I have taken my children camping many times, there is a lot of preparation that goes into it, but it will be worth it! Here are some tips:
1. Let you children help in the planning, preparation and packing for the trip, with supervision of course.
2. When you get to the campsite, give them things to do to help in setting up the campsite (appropriate for their age). Have them help you (if possible) setting up the tent.
3. Teach them how to safely built a fire, teach them how to use a compass, and basic first aid.
4. At night gather around the campfire, do fun things together like telling stories (they don't have to be scary) or singing.
5. Explain to them the importance of keeping a neat and clean campsite, and the dangers of wild animals. Explain that food and trash can attract these animals.
6. Go on a nature walk, point out flora and fauna of the area. Teach them how to respect nature.
7. Watch for birds, see if you can identify the varieties.
8. If you have small children give them glow sticks to hold at night (this will help if they are afraid of the dark).
9. If you are near a pond or lake, take them fishing, teach them how to bait their hook.
10. And last take the camera and plenty of film and batteries, you are sure to have to Kodak moments you will want to capture to remember what a great time you had!