We have just returned from our first ever family camping trip masha’Allah!
We spent a week living in a tent, cooking on a camping stove surrounded by the forest in the beautiful Dorset countryside.
Masha’Allah, the trip was arranged by a friend who also home educates and there were two other home edding families who attended as well as some other families with little ones.
I’ve been camping as a child and R has been camping twice with Muslim Scouts but this was our first time camping as a family. I must say, I was a bit apprehensive due to being heavily pregnant and camping being completely out of my comfort zone but guess what…
WE ALL ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!
It was stressful at times – toilet times, tantrums from the boys, the chilly coldness at night but we are definitely going to do it again insha’Allah.The kids were in their element and so were the parents!
What did we get up to?
- The kids helped source the right type of wood from the forests
- Campfires every night with good company masha’Allah
- Kids made bows and arrows from wood and string
- They played in the forest and fields
- They learnt how to survive in the outdoors and helped cook, clean and wash up outdoors style
- They met a man who lives in the forest and teaches bush craft
- We went to the beach
- They made a playhouse out of wood and leaves and tarpaulin
- Found all types of insects and even a lizard, spotted loads of rabbits and witnessed the hunting and cooking of a caught wild rabbit by the brothers
- As there were no lights anywhere, the night sky was simply breathtaking – and we could see what looked like galaxies, the saucepan constellation and stars like I’ve never seen them before.
I must say, living in camping conditions was definitely an experience I’ll never forget. It really was great to be away from technology. Spending time with the family surrounded by nothing but greenery was fab. It also showed me areas I need to work on – shouting being the main one!
If you haven’t camped as a family, I would highly recommend it – a great home educating experience too! I feel quite sad to be back and definitely want the kids to spend more time outdoors – they were so free subhanaAllah…
Here are some pics that I managed to take (not many due to lack of phone battery):