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This summer was our first camping experience with the children. Having once been camping addicts, my hubby and I decided that 5 years was a long enough sabbatical. At 2.5 and 4.5, we were hopeful that they keep their cool sleeping with the toads and crows.

I must say that the kids were champs. We brought a canoe (highly recommended) and s’more ingredients (be sure to pack some washcloths), and I think it made it all gel. When we were at Nickerson State Park, my daughter woke up in the middle of the night, complaining that the frogs were too loud, which CRACKS me up considering we live in Boston and they sleep through police car sirens, drunken college students trying to find their car, and car alarms and horns like we lived on the LA turnpike. But croaking frogs, forget it.

In case you live in the Boston area, or want to take a camping trip with the kiddies somewhere in Massachusetts, I highly recommend these sites: Beartown State Forest, which is in western MAs, on the NY border, and Nickerson State Park, on the Cape. Now, these are state forests, ya’ll, so there isn’t any of those concrete slabs of RV madness; nor are there video game rooms or planned activities for the kids. If that is what you’re looking for, you’ll have to search yourself. We loved these camping sites because they were quiet (except for us), woodsy (we slept to the sound of a choir of frogs), right by the water, and just tents, my friends, just tents.

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