Camping is one of the best ways for families to get closer. Also, camping is a great time for family devotionals and talks about God. But, maybe you can’t travel to a campground or a state or national park.
Well, you can still have fun camping…in your own backyard. Here’s some tips to make it easy for you.
What You Will Need
- A tent
- Sleeping bags or blankets for each member of the family (don’t forget the pillows!)
- Air mattresses or sleeping pads (optional)
- Playing cards or board games
- Marshmallows or other snack foods (optional)
- Hot dogs, hamburgers, and other food that can be grilled (optional)
Here Is How to Do It
1. Find a flat spot in your yard and help your family pitch the tent. Be sure to do this before it gets dark!
2. Set up your sleeping bags or blankets inside the tent.
3. You may not be able to build a campfire in your yard, but your parents can make outdoor goodies on the grill. If your family doesn’t have an outdoor grill, food can be made indoors and brought outside to eat.
4. As the sun sets, flick on your flashlights and sit in a circle. Tell stories, share jokes, or sing songs. Try stargazing with the flashlights off. How many constellations can you identify?
5. Have a family devotional.
6. When you start getting tired, go inside your tent and settle in for a good night’s sleep.
How to Have a Family Devotional
(It can be fun to have the whole family devotional while everyone is laying on their back looking up at the stars).
Start by having the youngest person tell something they are thankful for. Encourage them to think of several things.
Let everyone have a turn to speak.
Sing one or two songs that kids know from Sunday School, church or their youth group.
Read Psalm 19:1-3
Have a prayer and allow everyone to mention something for which they are thankful. Give everyone a turn and then r
epeat the process until everyone has had an opportunity to mention several things for the prayer.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
Psalms 19:1-3 (NIV)