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US: 10th Annual Great Backyard Camp Out in June. NationalCcamp Out DayConnecting kids and nature has become a national priority. And for parents planning a summer family vacation there is really no substitute for spending a summer night camping under the stars.
 
Stargazing and fireflies, dandelion wishes and acorn people, skipping stones and fishing, campfire stories and s’mores - campouts make memories for a lifetime. No two adventures will ever be the same but all will yield memories worth the effort. The fact is camping adventures may be enjoyed in many ways and as many locations. From the crazy fun of a Camp Jellystone vacation to a tenting spot under the stars in a national park or perhaps a state park with a yurt by the beach, camping with kids is an easy way to share the natural wonders of a state park, nearby camp ground, national wildlife refuge or your own backyard. Armed with bug repellent and sunscreen, a flashlight and a compass, a canteen of water and a magnifying glass – let the adventure begin.
 
Here’s the scoop. Here’s your chance to create memories that will last your kids a lifetime by taking part in this summer’s 9th Annual Great Backyard Campout. On June 28, families across the country will spend a night camping out under the stars in their own backyards, neighborhoods and local parks. 

The positive effects of daily, unstructured time outdoors on kids’ health are well-documented and wide-ranging. National Wildlife Federation encourages families and friends to Be Out There™ in order to give back to American children what they don’t even know they’ve lost—their connection to the natural world.

Registration is free. Camping with friends and family is a great way to get outside in the great outdoors. If June 28 th isn’t convenient for you, no problem! You can still be a part of this year’s Campout, support this movement and get all the camping tips and activities we have in store. Just register now and camp at a later date of your own choosing. National Camp Out Day June Family Fun

Participate in change. In a typical week only 6% of children aged nine to 13 play outside on their own. In addition to creating your own camp out tradition the National Wildlife Federation is working to change the habits of young children by switching screen time with green time. The funds raise will be used to make a difference. In fact 80 cents of every dollar raised for the Great American Backyard Campout will support programs that address the problem of America’s indoor childhood and the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Your funds are used to establish and maintain programs to make outdoor time a priority to protect children’s health and ensure their readiness to learn. 

Get camping tips. Whether you are a camping pro or new to pitching a tent, the Great American Backyard Camp Out website has everything you need to make your campout one to remember—from camp songs to games to recipes to camping tips.

Make it happen. Camping with family and friends or scout troops and classmates is a simple way to get your kids outdoors and involved in nature.  And it’s a guaranteed way to create a night or better yet a vacation to  remember. National Campout Day - Connecting kids with nature. Or for more great natural ideas view www.nfw.org

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