Summer is almost here and with it the biggest camping day of the year. Folks flood from the city with their motor homes, campers, and tents. Since I have lived in a rural area for years I have seen them driving by on the highway. Even rural people love to plan a camping get together for family and friends and the barbeques and picnics are awesome. Compared to many vacations or weekend excursions the cost is minimal and doesn't have to cost much more than a tank of gas if you live close enough to the camping areas. If you don't want to deal with such big crowds weekdays can be much more peaceful. If you plan to stay at established campground make sure to make a reservation or you might find yourself with no place to stay. Above all bring the marshmellows.
If even a weekend trip is beyond your budget some of the most fun I had as a kid was sleeping in the backyard under the trees with my cat on the corner of the sleeping bag keeping guard all night. When my children were small my mother would invite them all over and they would all camp in the back yard. They didn't even realize they were not out in the woods until it was time to run in the house to use the bathroom.
Fun times and good memories don't have to cost a fortune.