Take it Easy
You might be roughing it, but that doesn't mean that camping trips should be less relaxing than any other vacation.
Resist the urge to overschedule your family during your time away from the big city. Instead, play it by ear, fitting in hikes, fishing excursions and campfire sing-alongs when your family is inclined, rather than forcing them to do way too much in a short amount of time. Overtaxing your family members will leave them tired, cranky and more likely to eat your s'mores when you're not looking.
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