Whether you are an experienced camper or planning your first camping trip, be sure to mind your manners at the campground. Here are a few suggestions from fellow outdoor enthusiasts on how to be a well-mannered camper.
Leave No Trace
With so many folks using and enjoying the outdoors, it is very important that each of us do our bit. to make sure we leave nothing behind that detracts from the experience of those who follow. To that end, I practice the "Leave No Trace" credo.
After I have packed my camp, but before I leave the site, I take a few minutes to reflect on the experience, think about what I might have done differently, what I may have forgotten or had that I didn't need. During my reflections, I also take a last look around to make sure the site is better than I found it.
Submitted By: Bruce Van Deuson
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Leave Wood for the Next Campers
My family and I often arrive near or after dark at our campsite. One thing I always look forward to is the campfire but it's hard to find wood in the dark. I like to leave a few logs and some kindling for the next campers so that they can have a fire the night they arrive. It's a nice gesture.
Submitted By: Rosemary Maziarz
Make Long-Time Friends
We look forward to fishing on every camping trip. A great way to meet the new campsite neighbors is to offer them some fish. Sometimes we end up making long-time friends.
Submitted By: Al Figone
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Keep the Campsite Clean
The last thing we do when packing up on the final day of our trip is clean the site. I pay my children one penny for each piece of trash they pick up including bottle caps, broken straws, etc. You would be amazed at how clean your campsite can be in a matter of minutes. Our motto is "Always leave the site cleaner than when you arrived." For $2 to $3, the campground is usually spotless.
Submitted By: Kimberly Clemens
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