There's an old camping motto that says, "Take only photographs, leave only footprints." In that spirit, try this scavenger hunt game that leaves nature intact and provides a lasting memory of your family camp-out.
Before your trip, ask your parents to create a scavenger hunt list. As you find each item on the list during your camp-out, take a picture and check it off. When you return home, develop the photos and use them to create a memory album.
Skipping stones may be more art than science, but Jerdone Coleman-McGhee, author of The Secrets of Stone Skipping, says these basics are necessary for any good toss. 1. Pick a stone of uniform thickness that is about the size of your palm and that weighs about as much as a tennis ball.
2. Hold the stone with your thumb on top, middle finger on bottom, and your index finger hooked along the edges. 3. Face the water at a slight angle. Use a forehand pitch to throw the stone. The lower your hand is at release, the better. 4. Throw out and down at the same time, releasing the stone with a quick, sharp wrist snap to give it some spin. The stone should hit the water parallel to the ground.
For a summer experience to remember, camp at one of America's many national parks, including:
- Acadia National Park, ME
- Everglades National Park, FL
- Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
- Glacier National Park, MT
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN and NC
- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI
- Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
- Mount Ranier National Park, WA
- Shenandoah National Park, VA
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