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Old 08-11-2012, 03:19 PM   #15
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I think you will find many more families and kids at the state and COE parks than even the commercial parks. I know my kids use the state parks to tent camp in. They are there on the weekends only but they camp with 4 kids. We have to find a bigger state park or a commercial park if we all go together. They are out there just try different parks. The national parks have loads of kids in them.
Most of our destinations ARE national and state parks and those seem to be the most devoid of kids of all. Don't get me wrong, we do come across families on occasion, but for the most part we don't.

For example, read the replies to this post. The replies are not coming from folks with kids, they are coming from folks with grandkids.

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We're in the pacific northwest and there are a lot of families that camp. In fact, the majority of campers seem to be families. Our two kids are 10 and 12. We went to Yellowstone and Teton this summer and found plenty of families in the campgrounds. We have several other friends that camp as well. All that said, I agree that the trend is less common for kids than when I grew up. We have found that a majority of our friends have kids that are active in sports starting at age 5 or so. Most of these leagues run all spring summer and fall which are prime camping season. On countless occasions we have asked others to join us and some tournament typically prevents them from doing so.

We typically camp once per month from late march through September and at least one full week. It is great for family building and we encourage the kids to invite a friend.

State and county parks are the norm for us.

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I know that we played baseball when we were young and when that ended we were free for the summer. Nowadays, kids are doing stuff all summer and there are less of them camping. I know that taking grandkids with us is means there are kids in the campground. I understand what you are saying though. I think that most families camp in tents and pop ups and they are brutal in the heat of the summer in FL but up in the NW and NE in the summer you can find them there.

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