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Meet the happiest little campers… (plus tips for camp clothing for kids)

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So we love camping. The tent-camping kind with dirt, and firewood, and trees, and real fire, and marshmallows all gooey till you wonder why did we think S’mores was a good idea anyway?

(I confess to a secret longing for a pop-up camper so I can have a “ready-to-go” homeplace everywhere we travel)! But that’s another story!

When Gymboree sent a complimentary gift card to check out their fall fashions, I was thrilled to see the Camp Yosemite collection for baby boys! (I’m so happy BOTH my boys are still in the “baby boy” sizing !).

Here’s the full lineup of what I got the boys – you will not believe the cuteness of matching socks, underwear, hoodies, jeans… all sturdy, quality clothing with adorable applique motifs!

Now… meet the happiest little campers… and the best dressed too! (tips for camp clothing for kids below the photos!).


1. LAYER, LAYer, Layer, layer… Camping in the fall especially brings on chilly mornings, warm afternoons, and cool evenings. Your kids will have clothing on-off-on. So set them up with layers right out of the gate, er tent! I love to layer a plain t-shirt or onesie under a long-sleeve t-shirt, then throw a fun striped hoodie on top.

2. Bring socks. I know, the kids will want to wear their flip flops all day long but… at breakfast and night time, their little tootsies will chill out, literally. Time to pull on some cute socks!

3. Lined pants. Because it’s hard to layer the bottom half, I love the jersey lined pants by Gymboree, just an added layer of warmth for kids during this transitional time of year.

4. Accessorize. (Okay, matching underwear is not essential but, it’s cute). What I really mean is, bring your hats and gloves. You may never need them. But if you do, you’ll SO wish you had them!

Oh, incidentally, these tips would work just as well at the school bus stop as at the campsite!

Gymboree clothing always catches my eye because of their coordinating collections for each age group. Plus, knowing their clothing holds up well for hand-me-downs … well that just earns Gymboree an extra merit badge in my book! Happy fall shopping, mamas!

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AEKZ2August 26, 2013 - 9:05 pm

My daughter loves anything with bling!

Stormy RanewAugust 26, 2013 - 5:35 pm

My daughter is 2 and loves anything with animals on them and loves gymboree!

Amanda SakovitzAugust 26, 2013 - 2:53 pm

This would be for my niece! She is four and she is very girly which I love. She is fun to shop for :)

Terry CrossAugust 26, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Their style is simple, t-shirts and jeans mostly. Shopping is done for now but they will need winter clothes in a few months

Francine AnchondoAugust 26, 2013 - 2:09 pm

My daughter loves purple and bright colors clothes. She loves dresses .

Lisa GarnerAugust 26, 2013 - 1:03 pm

My youngest son love all things skateboard and basketball related and wants to dress in clothing that reflects that.

Brei H.August 26, 2013 - 10:38 am

My son is laid back, doesn’t like jeans very much and no tags on his clothes! We have bought a few sweatshirts for B2S do far, could use some tees and pants.
Thanks for the giveaway!

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Jill LAugust 25, 2013 - 9:10 pm

We’ve been having too much fun camping and taking road trips to do too much back to school shopping. My daughter still loves wearing dresses and Gymboree is a good place to find clothes for her.

Lin GorenkoffAugust 25, 2013 - 8:14 pm

My daughter has always loved cute shoes and pretty dresses.
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JPAugust 25, 2013 - 12:38 pm

My kids could use some new fall clothes. I would love to go fall camping, but we really need a new tent first! Thanks. -JP

Rhonda GAugust 25, 2013 - 6:29 am

My oldest granddaughter started back to school a couple of weeks ago, and needs fall clothes. The other 3 grandbabies could use some as well. :)

Candice HullAugust 25, 2013 - 12:35 am

My oldest son is starting kindergarten and he loves preppy styles. He loves to wear his fedora and boat shoes. My youngest just turned 3 and he loves to wear mixed patterns, rain boots and aviators with his little faux hawk hair. We will definitely go camping this fall when it drops out of the triple digits

Becca WilsonAugust 24, 2013 - 10:17 pm

My son’s style is very laidback and simple. We will be using the giftcard to go back to school shopping!
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Jill MyrickAugust 24, 2013 - 1:16 pm

We are back to school shopping. My son loves comfortable clothing much like the Junior Linebacker collection at Gymboree.


ReggieMannAugust 24, 2013 - 12:36 pm

My niece’s style would be the Girls Sparkle Kitty collection

Lynda ThomasAugust 24, 2013 - 11:12 am

Definitely need some fall clothes for my big boy, the little guy has everything he needs. :) They both like to be preppy/casual for the most part. Although I’m sure if I would let my 4 year old son wear a suit every day, he would be beyond thrilled. He says it makes him “look stylish”. Lol!

AlyshiaAugust 23, 2013 - 9:24 am

I love the my middle name is ninja out fit for my son for prek!

latanyaAugust 23, 2013 - 9:24 am

for fall and for school

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Brandi PriceAugust 22, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Hope to be Fall camping this year. Little one isn’t old enough for school yet!

Olivia HamiltonAugust 21, 2013 - 3:12 pm

My daughter is supper girly. Pinks, purples, and glitter is all her! Thanks for a chance!

Lynn BAugust 21, 2013 - 12:33 am

I love dinosaurs on shirts for my little guy! He loves anything orange!

JR FrugalmomAugust 20, 2013 - 11:57 pm

My baby girl’s style is a mix between Island Lily and Unicorn Garden. Lots of breezy summer dresses all year round…

Jenn McClearnAugust 20, 2013 - 4:05 pm

my boys style is pretty casual lots of jeans and t shirts and some khakis and button up shirts, they are 4 and 2 so still too young for school

Laura JacobsonAugust 20, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Oh Carter loves any clothes sports related! Loves basketballs or footballs on his shirts!

Stephanie LarisonAugust 20, 2013 - 5:02 am

My daughter is a tshirt and jeans kind of girl. I love their tshirt collection.

golden stormAugust 19, 2013 - 11:11 pm

my grandson loves clothing to do with teenage mutant nija turtles or dinosaurs and my grand daughter loves clothing with peace signs on them

Julie GoetzAugust 19, 2013 - 2:25 pm

My daughter wears girlie clothes. She has a lot of pink and purple. I am a fan of the yellows.

JulieAugust 19, 2013 - 12:20 am

His style is comfy cool. Usually wears sweats or shorts and a t-shirt.

ChellyAugust 18, 2013 - 10:58 pm

We always going camping in the fall! About 8-10 days every October/Sept. We really look forward to it.

Lily IveyAugust 18, 2013 - 7:05 pm

My oldest daughter is starting 1st grade. She definitely loves clothes and we just did some back to school shopping at Gymboree last week during our tax free weekend. She picked out some adorable outfits.

Cynthia CAugust 18, 2013 - 7:01 am

My nephew likes casual and comfortable clothing. He enjoys sports and likes to be able to move around easily in his clothes.

Jessica FortnerAugust 18, 2013 - 5:31 am

Back to school shopping for my oldest and playwear for my youngest. :)

Karen A.August 17, 2013 - 9:24 pm

One granddaughter likes stuff with peace signs and flowers. Another granddaughter likes anything rock n roll and another granddaughter loves any type of animal print.

Nicole LancasterAugust 17, 2013 - 5:30 pm

I am doing back to school shopping right now. My daughter’s style is very girly. Lots of dresses.

abby carawayAugust 17, 2013 - 5:05 pm

this would be for my granddaughter that is due October 1st. Seems like my daughter is picking out all mini me outfits!

Karen PropesAugust 17, 2013 - 1:37 pm

My Granddaughter loves the just hang out style. She usually just grabs some of her favorite clothes when she getting ready for schooly house. She loves to dress up and primp and enjoy all the comments. Loves twirly skirts and dress up. But she loves to go camping and will wear clothes to cover up and not get bitten by those pesky bugs. Love Gymboree they have really unique styles for every personality.
Thanks for the chance.

HelgaAugust 17, 2013 - 1:25 pm

I am shopping for my nephew’s school clothes.

trixxAugust 17, 2013 - 1:19 pm

My daughter always wants to wear pretty dresses to be like a princess

Jennifer T.August 17, 2013 - 12:30 pm

My daughter likes bright colors especially purple. Otherwise, she’s willing to wear almost anything.

Samantha VermeulenAugust 17, 2013 - 12:51 am

No back to school shopping yet because my kids are home with me. Their style is Florida casual. Tshirts and cargo shorts every day!

katie ashleyAugust 16, 2013 - 8:40 pm

My son is too young for school but I love Gymboree clothes.

candiceAugust 16, 2013 - 7:59 pm

I like the Shark Patrol line.

nikki bAugust 16, 2013 - 7:59 pm

hes stil young for school but hey u can always have him ready!

aprilAugust 16, 2013 - 7:19 pm

My kids are outdoorsy, so we do lots of cargo shorts/pants, cotton t-shirts, and trail shoes.

Lisa LAugust 16, 2013 - 5:43 pm

My son’s style is all about comfort! He likes jeans and a t-shirt the best

Nicole VosburghAugust 16, 2013 - 5:16 pm

My little guy is still a bit young for school, but I still loving dressing him in everything Gymboree!

AllieAugust 16, 2013 - 3:39 pm

We like bright colors and animal print
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Hannah AveryAugust 16, 2013 - 2:53 pm

Your boys look adorable! Love the photo props too! I really love the Beaver sweater from Gymboree

Crystal FAugust 16, 2013 - 1:54 pm

My youngest daughter is into comfy clothes. I think this year will be the year that she starts noticing what others wear though. Her sister is obsessed about clothes so I know it’s going to get passed down. lol Thank you!

Kitty IecvanAugust 16, 2013 - 11:43 am

I Like the Bonjour Paris clothes!

Thomas MurphyAugust 16, 2013 - 10:55 am

I have started back to school shopping and my son has a skateboarding style.

Deb SAugust 16, 2013 - 10:31 am

My son’s style is kinda like the Black Belt in Awesome.

Jessica SnowAugust 16, 2013 - 3:40 am

I love the Baby & Me Elephant Collection.
Thanks for the giveaway! =)

Crunchy Beach MamaAugust 15, 2013 - 9:02 pm

Super Cute outfits you picked! And a great job with your props!

mickeyfanAugust 15, 2013 - 7:57 pm

My kids are out of school and the grands are too young. This is a blissful time!!!

Jessica B.August 15, 2013 - 6:09 pm

We go for comfort at our house. I will be shopping for fall hoodies and sweaters for my sons.

TarahAugust 15, 2013 - 2:24 pm

My sons dress pretty “preppy” I suppose. I need to get some more pants and long sleeved shirts – we’re running low this season! I like the Forest Fun outfit!

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Tari LawsonAugust 15, 2013 - 7:33 am

Definately need to do some back to school shopping. My son likes comfortable clothing.

lola davidsonAugust 14, 2013 - 8:40 pm

i am excited about the halloween costumes. that is my favorite holiday and i am giving birth to our first child, a girl, in october. all clothes are cute for little girls

Betty BaezAugust 14, 2013 - 1:52 pm

My boys like to wear character tees and cargo pants!

Tanya WhiteAugust 14, 2013 - 1:48 pm

I like the Sparkle Kitty outfit.

JenniferAugust 14, 2013 - 1:40 pm

i love the fall camping and the dinosaur academy collections

Heather MAugust 14, 2013 - 1:24 pm

Most of the BTS shopping is done, THANKFULLY!! But a Gymboree certificate would greatly help us out! I find out the gender of baby #3 on Monday and then my son could use some more fall clothes.

MichelleAugust 14, 2013 - 11:39 am

We will be doing some of both!

Trisha W.August 14, 2013 - 9:28 am

I back-to-school shop in bits and pieces. This week is the big registration week.

tammy sheltonAugust 14, 2013 - 9:14 am

I love the Camp Yosemite Collection for boys. I have two grandsons and it’s just so perfect for them!

KatherineAugust 14, 2013 - 7:54 am

Mine are into jeans and hoodies right now

Carrie PhelpsAugust 14, 2013 - 4:50 am

I had planned to do some summer camping with my grandchildren but between the heat waves and the downpours it never came to be so I definitely do plan to fall camp with them this year.

Anne PerryAugust 13, 2013 - 11:30 pm

Cute!! I love the tent!! We made smores on our patio the other night. We need some jeans.

Amanda AlvaradoAugust 13, 2013 - 9:40 pm

I love all of their dresses! Unfortunately (for me at least…not for our wallets though), dd will be wearing uniforms so I don’t know what I am going to do about my dress and shoe shopping addiction! Even their shoes have to be SOLID black – no color at all! :-(

Colleen MaurinaAugust 13, 2013 - 5:16 pm

He likes his clothes comfortable and easy going. He likes anything with a train or construction vehicles on it.

LorianneAugust 13, 2013 - 4:42 pm

My son is cool and casual. He likes stuff that’s loose and comfortable!

Monica PelletierAugust 13, 2013 - 3:29 pm

We’ve gotten a lot of hand me downs from cousins but as my son gets older, the hand me downs are more worn out so we’re always on the hunt for cute things. Big fan of Gymboree!

Olivia RubinAugust 13, 2013 - 3:01 pm

This would be for my niece who will be enrolling in full time daycare at 3months. She will be the littlest Fashionista at school

vickie couturierAugust 13, 2013 - 2:54 pm

we are back to school shopping the oldest has out grown everything,but they like simple an are not in to name brands just yet they like anything with jets,monsters or power rangers on it

Jennifer RAugust 13, 2013 - 2:32 pm

My son loves shorts and tees the most so I think he would love the Shark Patrol collection for boys.

carolaAugust 13, 2013 - 1:41 pm

My kids’ style is cute and comfy. I actually just came back from peeking into our Gymboree … their clothes are so cute! If I could I wouldn’t have a problem to dress both kiddos in their clothes … but my wallet sadly does not agree with that! ;)

CatherineAugust 13, 2013 - 12:55 pm

The boys and I just went “back to school shopping” last week at our local Joann fabrics. :-) We purchased fabric for me to make a number of pants and some flannel pullovers for our 4 year old for the fall. Our 2 year old will have many of his brother’s old clothes, but we did get fabric for a few things for him, as well. They’re both so hard to fit that it’s nice to be able to tailor clothes to them…not to mention it’s fun for me!

Anna C.August 13, 2013 - 12:21 pm

My daughter loves clothes period. She will one day wear a dress and then next day wear a pair of basketball shorts and a tank top. My son is easier… the pants have to have pockets to stick things in. We are buying back to school clothes for my daughter and my son needs clothes to play in. We are planning on going camping Labor Day weekend though.

Ashley SuzanneAugust 13, 2013 - 11:41 am

Well, you know that I don’t have children, but I recently received a gift card from Gymboree and I bought a good bit of unisex clothing and plush toys, for when my future children do come : )

Sandy VanHoeyAugust 13, 2013 - 11:32 am

One of my grandchildren started back to school last week so he is pretty much set. The other 8, they start in September so not totally ready with them as of yet

FarideAugust 13, 2013 - 10:43 am

Both my boys wear uniforms to school but I love the Unicorn Garden collection for my little girl.

JeanAugust 13, 2013 - 9:25 am

My oldest is girly hipster, with a strong emphasis on comfort. My little one, who is three, is big into girly, twirly, fancy clothes. We will be shopping for school and daycare.

Tanaya S.August 13, 2013 - 9:00 am

Fall is our favorite time to camp. I am going through laundry now to start getting ready!

Janet W.August 13, 2013 - 8:35 am

We’ve been doing lots of back to school shopping lately. My grandson loves graphic tees with dinosaurs or cars.

MeganAugust 12, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Such a great post- great tips and really cute outfits from Gymboree!

JoyAugust 12, 2013 - 1:47 pm

I’m back to school for my son. He’s long and lean so finding pants long enough for him is such a challenge

ColleenMarieAugust 12, 2013 - 11:13 am

I bought my daughter the Floral Button Pocket Coat with my gymbucks a few weeks ago. for back to school! It will be a few months before she needs it but I like to be prepared!

Wendy KaufmanAugust 12, 2013 - 10:33 am

We will be doing a little bit of both, I think. We got a lot of the camping line from Gymboree and I just love the new Ninjas!! Oh, who am I kidding. There are very few things from Gymboree that I don’t like!
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KerriAugust 12, 2013 - 10:26 am

My girls love a little sparkle while I love a little classic. That is why Gymboree works for us!
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brynnAugust 12, 2013 - 9:06 am

I love the owl clothes the most :) too cute!

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