So, the 4-yo boy is starting to ask about camping out, which to him means, in our back yard. I used to do a good bit of camping and boy scouts when I was young, but pretty much dropped it for other pursuits in middle school, so my array of gear is almost non-existent at this point. No need to jump into this too big yet, though... he's only 4. I'm thinking a tent and two sleeping bags in the back yard might get us thru this summer. Maybe two mess kits and a water jug for cooking by the fire pit. I have no disillusions that whatever gear we buy him (or myself) now is going to carry us through him making Eagle Scout, so I'm just looking for some basic mid-grade gear. A tent that might last us five or six years of a half dozen uses per year, and adult and child summer sleeping bags, to start. Suggestions? I was at Walmart yesterday, and saw the Coleman and Ozark Trail tents, which are astoundingly inexpensive, but maybe good enough? I remember my father and I did our first several camping trips (Indian Guides and Cub Scouts) in a really crappy little nylon two-man pup-tent. Our feet would always get wet where they'd touch the edge of the tent, but even so... we had a lot of fun.