I'm all for spending time outdoors. I love being outside. And I like campfires. I love the yummy foods we make over the fire like dinner-in-a-can, fire cooked sausage, even pork roast tastes better.
My children love camping. They ride bikes, dig in dirt, wield sticks, hike, swim, what's not to like, right?
Camping is Evil because it DESTROYS my children's sleep habits.
We first took Anna camping as a 6 month old. She had been sleeping pretty much through the night. Or at least.. consistently 5 or 6 hours each night before we left for the trip. The trip ended, and for months afterwards she was up every two hours. Brilliant us took her camping the following summer as a toddler and I am pretty sure that solidified her not sleeping through the night until she turned 2.
Charlie went camping with us in June for a week. Before camping, the child went down for the night by putting him in his recently aquired "big boy bed" about 12 times before he gave up the game and went to sleep. He slept through the night almost every night.
Since our camping trip in June, Charlie has awoken at 3:00a.m. almost every night. At least 4 times a week he is AWAKE in the middle of the night for over an hour. Since going camping he WILL NOT GO TO BED without at least an hour long battle. He wakes up at the crack of dawn most mornings after fighting to stay awake until 10:30pm the night before.
We got back from our camping trip on June 20th. It's been a MONTH and we still can not get this child to sleep even close to the amount he needs.
Camping is evil.
Luckily, we've resigned ourselves to spend the rest of the summer camping as often as possible since we can't get Charlie back on track anyways.