Get Ready For The Great American Backyard Campout on June 23rd!

Attention families! Mark your calendar on June 23rd for the annual Great American Backyard Campout. Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, an environmental organization founded in 1935, this event aims to reconnect kids with nature so as to instill a lifetime appreciation for the outdoors.

“Why camp?”, you may ask. Plainly stated, camping is fun! As kids, we have fond memories of sleepovers at our friends’ houses. But some of us also remember great nights spent under the stars, roasting marshmallows and telling stories around a campfire – cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Camping is an American tradition dating as far back as 1861, at the beginning of the Civil War, when Gunnery Camp was first established in Connecticut. Like the modern-day Great American Campout, it sought to encourage hiking, spending time outdoors and exploration of the natural world. And since then, camping has become a familiar part of the American landscape.
The camping experience can also nurture and strengthen bonds between families or friends. Imagine summers filled with campouts that include fishing, swimming or just having fun playing games. Perhaps such experiences may lead to annual reunions in the outdoors that include canoeing or kayaking trips or even hiking and backpacking excursions.

The purpose of the Great American Backyard Campout, then, is simply encourage folks to turn off the TV, shut down the computer and put aside the cell phone. Instead, set up that tent and pull out those sleeping bags along with fellow family members or friends. Gain hands-on experience by challenging yourself to learn some outdoor skills, such as basic first aid or how to start a campfire, which will prove useful for future trips. You will feel a sense of accomplishment and build confidence each time you learn a new task.

Whether in a park, campground, or even in your backyard, create your own memorable campout on June 23rd and become part of a great American tradition. Please go to Great American Backyard Campout to register and to find additional information.