• Top 3 Camping and Picnic Spots for the Family and 5 Camping Tips for Parents

    Try something different this summer. Why not take your family camping? Explore the great outdoors and share your respect and awe of Mother Nature with your children.

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    This summer, embrace the great outdoors and let your kids enjoy and appreciate the wonders of nature. Pitch your tent and sleep under starry skies or just spend the day fishing, boating and having a picnic! Check out the following camping and picnic spots and tips for the family below.


    1. Taal Yacht Club – Promotes environmentally friendly water sports, environmental awareness and family togetherness. Open to non-members, you may enjoy their vast camping area and picnic with your own food. Maximum stay is 5 days for camping. You may also avail of their Taal Volcano trek where you may opt to hike or go horseback riding with your kids.


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    Individual entry: $2 (P100)/person; $3 to pitch a tent for the evening; $8 for large native style open cabanas


    Location: Taal, Talisay, Batangas
    Manila office address: TLYC, Corinthian Plaza, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
    Tel Nos. 811-3183/ 811-3283
    Website: http://www.sailing.org.ph/tlyc/camp.html


    2. Yats Clearwater Resort & Country Club – Provides camping space for up to 500 tents and facilities for water sports like kayaking, fishing and boating. Bring and pitch your own tent! You may bring your own food or make reservations at the Yats Restaurant.


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    Rental for space per tent: P1,000
    Admission fees per person: P500/adult; P300/child under 12
    Check in: 2pm
    Check out: 11am


    Location: Creekside Rd. near Centennial Expo, Clark Freeport, Pampanga
    Tel Nos: (045) 599-5949/ 0917-5204403/ 0922-8705177
    Website: http://www.clearwaterphilippines.com/pr/camping.html


    3. Subic Jungle Environmental Survival Training (JEST) Camp –  Camp like a pro by learning basic mountaineering, fire-building, wildlife identification and visit a mini-zoo, butterfly garden, aviary, insectarium and spider world with your kids! 


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    Entrance fee: P100/person


    Location: Freeport Services Corporation Amusement Park Bldg. H8211 Burgos St. Corner Causeway Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales
    Mobile Nos: 0917-3923759/ 0928-5046769
    Website: http://www.clarksubicmarketing.com/sports_leisure/subic_bay_jest_camp.htm


    Fun Things To Do At Camp


    Camping Idea #1 - Bring your binoculars and magnifying glass to get up close and personal with the creepy crawlies and the breathtaking view of nature.


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    Camping Idea #2 – If you plan to camp overnight, stargazing is a must! Bring a map of the constellations and play Who-Can-Spot-the-Constellation? A telescope is definitely a plus.


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    Camping Idea #3 – Create shadow animals on the walls of your tent and let your kids guess what animal it is. Test your creativity and try to make shadows of different things you see around you at camp.


    Camping Idea #4 – You can go on and on the whole day or even through the wee hours of the morning just telling stories—make believe stories, stories from books, funny stories about your childhood (that would be hilarious for your kids to hear) or even spooky stories around a campfire (if you are allowed to build one).


    Camping Idea #5 – Some camp resorts have cook-outs or BBQ dinners. Check with the administrators if you can join in and meet other campers!


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    1. Check out weather forecast to make sure you're going on a sunny day.
    2. Bring your eco- and kid-friendly mosquito repellent.
    3. Pack your first aid kit containing disinfectant, antibacterial skin ointment, adhesive tapes, cotton, and a cooler for an ice pack in case of bumps or swelling.
    4. Store food in airtight containers to prevent insects such as ants from getting to your food first.
    5. Respect all plant and animal life. Refrain from touching or disturbing insects or other living creatures in their habitat.
    6. Always leave your campsite clean!


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