Great American Backyard Campout – This Saturday!

Great American Backyard Campout

This Saturday, June 22, 2013 is the “Great American Backyard Campout” organized by the National Wildlife Federation.  The idea for the Campout is simple:  on Saturday (or another night that is better for you), pitch a tent in the backyard, or setup your ENOs, and sleep out under the stars with your kids.

Doing so gives you an opportunity to spend time doing something different together, unplugged from Kindles, TVs, laptops, iPhones, and all the other “screens” that now occupy the majority of our time these days.  According to the Campout website:

“The nature of childhood has changed. There’s not much nature in it. The American childhood has moved indoors during the last two decades, taking a mental and physical toll on today’s kids. But you can help change this trend. Think how good you’ll feel giving your children the benefits of spending more time outdoors, providing them with memories to last a lifetime…”

You can register your participation in this event on the GABC website or, just pitch a tent and let the fun begin.  You can also visit the Backyard Campout Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

If you are a mom and have a teenage girl who isn’t into camping, here are some things you can do while the boys are roughing it:  13 Crafts for your Teen Girl from

Otherwise, I encourage you to join thousands of others in this fun and FREE initiative.  Your kids will thank you for it, and you’ll have a fun time too!

See you on the trail…

Backyard Campout

Last fall, Joe, Nitro and I spent an evening around our fire pit and in the new tent in our first backyard campout. We are looking forward to doing it again this weekend!


  1. Polly says:

    Sounds like fun! Camping AND crafting!

    • Joe's Dad says:

      It will be, you should get your kids and friends involved and write a post about it! The Great American Backyard ENO, haha!


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