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Family Campout Coronavirus Style!

We had a last minute idea to pull out the tent and surprise the boys with a fun family campout! They were elated. Watch the video to see their reactions…and our weekend camping adventure!

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Fun facts: Jill grew up enjoying a few “in-the-yard” campouts + some other “real” camping experiences with family and friends, but most of her camping (or “glamping”) memories are from the many family RV campouts and road trips. Derick grew up camping a lot since both he and his brother were very involved in Boy Scouts (both attained the rank of Eagle Scout!). After college, Derick also spent 2 years working in Nepal where many weeks at a time he and his team trekked to remote villages, camping along the way.

Do you like to camp? What are some of your favorite camping memories? Comment below!

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  1. Jacqueline ward

    What great memories you are making!
    The boys will remember camping forever.

  2. Louise

    Hey Jill & Derick
    We live in Western Australia & have a lot of beautiful camping spots where we regularly go.
    Now that we are in our spring here & our restrictions have eased up so we’re allowed to camp again it’s definitely in our plans to camp out again! Hope you guys enjoyed your camp out! Thanks for sharing it with us all. Love & prayers for you all Louise

  3. Regina Shea

    he boys looked like they were having so much fun! They will treasure.this for a long time. ❤My very first camping trip was to Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara, CA with preschool I was working at. It was an interesting and fun experience. I think my most memorable was going with my family on a AWANA campout. We were so blessed to sing worship songs under the stars with all the families that were there.
    I do recall a camping trip somewhere on Memorial Day weekend it rained during the night and snowed the next day. We decdied to spend the rest of trip in a cabin.

  4. Regina Shea

    Wow! I guess nobody else enjoys camping. I fully expected to see comments from all those 100+ people who commented in the past few posts to share their thoughts and memories of camping. It would have been fun to read.

  5. Becky

    When I was growing up we camped at a local state park called Promised Land. When my brother and I were kids we tent camped and had some interesting experiences (like the skunk that showed up while we were making breakfast and was twining around my brother’s ankles like a cat!). The campsite we used most often was in walking distance to the lake and it was the BEST place for swimming!

    • Regina Shea

      The skunk! Oh my goodness!

  6. mel

    I would never camp. I have a house and there are hotels everywhere. Visit nature by day but at night, find a real bed, indoor plumbing, and electricity. It would feel so gross sleeping outside.

  7. Pam Johnston

    I loved camping as a child and young adult….tent camping….my parents had a motorhome for several years and was able to travel the USA in it…but I called that glamping! But its such an awesome was to make great memories and the togetherness also! So much to do and explore when camping in new places. You have a beuatiful family!

  8. Stacey

    1) The loooooong walk in the dark to bathroom in the middle of the night with a flashlight with a nearly dead battery.
    2) Roasting a perfect marshmallow and NOT getting it in my hair! This has only happened once. LOL.

    • o

      This one is by far the most thrilling and funny camping experience I have ever had. My next door neighbor and best friend was Jill. (NOT to be confused with Jill DUGGAR.) Jill and I wanted to try to camp at the far end of my home lot, in Michigan. We were both 15 years old. We were growing up and proud OF it. So we set up my dad’s large, canvas tent, our cot’s to sleep on and the essentials: Alarm clock, portable stereo, essential foods, snacks and of course the marshmallows, chocolate and gram crackers. We brought a flash light with extra batteries, blankets, clothes and toiletries. We were very excited because we had planned to camp the ‘entire summer’. We vowed we would not go back into our homes until school started the following September. The first night was a blast. Talking, giggling and dreaming of what the future would be like. We took turns being the “Hopper”. The Hopper was to prepare meals, wait on the other one for 24 hours. Serving and doing anything at all the other one needed or wanted. Jill was the Hopper on our first night and was very dutiful. The next day I was Hopper. Whatever Jill wanted I would get. We sang songs together and read the magazines we had packed. At times we wanted to go back into our homes, but we quickly came to our senses, reminding each other of how we vowed not to return home until September. Bedsides that, we WERE 15 and wanted to display our seasoned maturity and independence. Therefor even though some nights were very cold, we stayed in my dad’s big tent. We had something we had to prove. When we were bored, we sang songs. I lent Jill my mosquito repellant and we shard our blankets simultaneously with 1 cot when it got too cold. We encouraged one another to wait out our commitment. Then, finally one night it started to rain. We were snugged on a cot together, saying, “We will NOT go in”. It started raining real hard. Than we heard a little thunder and saw some lightening flash. Then wind. A lot of wind! Our tent started sucking inward and then puffing outward as if it were a giant Puffer Fish. The wind increased so much that I wondered if a tornado might come and we should frantically cry out, “AUNTIE EM! AUNTIE EM!” Then Jill and I looked at each other as if we were frozen freight! “Jill said loudly and pragmatically, “WE’VE GOT TO GO IN.” I SHOUTED over the thunder, “WE CAN’T IT’S RAINING BUCKETS”. One minute later, we both shouted real frantic and in unison, “WE GOTTA GO IN!” I shouted again over the rumbling thunder, “GRAB ALL THE IMPORTANT THINGS! So we scurried around, grabbing the marshmallows, the chocolate, the potato chips. We ran as fast as we could, in the dark, to get into Jill’s house. We arrived sopping wet and cold, so Jill found us a dry blanket to share while sleeping on her parents’ sofa. The next morning was real quiet. We were afraid to go back to our tent. It was in shambles. We entered the now stinky, big canvas tent. There we stared somberly at that tent .There was the alarm clock, the little stereo and the flash light. At least we got important things.

      • Derick & Jill

        haha that’s a great story!


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