Monday, June 3, 2013

You’re Invited! Great American Backyard Campout

Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a first-timer, summer is the perfect time for a backyard campout adventure.

To give you a little encouragement, you’re invited to a backyard campout party! That’s right – the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is hosting its annual Great American Backyard Campout on Sat., June 22, 2013.
Great American Backyard CampoutThe Great American Backyard Campout is a one-night event held across the nation to encourage kids of all generations to connect with nature. You can camp out with just your family, invite friends along or join a team in your community. Registration is free and you can participate even if you camp on a different night.

Note: Although there is no cost to participate, campers are encouraged to raise $100 to support NWF programs that help America’s kids to switch screen time with green time.

Get ready!
I’m guessing you first-timers might be a little worried about taking the babes camping. “What equipment do I need?” “Will the kids actually sleep?” “Will we?” “What will we do all evening?” Relax! I’ve got you covered!

Family camping tips

We’ve camped out in our backyard three summers in a row and I’m here to tell you it can be done! It can even be fun! Here are a few things I’ve written that I hope can help:
The NWF is also here to help. Don’t miss its “Camping With Kids Made Easy” chat on Facebook on Wed., June 12, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. PST. During the chat, you’ll find out what materials to bring, how to get kids exciting about camping, delicious recipes for a campfire and outdoor activities perfect for a campout.

So no more excuses – this is the summer you’re going to do it! And seasoned campers, why not invite some newbies to join you on your next camping adventure?

Note: I am not affiliated with the National Wildlife Federation and will not profit in any way from your participation in the Great American Backyard Campout. I’m sharing this event with you because I think it’s a great way to get kids and families out and into nature.


  1. Our backyard is on the street (more of a side yard), so we may need to head into the woods for this one. Fortunately, I consider all the mountains and rivers around here "my backyard." Thanks for your good work in encouraging people to get out!

    1. Thanks, Mel. I know you guys are expert campers, but I do hope some newbies test the waters in their backyard this summer.


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