The year before last I gave Sam a tent for his birthday and it has sat in its original package since then. It's not that we haven't thought about using it, it's just, well, the Laney Factor. Taking her camping would be more like taking a high dive rather than dipping a toe. We also weren't sure that the boys wouldn't get scared in the middle of the night and want to go home; so, rather than let the tent sit for another year, the kids and I set up camp in the back yard for a boys only night. The boys hauled out all of their "babies" (stuffed animals) and set up house. They had a fantastic time, but their enjoyment was limited to one night...Sam said he had to get a night's sleep - he had slept with one eye open the whole night. After successful toe dipping into the world of camping, we just may take the plunge next year.