How to Help Your Kids Love the Outdoors

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Playing Catch

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1 | Playing Catch

Keegan, Conor, and father Greg Kuehl play a little catch outside during their camping man trip, during a stop at a friend's farm in Kentucky. It's all about the time spent doing things together.

(Bill Konway photo)

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Camping Man Trip

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2 | Camping Man Trip

Keegan, 9, Conor, 6, and dad, Greg Kuehl, spend a little time together at Broke Leg Falls in eastern Kentucky.

(Bill Konway photo)

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Hike

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3 | Hike

A short, but adventuresome hike together, beneath and behind the main falls at Broke Leg Falls in Eastern Kentucky, adds to a great camping man trip for the Kuehl men.

(Bill Konway photo)

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Clearing Land

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4 | Clearing Land

Conor Kuehl tries to manhandle a small tree, as the family clears some downed trees and brush along a logging road at a friend's farm in eastern Kentucky.

(Bill Konway photo)

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Tadpole Search

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5 | Tadpole Search

Conor Kuehl searches for tadpoles, or bugs, or any sort of treasure a 6-year-old can find in a creek in eastern Kentucky.

(Bill Konway photo)

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Brothers Bonding

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6 | Brothers Bonding

Keegan Kuehl, and his brother Conor, spend some time playing together in the creek, and unknowingly, maybe bonding a bit more.

(Bill Konway photo)

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Making S

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7 | Making S'mores

Making S'mores is always a part of any camping man trip, and Conor Kuehl leads the way in style and technique.

(Bill Konway photo)

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Bonfire

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8 | Bonfire

A bonfire is a centerpiece of any camping trip.

(Bill Konway photo)

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Fishing

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9 | Fishing

Dad, Greg Kuehl, offers a little help to son Conor, with his casting technique at a farm pond.

(Bill Konway photo)

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Muddy Shoes

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10 | Muddy Shoes

While most of the time spent is outdoors, leaving the dirty and muddy shoes at the door is one of the few rules.

(Bill Konway photo)

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Trigger Time

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11 | Trigger Time

What would a camping man trip be without a little trigger time? Taking careful aim, and observing all the safety rules, Keegan Kuehl gets a shooting lesson from his father Greg.

(Bill Konway photo)

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What is the secret that turns boys and girls to outdoorsfolk? Is it the area of the country they’re raised in? Nah, don’t think so. The food they eat, or vitamins they take? Probably not. The video games or the devices they play them on? Definitely not.

In the end, I believe that it’s all about time. A parent, or an adult in their life that goes to the trouble to put aside their personal schedules and agendas and just spends time with them. I really, really think it's just spending some time in the outdoors with kids.

Nature itself will provide the natural inquisitiveness to the child. They’ll have questions, about everything. You just have to do your best to answer them as best you can. You don’t have to know everything, but just take the time to consider their question and provide a thoughtful response, even if you have to tell them, “You’ll look it up at home.”  

A kid will likely be on to the next discovery before you have an answer anyhow. 

Try it sometime. Pull yourself away from work, or the game, or any of the multitude of things we as adults lose ourselves in, and spend a little time in the outdoors with your kid. They just might surprise you when one day, you notice they’ve actually become an outdoorsman or woman!

[Please check out the photo gallery to follow.]