4 Under $40: Father’s Day Gifts for the Camping Dad
4 Under $40: Father’s Day Gifts for the Camping Dad avatar

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Does your husband or father love to camp as much as I do? Then skip the paisley tie this Father’s Day and get him what he really wants–gear and gadgets for the great outdoors! These four great gifts for under $40 will help him step up his camping game and make his next trip even more memorable.

 

Fireside Friend

When I first saw the Fireside Friend at Home Depot it was love at first sight. Estwing makes beautiful tools that are forged in one piece for strength and durability. They are tools that last for generations. This one is made to split larger pieces of firewood into smaller, more burnable pieces. I have added this blue beauty to my permanent camping kit and your dad should too. After all, there’s always room for another friend around the campfire.

 

Image2 Krupps Coffee Grinder

If your dad loves to camp then he probably loves coffee. Help him step up his game with this stainless steel Krups coffee grinder. The single best way to improve the taste of Dad’s morning brew is to ditch the pre-ground coffee and let him grind the beans himself. This little beauty is perfect for camping because it is compact and the cord can be wrapped around the base. Since the grinder is under 30 bucks, you can throw in a bag of gourmet beans for everyone’s favorite barista.

 

Petzl Tikka Plus

If your dad doesn’t have a comfortable and stylish headlamp to bring to the campground then he might as well stay home. A headlamp is necessary for reading around the campfire at night and for those hands-free diaper changes in the dark at three in the morning. When equipped with a Petzl headlamp, he will no longer feel like he needs SEAL Team 6 to help him remove the enemy from his RV. In a pinch, it can also be used as an emergency night light for the kids.

 

darn tough

Is your dad’s sock drawer an embarrassment to the entire family? Then buy him a sweet new pair of Darn Tough hiking socks and tell him to throw away a pair of his el-cheapos. The Merino Wool is breathable, never smells, and will keep your dad’s feet cool all summer long.  Darn Tough guarantees their socks for life, so you can feel good about dropping twenty bucks for a pair. They are also super comfy! The next time dad hikes Katahdin, he will feel like he is walking on air, and will thank you with every step!

 

Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi blog about camping and traveling with their three young children at livelylittlecampers.com

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Lively Little Campers: Celebrating Mom & Supporting KOA’s Care Camps: Our Favorite Family Tradition
Lively Little Campers: Celebrating Mom & Supporting KOA’s Care Camps: Our Favorite Family Tradition avatar

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image1 When you own an RV, planning your next family adventure is always part of the fun.  But should you go somewhere new or return to a place that you love? Our family has camped in eight different states, and we hope to travel to all fifty.  So whenever we hit the road with our White Hawk, we usually prefer exploring new destinations. However, there are certain campgrounds that call us back again and again.  The Philadelphia/West Chester KOA is one of those special places.  It is the home of our family’s favorite camping tradition. Here’s why:

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1. It is a perfect place to spend Mother’s Day weekend. This KOA, which is owned and operated by Gary and Lori Levesque, is a wonderful setting for spending quality time together while celebrating Mom.  They have a shady playground, an open field for sports, a gem mining station, and a miniature golf course.  But most importantly, the idyllic Brandywine River meanders across the southwest side of the property.  This river is perfect for fishing with little kids or for taking mom on a long Mother’s Day canoe ride.  The banks of this historic river are filled with red-winged blackbirds and American golden finches, and the water is usually crystal clear and perfect for a brisk swim.  The Philadelphia/West Chester KOA is close enough for a weekend getaway–but once we dip our oars into the Brandywine we feel like we are a world away from home.

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2. We love supporting KOA’s Care Camps charity.  Mother’s Day weekend always coincides with KOA’s Care Camps weekend.  Four years ago we came for the free night of camping, but now we return to support this inspiring charity.  Each spring participating KOA campgrounds and their campers raise money to “send children with cancer to medically supervised camps where they have a great time in the great outdoors.”  Pretty easy to get behind that cause, right?  It was for us.  The Care Camps charity began in 1984 when donations for six camps totaled $7,100.  This year $800,000 was raised to support 52 different camps across the country.  The Levesques helped raise money by, among other things, selling Care Camps t-shirts and throwing an ice cream social with live music at their Liberty Lodge.  We did our part by polishing off some of that tasty ice cream and leaving with a bag full of new t-shirts.  This charitable aspect of our family tradition gives us an opportunity to teach our boys that they can help others and have fun doing it.

image4 3. Longwood Gardens is a hop, a skip, and a jump away.  You could spend the entire weekend right on the grounds of this delightful KOA, but then you would miss Longwood Gardens, which is a short drive away from the campground and makes for a perfect day trip. It is the former home of Pierre S. DuPont, and is truly one of our country’s great horticultural treasures. The highlight for us is always the magical Indoor Children’s Garden.  Our boys love to get wet in one of the many kid-friendly fountains and then run through the bamboo maze and bang on the xylophones at the music station.  Mom and Dad have wizened up over the years and now we make sure to bring towels and extra clothes for the kids.  When a camping destination becomes a family tradition you are given the opportunity to perfect your approach–and we definitely have more fun each year during Care Camps weekend.

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4. It’s a great place to bring family and friends.  We are big believers in sharing the joy of RVing with our friends and extended family, and we also believe in letting our favorite family traditions grow and change.  The Philadelphia/West Chester KOA is one of those super friendly campgrounds that has a very welcoming atmosphere.  So this year we brought Max and Theo’s godmother along and she contributed to the trip in spades.  When our twins found out that she was coming, they told her that she would have to be on best behavior while at the campground.  I’m happy to report that she was.  She made sausages for dinner, read the boys books before bedtime, and started up a baseball game right in front of our campsite.  She threw all strikes.  We definitely plan on saving her a bunk for next year’s trip.

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Are you hoping to start a new family camping tradition?  If so, find a campground that your family will love returning to for generations to come.  Why not try a KOA during Care Camps weekend?  Your family will help raise money for a worthy cause and you’ll get to celebrate Mom, everyone’s favorite camper.  Take her out for an invigorating hike and a canoe ride on a sparkling river.  Instead of buying her a bouquet, surround her with gardens of beautiful flowers.  She won’t miss brunch a bit.

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Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi blog about camping and traveling with their three young children at livelylittlecampers.com

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New Adventures. New Badges. And Now a New Cause!
New Adventures. New Badges. And Now a New Cause! avatar

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Journal_PostAs many of you know, last summer we introduced the Jayco Badge of Ownership program to encourage families to share their outdoor enthusiasm. Well, to kick off the summer, we added 17 NEW badges for families to collect, bringing the merit total to 33!

This year — with every badge you collect — you’ll also be making a difference in the life of a child with cancer. We’re donating $1 for every badge downloaded* to KOA Care Camps, a summer program for children with cancer. You also can download a KOA Care Camps badge to raise awareness about this great cause.

To collect your badges, visit badgeofownership.jayco.com. Our badge page also makes it easy for you to post your well-earned badges on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter to spread the camping spirit.

At Jayco, we know we’re in the business of creating RVs, but we strive to build more than just than that. Families have been making lifelong memories with a Jayco RV nearby for nearly 50 years. So bring on the summer fun. Check out our newest badges!

Interested in learning more about the KOA Care Camps program? Visit koacarecamps.org.

 

 

*Up to $1,000

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