many won't go because they don't know what to do at a campsite
The Texas Parks and Recreation Department says one of the main reasons why parents don't take their kids camping in the summer is because the parents have never been camping themselves, and have no idea how to do basic things like put up a tent or start a campfire.
So along comes 'Camp Camp.' The TPWD has established Texas Outdoor Family Workshop events all across the state, where they will trail mom and dad about how to manage a camping trip.
"How to kayak, how to geo-cache, how to set up camp, pitch a tent, cook on a stove, it's a blast," says Dan Hayes, who is one of the instructors.
Family weekends are scheduled throughout the month of June at several different camping environments, from beach camping on Galveston Island to Caprock Canyons in West Texas to the Hill Country.
Hayes says the goal is to make mom and dad more knowledgeable about how to camp, so they can teach their kids about camping and get them outdoors.
"And that's the whole point," he said. "Get away from the television, get away from the video games, get outside and be a family outside," he said.
Several surveys have indicated that people in their thirties and forties are the least 'outdoor' generation that America has ever produced, growing up during the video, and later the computer and on line revolutions.