Thousands of families across the country will be pitching a tent on June 22, 2013 for the 9th annual Great American Backyard Campout, organized by the National Wildlife Federat
ion. This yearly event is part of a larger movement, Be Out There, which encourages families to reconnect with nature.
“Whether camping in the great outdoors or in their own backyard, the Great American Backyard Campout is the perfect way for families to make lasting memories and will give them a better understanding of why it’s called the great outdoors,” says Karoline Hurd, senior manager of events for National Wildlife Federation.
Be sure to check out the website which has great information such as packing lists, recipes, wildlife guides, games, Campouts by state (if you are looking for a large group to join), and more. Families will need to register on the site, and can even opt to raise funds for NWF and the Be Out There campaign.
Whether you’re a seasoned camping family or using the Campout for the first time to test out how your family likes the camping experience, it’s a way to slow down busy family schedules, enjoy being together, and appreciate the simple joys only nature can deliver.
The Great American Backyard Campout is especially important for kids because, for the first time in our country’s history; we have an entire generation that is growing up disconnected from nature. Spending time outdoors, like Campout, makes kids happier and healthier.
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