I have had the pleasure of mentoring many women in the beginning of their journey before passing them off to someone back in their geographical area for their first official campout. It’s disappointing not to be there for the fun part but I recently got to experience the excitement of three first time Girl Campers at our annual Kickoff Campout at Turkey Swamp Campground in Jackson, NJ.
The excitement had actually been building for months within our online community. Facebook comments and shares about gear and menus and the potential for bad weather abounded. To manage the excitement of an upcoming camping trip it helps to talk a lot about it. We booked the first weekend the park was open knowing the weather could be unseasonably warm or annoyingly cold! We didn’t care. The winter was too long and part of the fun of camping is dealing with the elements.
One of the myths I try to dispel about the Girl Camping movement is that you have to already own a trailer to participate. I actually think it’s a good idea to not run out and buy a trailer before you know how you want to use it. There are so many trailers to choose from and you should take your time and get to know what’s out there. Our three newbies each experienced camping for the first time in different ways. There is really no wrong way to camp like a girl.