Family Adventure: Introduction to Family Camping

Date and Time

Friday, June 29, 2018 3:00PM - Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00PM


Cardigan Lodge,
New Hampshire, Lakes Region,


Registration is required for this activity.

(best time to call: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday)


Have you ever wanted to try out camping with the whole family but did not know where to start? Join us for an introduction to family camping. Friday afternoon we gather at Cardigan Lodge to collect camping supplies and venture (not too far) into the woods to set up a backcountry tent site. We will set up tents, head out for a hike, cook our meals on camp stoves and share camp stories before retiring to our tents for the night. We will follow techniques to Leave No Trace© of our visit, and share plenty of helpful tips to plan your own camping adventures in the future. Designed for families with children ages 6-10. Sample Itinerary The following is a general schedule - more detailed itinerary upon arrival. All programs/times are subject to change. Friday 3:00 p.m. - Check in and overview Gather camping supplies and walk to campsite to set up backcountry site 6:00p.m.Dinner at campsite - including food prep, cooking, and clean up camping style 7:00p.m. - Campsite activities and campfire or night walk Saturday 7:00 a.m. - Breakfast Day Hike around Reservation (options include the summit of Cardigan 5.2 miles round trip or Welton Falls 2.4 miles round trip) Dinner at campsite S'mores by the campfire Sunday 7:00 a.m.Breakfast at campsite Camp activities and games Pack up camp by noon

AMC Trip Policy


Starting at:

Adult: $159 member / $183 non-member
Youth: $49 member / $69 non-member
Child: $39 member / $59 non-member
*•Backcountry campsite at Cardigan on Friday and Saturday evenings •Meals: Friday dinner - Sunday lunch •Instruction and leadership by AMC Guides. •Use of tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cook ware, cook stoves, and daypacks

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Driving Directions

Address to enter into GPS: 774 Shem Valley Rd, Alexandria, NH 03222 (43.649° N, 71.876° W) From Greater Boston Area: 1. Take I-93 North to Rt. 104 West (Exit 23, New Hampton, N.H.). 2. Take Rt. 104 West for 6 miles to Rt. 3A North in Bristol, N.H. 3. Follow directions below from Bristol. From New York City, Hartford, CT, or western MA 1. Take I-95 North to I-91 North (Exit 48). 2. Take I-91 North through MA and VT to I-89 South (VT Exit 10S). 3. Take I-89 South to Rt. 4 East (NH Exit 17). 4. Take Rt. 4 East for 25 miles to Danbury, N.H. 5. In Danbury, take Rt. 104 East for 5.5 miles. 6. Turn left onto Cass Mill Road and go about 3.5 miles. 7. Turn right onto Washburn Road. 8. Cross a bridge, then take the first left onto Mount Cardigan Road. 9. Follow Bristol directions below, starting with number 7. From Bristol, N.H.: 1. Take Rt. 3A North toward Plymouth for 2.1 miles. 2. Turn left onto West Shore Road at the blinking light (Our Lady of Grace stone church is on the far left corner). 3. Proceed 1.9 miles and then go straight onto Cardigan Mountain Road where West Shore Road turns right. 4. Go 1 mile on Cardigan Mountain Road, then turn left onto North Road. 5. Go 1 mile on North Road, then right onto Washburn Road in Alexandria, N.H. 6. Go 200 yards and bear right onto Mount Cardigan Road. 7. Follow Mount Cardigan Road for 3.6 miles, and stay left at the intersection with Brook Road. 8. Take Shem Valley Road 1.5 miles to Cardigan Lodge (stay right at the fork in the road at 100 yards). For safety, please observe the posted speed limit of 30 MPH on these rural residential roads with gravel surfaces. Approximate driving times to Cardigan Times may vary greatly depending on driving style, traffic, and road conditions: • From Bristol, twenty-five minutes. • From Boston, two and a half hours. • From New York, six hours.

Children having fun during day hike.



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AMC Staff



Nearby AMC Destination

Cardigan Lodge






AMC Guides are passionate about the outdoors and have the skills necessary to ensure safe adventures. Certified in wilderness medicine, with focused training in outdoor leadership and risk management, guides provide individual attention while reaching group goals. They possess local natural and cultural history knowledge and solid backcountry skills, and they follow well-planned itineraries. As lifelong learners, AMC guides create the connections and moments that become lasting memories.