I'm always looking for easy and fun ways to entertain our kids while we are camping. Sometimes we travel to amazing destinations that provide the entertainment and activities but there are times when we need a little something to keep our kids happy, occupied and out of the fire pit ashes...lol
One of the more popular attractions and the biggest hit with our family was floating down the Platte River. Since we stayed at the Platte River Campgrounds, we were right down the road but it took us a couple days to figure out the right spot, for our family with younger children, to put in.
Every year we try to do at least one camp weekend with our GS troop. This year, since it's one of the things the girls really love and look forward to, I hope to do one a season! The planning process from troop leadership can seem overwhelming. It's a big weekend and the more girls/adults you have attending the more work you will have to put into it. But, after all is said and done, it's totally worth it. If you haven't considered an overnight or camp with your troop I strongly encourage it! The excitement, sister scout bonding, life skills and lasting memories are just a few of the things you and your group will take away.
Last fall, our family took a major step and decided to invest in a travel trailer. I stalked the internet for months trying to find the best deal on a used "starter" camper for our family. Our knowledge of campers, or towing anything in general, was sparse but I'm a firm believer that if you want to do something you just have to pull the trigger and learn through doing.
After dabbling a little over a month on RV repairs, updates and fixing the rotted floor, we were able to take our first trip to Devil's Lake, Wisconsin. It was our first visit to this park and I wish we would have spent more than 2 nights there.
We stayed at the Northern Lights campground in a non-electric site that was wide open. We tried for electrical but you have to book early!! You can make reservations up to 11 months in advance. My daughter loved that we could see other people and there were definitely fewer bugs than the forest sites. We picked a site (167) at the entrance to the Northern Lights campground that was near to the trail that led down to the beach and North Shore. It was also pretty close to the Ice Age campground where we purchased firewood.
We brought along our fur baby. This was her camping first trip and I'm pretty sure she loves camping now. There were a ton of dogs at the campgrounds and throughout the hiking trails, they just were not allowed in the picnic areas.
The first night we focused on setting up the trailer and cooking dinner. It was misting when we arrived but that didn't stop us from starting a campfire. The misting was actually nice because it kept the mosquitos away. The rain stoped for a short while when we decided to take a trip to the campground store for some firewood. One of the campground stores is located in the Ice Age campgrounds. That night it rained with thunderstorms and we were happy to find that the camper didn't leak...lol The next morning we ate breakfast and hit the only trail we thought the youngest child could handle.
Tumble Rock Trail
What a beautiful trail and gorgeous scenery. It was an easy trail that followed the shore of the lake from the north shore to the south shore. From start to the south shore was 2 miles, 4 miles round trip. We didn't really think about the 4 miles or if our kids could handle it when we set out. Looking back I don't think I would have done the full 4 miles and would have stopped halfway. We ate lunch at the south shore at the concessions building. We let the dog dip her paws in the dog-friendly beach while Penny napped on her daddy's shoulders. She was sooo tired and rightfully so. If it weren't for that short 30-minute nap, Penny would have NEVER made it back. It was just enough rest for her to get a boost and be excited to step back on the trail.
The following day it was time to pack everything up. There were clear skies, unlike the previous overcast day, and it was warm. After packing up we decided to take a walk do to the beach and let the kids play in the water. Bella fully enjoyed the beach while Ryleigh had to be content with dipping her toes due to the cast on her broken arm.
In the future, I would love to bring the Girl Scout troop here! So much to do (hiking, swimming, kayaking, fishing, biking)! The campgrounds are great. Some have electrical hookups and I saw a ton of tent camping. There are bathhouses located throughout the campsite that offer showers. Some bathhouses are nice than others. The campgrounds were very family friendly and quiet without the partying.
We regret only booking the campsite for 2 nights. There was so much more to enjoy and I would have loved to have a full day at the beach or to at least use the kayak we brought with. There are many trails to try out, varying in difficulty but with amazing views from what I hear!! This will definitely be a destination to add to the yearly trips list!!
Today I'm excited to share with you a super easy snack that even your littles can put together. We used this idea for the brownie snacks badge and the girls loved it. There are so many ways to use this recipe!
- Brownie Snacks Badge
- After school snack
- Pizza lunchable
- Camp recipe (with box oven)
What you need:
- Mini bagels
- pizza sauce
- mozzarella cheese
- slice the bagels in half (open face). Try to get a brand that has them pre-sliced to make your life easier.
- Spoon 2 spoonfuls of sauce on each half and use the back of the spoon to spread.
- Sprinkle cheese on top!
- If you want to take it a step further you can pop them in an oven at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
These make a great after school snack or you can pack the components in their lunch for a pizza lunchable. I would recommend getting the little cups to put the sauce and cheese in. When we did this with our girl scout troop I had the sauce and cheese divided into these cups for them to make it slightly more organized. You can also store the cheese and sauce cups in your fridge so the kids can help themselves.
It's Summer Solstice today and what a better way to kick off the new season with this summer treat! We recently went to a BBQ with some of our friends and these little goodies were a big hit! I LOVE ice cream and I knew that day was going to be a hot one so this tasty cold treat was just what the kids (and adults) had in mind.
- Graham Crackers
- Hersey's Chocolate Frosting
- Chocolate ice cream (in a cardboard box container)
Start by laying out your graham crackers for roasting the marshmallows. Gently break each cracker in half and arrange 12 on a baking sheet. Put one marshmallow on top of each cracker.
Broil on low for 3-5 minutes. Make sure to keep a close eye on them so the crackers don't burn. You might want to do a test run first to see what time works best depending on your oven. Five minutes worked perfectly to get the nice toasty glow. Once you have pulled your roasted marshmallows from the oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Set aside.
Lay out 12 more crackers on a another sheet or dish. Heat up your chocolate frosting in the microwave for 30 seconds. Use a spreader or spoon your frosting on the crackers to create a think layer of chocolate goodness. Place them in the fridge for 10 minutes.
Take out your chocolate ice cream and remove the sides of the container so you have one rectangular brick of ice cream. Use a knife and slice sheets of the ice cream about 1 inch thick. If it's too frozen you can let it thaw for about 10 minutes but you want it pretty solid. Cut your sheet of ice cream in half ( should be the size of your graham cracker). You might have to slice off a little to make it fit.
Lay your chocolate frosted crackers down, put one slice of ice cream on top, and finish with your marshmallow cracker (facing down). Press down to slightly smash the marshmallow. Freeze the sandwiches until you are ready to serve.
BOOM! These as super simple and so sweet! I hope you enjoy!