If you’re new to camping, there are some things that heighten your experience. Taking part in these activities and rituals allows you to see the beauty of Mother Nature and the joys of being outdoors and closer to the planet. Once you’ve had a chance to explore the campgrounds and area surrounding your campsite, you’ll be hooked on the Great Outdoors and ready for the next adventure.

Here are five things every camper should experience at least once in his or her lifetime:

1. Sleeping under a star-filled sky.

Who needs a nightlight when you have thousands of twinkling stars above to illuminate the way? If you want an experience that is like no other, you’ll find it under a star-filled sky.

2. Eating a real campfire-cooked S’more.

You can’t beat the flavor of a campfire-grilled treat. The marshmallow is perfectly browned. The chocolate is ooey, gooey, and melted. The graham crackers are crisp and delicious. If you want to know why there are so many S’more-inspired flavors on the market, it’s because it is a taste sensation like no other.

3. Snuggling into a sleeping bag with a good book and a headlamp.

Relive your blanket fort days by recreating the experience while camping outdoors. Enjoy the slower, more relaxed pace of life that nature provides.

4. Identifying flora, fauna, and wildlife by field guide.

Try your hand at seeing what is in the area. Try to identify it without a guide and then double check your response to see if it is accurate.

5. Spending time on the water by swimming, boating, kayaking or fishing.

Get a feel for what your surroundings look like and smell like by taking it all in. Every minute that you spend on the water is another chance to connect to nature fully.

Make camping the ultimate experience that you come to look forward to and enjoy each season. The Great Outdoors has so much to offer you and your family. Take advantage of everything that makes it unique and special by planning your next camping trip right away.