Ethics and Camping Etiquette-Basic Skills for
Outdoor Enjoyment Are Celebrated In Vermont
Question: What are “Outdoor Ethics,” and
what do they mean by “Camping Etiquette?”
Quite simply, we are talking about learning
to take care of ourselves, while respecting the
environment and other people in the out-of-doors.
In this case, while camping in a Vermont State
Park. We aren’t born knowing how to camp,
or how to protect our environment. We need to
learn these skills to become experienced outdoorsmen
and women. This is why camping is such a great
family activity One generation can pass their
skills and knowledge to the next.
Some of what we need to know is pretty simple:
how do we dispose of garbage in camp? Some is
more complicated: how do we do our dishes outdoors
so we don’t pollute?
In the story “Emily
and Elliott Clean Up Camp,“ the kids
learn about campsite etiquette as they clean
up after a camp meal, and prepare for other
activities. Kids ages 5-10 can listen to or
read the story and relate some of their own
experiences about camping. Here are a few questions
for after the story to get everyone thinking:
1.) What do you thinks happens if a drain in
a park toilet building gets plugged up? How will
affect other campers and who will fix it?
2.) Name some animals besides squirrels that
would have eaten Elliott’s pancake. Are
these animals that we would like to have around
camp? What problems could be caused if wild animals
are allowed to hang around your campsite?
3.) Why did Dad heat the water to wash dishes?
How do you wash dishes when you go camping? How
is it different from washing dishes at home?
Why did Dad use special soap?
4.) In the story, the park had a dumpster for
garbage and containers for recycling. Do you
throw different types of things away when you
camp? What things can you recycle when you are
camping? How is this different from recycling
at home? Why is burning garbage a sign of inexperience
5.) The rude campers were making noise during
quiet hours and burning their garbage. Pretend
you are the park ranger and you are going to
talk to them about their camping manners. What
will you say?