Brief Guide to Backyard Camping, Fun Ideas & Camping Recipe

Brief Guide to Backyard Camping, Fun Ideas & Camping Recipe

You can have a lot of fun in Backyard Camping if you can’t go far from home to have a camping experience, then why not bring that outdoor camping experience to your home’s backyard. Backyard Camping is a great way to have a lot of fun, for you and for your children.

In this guide, I will guide you to Camping in your Backyard, ideas to have fun activities, recipes to cook. I will guide you as briefly as possible and will also try to cover every question you might have in your mind.


How to Go Camping in Your Backyard

1. Make Rules

Before you start camping in your back yard, set some rules for children and yourself because you don’t want your family to keep going home to play video games or watch TV. These rules will only make this outdoor experience memorable for your family.

Now its time to take the first step toward Back Yard Camping, Follow these steps.

2. Back Yard Camping Supplies

First of all, you will need supplies to be comfortable while camping in your back yard, make sure you have everything at the campsite, so you won’t have to go home.

  • Tent or Tarp – How to Set Up Tent –
  • Sleeping bags
  • Over head Umbrella or shade
  • Picnic Table
  • Utensils and Kitchen Camping
  • Grill or Fire pit
  • Flashlight
  • Insects Repellent
  • Ingredients to make Camping Food recipes
  • Food and Snakes
  • Batteries
  • Books to Read
  • Water
  • Toys for outdoor games
  • Make sure you bring everything that is comfortable for kids
  • Hygiene Essentials

3. Set Up Tent

Set up tents in your home’s back yard or lay a tarp for sleeping bags if you are planning to sleep under the sky to have a beautiful sight of the stars.

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4. Place Portable Table Or Picnic Table

Placing a portable table or picnic table at your campsite will make meal preparation simple and easy for you.

5. Grill And Outdoor Fire Pit

Make sure you have a Grill or Outdoor fire pit to cook camping recipes.

Important Tips For Best Experience

  • Use Real Campsite equipment to get the feel of real outdoor camping.
  • Keep kids engaged, with fun activities, to keep them interested in the camping. (I mentioned some different fun ideas below make sure you check them out)
  • Don’t Use a Computer or phone and try to enjoy camping like you are really on an outdoor campsite.
  • When you are camping in the backyard, your house should disappear for you except your bathroom.

Backyard Camping Recipes

Another great thing about camping is Cooking Food at the campsite, it makes camping even more fun. The following list is consists of amazing recipes.

Quick List

  • Dutch Oven Mountain Man Breakfast
  • Campfire Foil Packs
  • Campfire Potatoes
  • Peanut Butter Cup Grilled Sandwich
  • Campfire Green Beans
  • S’mores
  • No Bake Camping Cookies
  • Maggie’s Camper Specials
  • S’More Bars II
  • Campfire Banana Split
  • Barbequed Cabbage

1. Campfire Foil Packs Recipe


Camping Recipes

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2. Dutch Oven Mountain Man Breakfast Recipe



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3. Campfire Potatoes Recipe


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4. Peanut Butter Cup Grilled Sandwich Recipe


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5. Campfire Banana Splits Recipe


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6. Campfire Green Beans Recipe


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7. S’mores Recipe


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8. No Bake Camping Cookies Recipe


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9. Maggie’s Camper Specials Recipe


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10. S’More Bars II Recipe


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11. Barbequed Cabbage Recipe


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Back Yard Camping Ideas/Fun Activities

It is very important to have fun activities for kids and for yourself, to keep them interested in the outdoor experience.

Quick list

  • Make Natural Mosquito Repellent
  • Lightning Bug Catching Jar
  • Catch Squirrels
  • Play Bucket Brigade
  • Storytelling
  • Make Shadow Puppets
  • Star Gazing
  • Cook Meal

1. Make Natural Mosquito Repellent

Using these natural herbs, you can repel mosquito, isn’t it great. Here is the tutorial for you. Tutorial

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2. Lightning Bug Catching Jar

Kids love catching lightning bugs, make one and make backyard camping more fun.

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3. Catch Squirrels

Don’t get the wrong idea from the heading, I am talking about squirrel tag, in this game, one person act as squirrel catcher, and others act as squirrels, clinging to trees of their choosing.

If you don’t have trees in your yard, don’t worry, you can use tables and chairs.

Let’s start game.

The catcher will shout “squirrel scramble,” then the squirrels have to dash to another chair or tree and avoid getting tagged by the catcher.

If you get tagged before reaching the other chair, Congrats you are the new squirrel catcher.

4. Play Bucket Brigade

Bucket Brigade will be a fun game for children and adults equally. Especially children will have a lot of fun and exercise. This game is healthy and fun.

Let’s Start This Game.

You will need a pitcher filled with water and some small pepper cups to divide between two teams.

When the game referee shouts “Start Now” both teams will compete with each other to take water from a pitcher and transfer that water to a pool or another big tub, with the help of small paper cups, the team that will empty the pitcher first will win.

Everyone will have a blast of fun and happiness. Enjoy!

5. Storytelling

Telling stories around the campfire at night will be the best and comforting experience for you and everyone sitting around the campfire.

Older kids will like the ghost stories, that will make them thrill and excited, make sure you don’t go too far to scare them.

6. Make Shadow Puppets

You probably know about Shadow Puppet, and how much fun is it, some Shadow Puppets are easy to make, but if you want to impress your kids, then you can try making complex Shadow Puppets.

7. Star Gazing

Stargazing is the best way to spend some quality time with your kids, tell them about stories about stars and the universe. Stargazing will be an amazing activity, and you should write it on your list, to do things in backyard camping.

8. Cook Meal

When you are camping outdoor, make sure you have the necessary ingredients to cook some tasty dishes.

Even if you don’t know how to cook, still try to cook it will be a lot of fun, take some help from a website for a recipe to cook at the campsite.

I think cooking at the campsite is the best of the camping, try to have as much fun as possible.

Is Backyard Camping Safe?

We want to have fun and enjoy life by staying safe. Is backyard camping safe? the answer totally depends on your location, your city’s weather condition, the backyard, where you want to set up the tent, and most importantly, the reputation of your neighborhood.

Let’s talk about some situations that may cause a problem if you are camping in your backyard.

Quick list of: Things to consider for safety

  • Your Neighborhood
  • Unsafe Campfire
  • Climate
  • Survey Your Backyard
  • Mosquito and Bugs

Your Neighborhood

Make sure you live in a peaceful neighborhood with a low crime rate, if not, then make sure your backyard is safe and secure, and add some extra security if needed.

Most importantly, ask yourself this question, if you are safe or not, and let your mind do the thinking. Also, know about your neighbors and surroundings of your area.

Unsafe Campfire

As we all know, kids don’t usually care about their surroundings, so we have to make sure that they are safe and secure. Make sure campfire is safe for you, especially, make sure that all kids will be safe around a campfire.

Having a wood fire might not be safe, because if your kids are too small they will not care about anything other than having a lot of fun.

I will suggest you buy a gas fire pit, it offers many benefits like increased safety, No smoke, and no smoke-related disease.


Beautiful weather makes camping super fun but the bad weather does the opposite, so make sure you are aware of the weather in your area. To be fully aware of the weather watch weather forecast or install an app that will keep you updated about the weather.

The weather must be comfortable, please note if the weather is comfortable for you it doesn’t mean it will be comfortable for children as well.

Kids are more vulnerable to weather changes, so make sure kids are also comfortable, and you have the necessary clothing for kids to make them comfortable.

Survey Your Backyard

Before camping in your backyard, take some time and take a brief look at the backyard and surroundings. Make sure there isn’t anything that might be harmful or any tool that you may have forgotten in the backyard.

Kids like to run in the backyard, and you will be playing a lot of games as well, before having fun in the backyard, it is necessary to have a brief look.

Mosquito and Bugs

The mosquito can be very dangerous if you aren’t prepared for them, make sure you have sprays and other bug repellents, to secure the backyard.

I have also mentioned a natural mosquito repellent that you can use. The backyard shouldn’t have so many bugs and mosquito, make sure you take care of them before camping.


If the backyard camping is safe or not, it depends on your approach, it is your responsibility to make sure the safety of your family. Take the necessary precautions and stay safe and enjoy the backyard camping without being worried about anything.

Read this article briefly and make sure you consider everything before camping, camping is a fun and great way to spend time with your family. I hope this article helps you, so you can make your backyard camping experience great and memorable.

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