Camping Out Safety

​It's kind of sad. Our children ask to sleep in our barn or sleep in the back yard. Our first year we did let them do it twice, but after the creepy incidents that have occurred we have been very hesitant to let them do it again. Part of me feels like we are depriving them of a fun childhood memory/activity, the other part of me says it's perfectly fine to protect our children. Another part of me wants to let them as long as they sleep out with the dog - he's turning out to be a very good watch dog now that he's getting older.

I grew up sleeping out in our tent and camper, both in our yard at home and at campgrounds. We went camping every summer and had so much fun.

How do you camp out safely in this day and age? Do any of you go camping?

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8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
09/30/13
8Theresa Gould
I know. I never had an issue while growing up, though we did have a lock on our camper, not on our tent though, obviously. Now that I am an adult, give me a solid door with a lock and a building structure, please. :)
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    8Theresa Gould
    Yep, me too, Leah.
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    8Theresa Gould
    I could watch them by pulling the recliner by the patio doors. I doubt I'd sleep very well and I'd probably bring them in when I went on my paper route because my husband sleeps through anything.
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      Amanda Hurley
      We usually go to a campground to go camping. I do not know where you live, but it depends on where you live and what is around you as far as letting the children sleep outside on their own. I agree that some of the best memories as a child is camping out in the woods. My parents own 80 acres in the Upper Peninsula, and I used to love to go up there and camp in the wood.
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      Amanda Hurley
      Oh yes. Unless you are staring a bear or wolf face to face (as I have twice on the way back from our "outhouse".)
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      8Theresa Gould
      Amanda, we are rural but live on a very busy rural cross road as it leads into our town of 20K and it is also the rural route to other towns in the area.

      I bet that was a lovely area to grow up in the UP!
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        Amanda Hurley
        It's either called Painted Rocks, or picture rocks. It was the most beautiful thing I ever saw. My dad stays around the Gladstone area. I love just being in the woods, especially in the fall.
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          8Theresa Gould
          I've never been to the UP. The closest I've come to it is on our honeymoon we stayed at a friends' "cabin" (more like a house on the lake) in Eagle River, WI.
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            10/01/13
            8Theresa Gould
            I'm sure! I love anything to do with being out in nature and I can definitely do cabins.
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              10/02/13
              8Theresa Gould
              Lisa this is what we would do once a year at our townhouse - have an indoor camp out. We'd even roast marshmallows and hotdogs over the stove, with our supervision, of course. This is what made our children fall in love with camping and ask for a "real" camp out once we moved to the country.
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