Introduction to Camping

A woman sitting in a camp chair at her campsite

Adventure is an underrated need. If your reservoir of fun is depleted or your mojo is ailing, camping out under the stars is both an obvious—and an awesome—cure. Except maybe if you haven’t actually done it in a while, or ever. If that’s you, then fear not: This class is exactly what you need. We explain what gear you need, where and how to pitch your tent, how to feed the fire in your belly and how to make (and put out) a proper campfire. Graduates of this class will be able sleep as warm and snuggly as a kid in a backyard sleepover.

Watch the full class video, or dive into specific topics in the chapters below.

 

Intro to Camping: Full Class Video

 

Class Resources:

Shopping Resources:

Camping Tents 

Camp Furniture 

 


 

Chapter 1: How to Select a Campsite and Set Up Your Tent

 

In this chapter, you’ll learn:

  • What to bring
  • Selecting a site
  • Setting up your tent
  • Guying out your tent

Downloadable PDF:

A graphic showing the different parts of a tent

 


 

Chapter 2: How to Sleep Warm

 

In this chapter, you’ll learn:

  • Fine tuning your sleep system
  • Tips and tricks for staying warm

 


 

Chapter 3: How to Build a Campfire

 

In this chapter, you’ll learn:

  • Campfire best practices
  • Where and how to assemble your fire
  • How to extinguish your fire

 


 

Chapter 4: How to Cook at Camp

 

In this chapter, you’ll learn:

  • How to choose camp cookware
  • Shopping and meal prep
  • Camp cooking techniques
  • Food storage and cleanup

Downloadable PDF:

Four recipes to cook while camping

 


 

Chapter 5: Camp Magic Moments

 

In this chapter, you’ll learn about:

  • Fun things to bring camping
  • Camp activities
  • S’mores
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Stargazing

Downloadable PDF:

A visual stargazing guide


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