When I was asked to create a camping cartridge, I will admit, I was less than thrilled. This is mainly because I am most definitely NOT a camper. As I started illustrating the different animals you might see during your camping trip it hit me: "What if the animals were the campers?" Once I got to this point, then it became fun figuring out what each of the animals would be doing: a skunk stinking up the outhouse, a lazy frog catching flies with bug spray, an eagle that is a scout, a beaver that is collecting "fire" wood, etc. And then, just for fun, I had to through on Bigfoot (who has exceptionally large hiking boots).
What the packaging doesn't really showcase are the additional features on this cartridge: 50 merit badges and 50 signs & cards. For example the merit badge that coordinates with Bigfoot is a hiking boot and his sign says, "Bigfoot X-ing." The porcupine's merit badge is a fire and his sign says, "Can I have S'more?" And you may be wondering what happened to my initial animal illustrations? They all made the cartridge and are featured as 14 different "animal sighting" merit badges.