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Microadventures with Kids – your stories, please!

I want to compile an inspiring and useful guide for people who would love to take their kids on microadventures but feel that it is too difficult. I am going to do this by sharing other people’s stories and advice. I’d love you to get involved! I have asked 10 questions below.

First – the boring stuff…

Compiling things like this takes ages. Please can you note these few things:

Sorry about the bureaucracy. On to the questions…

Microadventures with Kids – 10 Questions

  1. Who are you? (e.g. Names, ages, job, where you live)
  2. What are the obstacles in your life that make having microadventures difficult? (e.g. Long work hours, low income, living in a city, very young kids, disabilities. One of the biggest problems I face promoting microadventures is the assumption that it is only for privileged people with easy lives.)
  3. Tell us about your microadventure with kids. (e.g. where you went, what happened. 2-10 sentences is about right. Up to you though.)
  4. What was good about your microadventure? (2-10 sentences is about right.)
  5. What went wrong? What would you do differently next time? (2-10 sentences.)
  6. Many people worry about wild camping with kids. Do you have any specific advice on that?
  7. What packing advice would you give beyond my usual microadventure kit list information? (kid-specific gear, issues relating to small people in the wild, food etc.)
  8. What kit should all parents put on their Christmas list this year? (My suggestion would be a kelly kettle, for example: a fun, safe-ish way of introducing kids to the joys of fire and boiling water.)
  9. What advice would you give to the parents of children who like the theory of family microadventures but are daunted by the reality? (Try to go beyond “go for it!” You must know a nervous, nay-saying family – imagine you are writing your answer directly to them.)
  10. How can people who are interested find out more? (Perhaps a link to your Twitter / Blog / YouTube / email address / any books or online resources that you like)

Please attach any photos you are happy to share – these are more evocative than any amount of text.

Thank you! If you can think of any ways I could do this better (other than writing a book, which I keep being asked to do), just let me know!

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  1. Our micoadventures with kids are a challenge (that is to convince their parents that they will be fine out there in the wildnerness). The biggest issue is adequate gear. Aside that,
    on our microadventures (or hikes as we call them) there is no need for us scout leaders to come up with an entertainment programme – the kids entertain themselves. The only task we face is being able to answer all these questions about nature.

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