CAMPING ANTICS 7. It's too much work to readjust the tent with dawn oniy an hour away, so everybody crawls into the car. Junior perches ready to leap to safety in case that big ol' black bear — . (Every camp family learns to meet emergencies calmly.) Jots of rules .for camping conduct have been written and discussed. *~* Organized activity, planned ahead of time, is stressed as one of the most important musts. Familiarity with camping equipment is a common concept designed to forestall mishaps. Leaving a clean campsite upon departure is a basic courtesy easily understood. Yet in between the rules are many unexpected twists. Somehow or other we can't always visualize ahead of time what may happen. When we're surrounded by so much fresh air, open sky and unrestrained freedom the old familiar family antics take on a different and often unexpected aspect. Beginners, occasional camper-outers and dyed-in-the-wool tenting families all seem to follow a pattern of minor amusing mishaps. Not all the antics will occur at the same time, but sooner or later all things will happen to you —and you — and YOU. Read on and pick out your own antics. Some of them may seem familiar —, 1 " "•* • '••••'^VKMHIHBUMHBK^'V aMMHHBBHHBi^M!. •••V* ^MUHMOHHI 8. Early-morning review of situation finds everything on hand except Tipper. TIPPERRRRRR! . (This is a good way of waking everybody in the campground before sunup — so they won't miss part of a beautiful camping rlau ^ sunup day.) 1. Erecting the abode calls for concentrated family coordination as mother stretches in two directions at once trying to keep Tipper from walking off with all the important tent poles. (Practice first at home?) 9. TIPPER!—Have you been there all night? (No big ol' black bear was gonna get HIM!) (See? — pre-camp training paid off. HE wasn't lost — everybody else was.) 2. Tent-raising is momentarily disrupted while treed offspring is brought back to earth. (Have you laid, down off-iimit rules?) 10. Excitement is provided by Momma when agile-footed offspring prevent her from being swept out to sea. (The kids wore rubber soles — momma forgot her own. But nobody will let Momma drown — who would cook dinner? 3. Dinner plans are disrupted when camp stove refuses to balance on solid- appearing apple box, (The law of gravity is always with us on a camping trip.) 4. Night-time finds the kids ready to call it a day, except that Junior wants to camp by himself down by the big hollow tree. (Have you checked the people-capacity of your own tent lately?) 5, Peaceful dreams are interrupted by downfall of can' yas domicile, (Tomorrow night will find stakes more firmly driven in the ground AND a flashlight within easy reach,) In the meantime — 6. Father foggily inquires what on earth Junior is doing on top of the car. It seems there was a big ol' black bear—!! (The result of an overweary campflre tale. Serves you right, pop!) 11. And so the departure date, gloomily viewed by the kids, finally arrives. Home is always the haven .when one runs out of groceries on a camping trip. Kids hate to think of taking a bath when they get home — which is a reminder to check bathing facilities when picking a family camp-site for a prolonged stay.
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