The Backyard Camping Sleepover type of event is common with youth groups, school class trips, things like leadership workshops for teens and just fun with friends. If the weather is nice, this is a fun time and teens really enjoy the 'freedom' of not being in the house. Parents can enjoy the quiet as well. Here are some tips to help make your teen's Backyard Camping Sleepover
- Borrow what you don't have from the families of the friends who will be attending. For instance, if you need more than one tent, ask your teen to ask their friends.
- Start the party or event with a barbecue first - so the teens are outside from the beginning to the end.
- Keep breakfast simple: muffins, donuts and juice works well.
- Keep your doors unlocked for the kids to use the facilities when needed.
- Ask the guests to bring their own sleeping bags and pillows.
- Make sure there are extra batteries for your flashlights, but warn the teens not to waste them.
- Have an area in the house prepared for sleepy teens to go to if there should be a storm in the middle of the night.
- If this is a birthday party, use flashlights for a party favor.
- This may seem like a no-brainer, but set up your tents before it gets dark.
- If this is a co-ed event, you will need chaperones to sleep outside as well.
- If you don't think you can trust your teen and their friends to stay in the backyard and not do things that are harmful to themselves, then this isn't the best party theme for your teenager.