Essential Camping Skills Class

Kids, Family

Description: Camping is the foundation of most of our outdoor activities. No matter what sport you pursue, it all comes back to a pack, stove, tent and warm sleeping bag. Join the REI Outdoor School instructors to learn how to make a comfortable home for yourself in the wild. We'l leave the trailhead for a day hike with all of our gear until we find that little patch of ground we can call home. Then we'll set up a model campsite using proper Leave No Trace skills. Our instructors will show you where to position your kitchen area, your "bathroom facilities" and your tent site for maximum safety and comfort. Food storage and wildlife safety will also be covered. Our goal is to teach practical camping skills for use in every situation, from car camping to long-distance backpacking.

Skills you'll learn:

Set up a model campsite including kitchen, bathroom and sleeping areas using proper Leave-No-Trace skills. How to store food safely to prevent wildlife encounters. Practical camping skills for use in every situation from car camping to long distance backpacking.

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

Essential Camping Skills Class Information

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Date / Time
Meeting Location / Class Notes
8/2/2014 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT

Essential Camping Skills Class
Lewis Morris County Park | More Information and Directions
Group Size: 12
Required Legal Form: General (pdf)

Member: $40.00
Non Member: $60.00

Spots left: 9

Essential Camping Skills Class Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Personal Backpack & Equipment - The backpack and equipment you use.
  • Water Bottle
  • Hiking Boots
  • Lunch & Snacks


  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
  • Energy Snacks
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Hiking Poles - REI will provide but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Lip Balm/Protection
  • Personal Camera

Gear provided by REI:

  • Backpacking Stove
  • 3 Season Backpacking Tent - A tent suitable for spring, summer, and fall camping.
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Cookset