I’m willing to bet that your camping experience is only as good as your tent is. Think about it. If you have a tent that leaks and you wake up with everything in the tent all wet from the rain—-then, most likely, you will not enjoy camping out. So, this article will let you in on some helpful hints about tents and camping. Though this article was written in 2005, this is the current update in 2015.Back to Nature: Camping is about one of the least expensive vacations that you can take –no matter where you live. And it can do, for you, something that hardly any other vacation can do for you and for your family It brings you back to nature, and lets you experience peace in your very present moment. That is camping. If you choose a state park or state forest as your camping location, you will see nature like you have never seen it before. You might see raccoons, all sorts of birds and little animals, chipmunks, rabbits and more. If you are not careful you might have your first bear experience and hopefully, you will come out of it okay. But you will, without a doubt be as close to nature as you ever will be.There are different brand names for tents and different types of tents. Everyone has their own preferences. First, I have to say, my happiest and best camping days have been while using a Eureka tent. They are just made with the camper in mind. Does your tent have a nice screen window with a plastic flap –for rain? If you choose your tent correctly, you will have an awesome camping experience. A large part of joy in camping is having fun setting up the tent. If you do not enjoy setting your tent up–you simply have the wrong kind of tent. You may have spent just a few dollars for your tent, you might have gotten a bargain but you will know your value as you take it out and set it up. I say this from experience, and from having put up all sorts of tents from solo tents, backpacking tents, individual tents, even family tents. Yes, I have put up a family-size tent, myself–with no assistance, and had fun doing it. And just one company makes this possible. Eureka! I absolutely love the Tetragon series of Eureka tents. You cannot go wrong with this tent. The Tetragon 9 is a beautiful tent that has side windows that are net. And the fly of the tent has plastic inserts that cover the side windows in case of rain. The beauty of a tent is being able to look outdoors from the inside and still be able to be dry in a downpour. Ahh, that special beauty of seeing the forest or the park through your tent windows as the rain is pouring down outside. That is Eureka! It is just a convenient, joyful, easy-to-assemble tent. The best Eureka was Eureka Tetragon 9 but the 8 is the one that is still available. If this is your very first camping experience, I suggest that you find someone to camp out with. Sharing an experience with someone does making camping out–more fun, and sometimes, easier.Weather Decides Which Tent You Need: When trying to decide which tent to purchase, the camper needs to first know where he will camp out, the time he will camp out, and the weather circumstances, and a few other things. For beginners, if you do not want to spend a few extra dollars buying a Eureka tent, you can opt for the cheaper versions of small tents just to see how you like camping. Try any tent. But I guarantee you, if you want an awesome experience, even as a beginner, you might do better with a Eureka. Here is an idea, instead of spending big bucks on an expensive tent of some other name, check out eBay or some other used-items stores and purchase your tent used instead of new. This way you can afford Eureka for your first tent and then you can upgrade later if you really insist on having a brand new tent.Beginners’ Tents: During my experimentation with many different kinds of tents, I’ve found that the best beginners’ tent is a very inexpensive one that is usually available, in season, at Target stores.The tent is called the Expedition Trail Authority tent. If you purchase this tent ‘off- season” you can pick it up for under nineteen dollars.The tent area on the floor is seven feet by seven feet, so that’s plenty space for one or two people.This tent is easily set up. You don’t need two people to set it up because the tent center height is at a reasonable height. All you do is assemble the shock-corded poles and install them. Stake your tent down. Add the tent fly, and you are ready to go. When using this tent, I use an inexpensive waterproof tarp under the tent, and another inexpensive waterproof tarp over the tent. Now, I’m set for all kinds of weather camping.Leave Large Family Tents Home: I’ve found that if you want to have a pleasant, non-working camping experience, you’ll need to leave the large tents and the family tents back at the house or in the garage. Those larger tents, though they afford more room and more center height, are not fun to put together. And, on a windy day, they are almost impossible for one person to put them together. So, the smaller you go, the better you’ll feel and the best and most carefree camping experience you’ll have. Use two or three smaller tents for the family and you will all have more fun and much nicer trip.RAIN? Keep Your Camping Reservation: Here is another camping tip. Never cancel a camping trip just because you hear that it will rain. The weather will probably be fine for at least some of your trip days. So keep your planned trip. Camp in all kinds of weather if you are physically able to do so. You will love the experience. The rain will always stop, and even if it does not, you will learn what camping is really all about. Camping is about bringing yourself out into nature and living there for a short while. You live there with what nature provides, and you take it all, sunshine, rain, storms and whatever other kind of weather happens. You go camping! The great thing about camping is that this is probably the one place that you can safely “do nothing”, and really enjoy doing that. Just sit outside the tent and take in all the birds, trees and nature all around you. Check out Hither Hills State Park if you like camping at the ocean. This is the most awesome place for going to sleep and waking up with the tide rushing. And this comes from one who does not know how to swim. I loved staying there for the night. Do you want the best tents? Here is what to do. Never buy online. First go to a store like REI or EMS and see the tents that they have in stock. This will give you a better idea, on which tent is best for you. Just a note, if you do camp at Hither Hills, bring Ziplocs with you. Put all your money or fragile items, like iPods etc, inside plastic bags and then put the plastic bags inside a beach bucket. This way everything will be dry in the morning. Just one last note, you need to register at least nine months in advance if you want to camp out at Hither Hills during a weekend or holiday time. What is your own camping experience? Leave a note Seriously, if you want to experience Heaven right here on earth, the way to go is to visit the Hither Hills State Park in New York State, USA.Article update 2015. Original article 2005:
Camping, like no other activity, has a significant impact on a child’s life. It’s important that parents learn how to make informed decisions when choosing an outdoor activity. There are quite a lot of issues to consider prior to locating a perfect camp for your children. Summer camps in Brooklyn offer children opportunities to learn, develop physically and make new friends. Only careful planning may ensure that your child’s experience in a summer camp will be memorable and enjoyable.Instructions1. Get your child involved, if he/she is of appropriate age, in choosing a summer day camp.2. Try to determine the needs of your child adequately. Mind that all children are different and thus they all have different needs to consider. Hence the summer camp you choose has to be not only age appropriate, but also meet the emotional, mental and physical needs of your child.3. Think of the list of activities and goals your child and you want to gain from a summer camp. There is a wide range of camps available in New York city, such as adventure camps, academic camps, athletic camps etc.4. Inquire about the cost of the camp. Take into consideration that many camps offer ways to help parents with paying the cost of the camp. Most camps have fund-raising activities throughout the year and other options to assist in offsetting the cost.5. Understand the philosophy of the camp. Does it offer a wide array of programs or emphasize one activity? Consider what is the purpose of the camp from the organization perspective.6. Verify who sponsors the camp. Summer camps in New York are run by various organizations. The camps run by agencies or by municipalities tend to be lower-cost. Private summer camps, on the other hand, tend to fill-up early and are generally more expensive, but offer much more exuberant activities and richer emotional experience.7. Decide if your child is ready for a tedious sleep-away experience. There are both summer overnight (residential) camps and summer day camps New York residents can choose from. Some camps may take just a couple of days, while others last for several weeks or even all summer long for older children.
I just read an interesting post on a website that listed 10 reasons you should choose your Muay Thai Gym. This actually seemed more geared towards people in the states picking a gym, as opposed to picking one in Thailand, and since it was a gym that listed it on their site, you can assume that they met all the qualifications that they listed. lol.It is a good point though, that there are factors that people should consider when picking their gym. Unless you have trained at the cam, or personally know someone who has, you won’t really know what to expect when you arrive at the camp to train, or even why you should pick Camp A over Camp B.Here are some good tips to consider when picking your Camp.1. Time Vs. Money – For many people, one of the biggest reasons they choose their camp is the price. You may compare a couple different gyms, with one being lets say 8000 baht, and the other being 10000 baht. A lot of people will make the decision to go with the cheaper gym, simply because of price. But what you need to consider is time. Let’s say the gym that’s 8000 only has 2 sessions a day, totaling 4 hours each day, meanwhile the gym that costs 10000 has 2 sessions, which are 3 hours each day. Essentially over the course of a month, you get more for your money with the gym that costs a little more, because you end up getting an addition 50 hours of training time. However, you do have to ask yourself how much you are planning on training. If 2 hours a day is enough for you, then go with the cheaper gym, and enjoy the beach. If you are serious about your fitness, training and possibly fighting, than consider the gym that gives you more time.2. Location – This is extremely important. You have to consider not only where the camp is, and your travel to the camp, but also what is around the camp. Are you going to be able to fly directly into an airport with the camp a short taxi drive way, or do you have to take a long bus trip or ferry ride to get to your camp? What is even more important is what the camp is located near. Are their food and pharmacies and other shops within walking distance? If not, you may have to spend extra money on either renting a motor bike, or paying for taxis during your time there. Keep this potential extra expense in mind.3. Facilities/Trainers – If you have never been to a camp before, you should try to look at pictures, or read a list of equipment they have at the camp. You want to look for how many rings and heavy bags they have. If they only have 1 or 2 rings, you may find yourself doing sparring or pad work outside the ring, due to space. You also want to find out if they provide equipment for you to train with, or if you must provide your own. It could either mean you have to pack more with you, or buy it when you arrive. Another thing that is over looked are mats. Do the floors have mats, or are you training on concrete? If they do have mats, you may want to ask how often they are cleaned, as you don’t want to get a skin infection. Finally, you want to find out what the student to trainer ratio is for the camp. The better the ratio, the more one on one time you get with the instructors.4. Read Reviews (Good and Bad) – Do a Google search for the name of the camp you are considering, followed by the word “reviews”. Most camps will have a decent amount of reviews whether it be on message boards, blogs, etc. Read ALL the reviews you can, both the good and the bad. Don’t ignore either because you already favor the camp. If someone has something bad to say, there is probably some truth to it. That shouldn’t necessarily steer you away from the camp, but you may want to keep it in mind, so you can address it if it happens to you. At the same time, if you find 10 good reviews, and 1 or 2 bad reviews, the chances are it’s a worth while camp.5. Contact The Camp – Contact the camp via email or phone, and ask them any questions you have. They are the number one source and will give you the exact answer. Also, if you contact them via email, and they respond, you have some writing from them that you can refer to should a problem arise. You can also tell a couple things from this. If they respond quickly, and thoroughly, then it is a good sign that they are well organized. You should also be able to tell how well the office/administration staff communicates in English. That is important as you could avoid any unnecessary miscommunications.6. (Don’t Just) Read The Website – This is almost a catch 22. You want to read the website, as it will give you an accurate depiction of how organized and professional the camp is. You would be surprised how many Muay Thai Camp websites I have seen that simply don’t have their training prices or anything regarding accommodations on their site. Even if the camp itself doesn’t have accommodations, they should list local places on their site. If they do, they are making it as easy as possible for you to have a seemless, enjoyable experience. If not, it sends you a more negative depiction of the camp.However, even a camp with a great website, may not necessarily be a great camp. I’ve seen websites that are professionally done in a really nice Flash design, but has limited facilities and very small clientele. There is an advantage in that, as it will give you more one on one time with the trainer, but it also limits you on things like sparring and your social experience. With that being said, as I stated above, do your diligence and research the camp(s) that you are considering, beyond just their website.I hope that information helps you out in your adventure. 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