for kids while camping:

Safety Tip #1:  Set Camp Rules When You Arrive

When you first arrive, make sure to go over the rules with your kids.  Just so they know what is expected of them.

Safety Tip #2:   NO Food, Snacks, or Candy in the Tents

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Kids will sneak around this one because they can’t see the harm, but animals and critters can smell the food in a sealed unopened candy bar or chip bag and it acts like a magnet drawing them into the tent. The least problem would be ants and flies, the worst could be a bear attack. Explain this to the kids and then ENFORCE this rule!

Safety Tip #3: NO Candles, Lighters, or Open Flames in Tents

Of course this may seem obvious, but tell them anyway. Sometimes they need a few reminders.

Safety Tip #4:  Use the “Buddy System”

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You don’t want young campers wandering out of camp alone. Insist that they have at least one other person with them if they will be out of sight of the camp.

Safety Tip #5:  Make them Visible

Tie a strip of white cloth, (like strips of an old t-shirt), to all tent and/or tarp guy-lines and any other ropes used in camp, to help them be seen. If you tie the strip at knee or waist level, it has the best visibility.

Safety Tip #6:  Mark Boundaries

If you are camping with really young kids, use rope and stakes to mark out-of-bounds areas that the kids may not enter. And make sure you tell them that! Make the ropes waist-high to the kids and mark with the strips; the campfire and cooking area, and the wood chopping area are ideal candidates for this tip.

Safety Tip #7:  Bring Sunscreen and Mosquito Spray

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Always bring sunscreen and mosquito spray along.  You don’t want sun burnt or mosquito bitten kids.  Then no one is happy!

Safety Tip #8:   Always Wear Footwear

Never go barefoot in camp. There are too many things that can cut, scratch, poke, and stick into the feet, not to mention all the things they can stub their toes on, and trip over.

Safety Tip #9:  No Horse Play by the Fire

This one is big when it comes to safety.  Kids need to make sure that they don’t run or play near the camp fire.  The danger of them falling or tripping into the fire is a big safety concern.

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Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.