If you’ve been camping before, you’ve likely sung around a campfire, roasted marshmallows, and learned the best way to sleep in a sleeping bag especially if it is cold outdoors. You may have not, however, known what it feels like to document your experience around camp either by drawing, photographing or writing about what you saw, smelled, touched, tasted, and heard.

Being close to nature provides you with bountiful opportunities if you’re willing to seek them out. The following list of ideas are unconventional but also make it so you enjoy every minute you spend camping on your next trip. Choose one to try right away or make it a point to complete the list, whatever your adventurous heart feels up to at the moment.

Here are some things you may have never thought to do while camping:

Create Sunprints.

The Sunprint Kit has been around since the mid-1970s but few people today know much about it. Special paper is used along with items found in nature such as rocks, leaves, flowers, and seed pods to create unique prints. The object that is placed onto the paper will leave a print once the paper is left outdoors and exposed by the sun. You can then use the papers to create art or journal entries about your experience around camp.

Paint rocks to hide.

Join the craze that is sweeping the nation. Purchase some stones from a retailer that have a smooth surface. Also acquire some craft paints and paintbrushes. Lay down newspaper on a picnic table or card table and let everyone get creative with their designs. Once the rocks have dried, hide them around the campgrounds for other campers to find.

Purchase a wildlife identification guide and see what you can find around camp.

From flora to fauna to fowl to amphibian, you’re in for a surprise when you open your eyes to the wonders around camp. This activity is especially fun for young children who may have never seen natural wonders in person. Let them lead the pack and alert you to the discoveries they’ve made while spending time in the Great Outdoors.

One of the most appealing things about camping is that you can personalize your experience however you see fit. You can do things you’ve experienced in the past or completely step out of your comfort zone by trying something new. The choice is yours and yours alone.

So, what are you waiting for? Call Saco River Camping Area now to book your reservation! We have so much to offer campers of all ages at our popular campground.