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The kids have been off school for a while now, just long enough to say, "we're bored!" If left to their own devices, they'd be playing devices (video games, tv, ipads) all day. It's time to make them go outside to play and make up some non-digital fun!
Great American Backyard Campout!The National Wildlife Foundation is encouraging families to pledge to camp out this weekend in the Great American Backyard Campout! They're encouraging families to unplug and reconnect to nature.
But let's face it. We're not all the outdoorsy type. I've been a Girl Scout and a Girl Scout leader for years. I know that some people have it, and some don't when it comes to camping.
Bugs? Eeeeww! Latrines? Even if you could ignore the smell, there are probably giant spiders waiting to attack under that seat. Not showering for days, bathing in a lake or river? It's not for everyone.
It's also tons of work. Lugging everything to your camp site, setting up shelter, cooking over an open fire. Improvising, because you'll discover things you should have packed and dragged with you things you'll never end up using.
That's what makes the backyard campout a perfect solution. You have running water and indoor bathrooms. Bugs in a neighborhood backyard are rarely as big and scary as bugs in the woods or along a body of water. The wild life might be some birds, squirrels, and a bunny or two, instead of big hungry raccoons, bears, wolves, or mountain lions.
I challenge you to try it. And I've rounded up a bunch of simple ideas to help you keep the kids busy and make the most of your Backyard Camping adventure.
Let's go outside and have some free family fun!
Are You a Happy Camper?
If you love to camp, go vote for "Happy Camper" in our You Pick our July 4th Giveaway Prize blog post! We could be giving away a solar back pack, solar shower and a portable battery for your phone (aka: gps and camera)!
Things to do while camping:
Help Mother Nature
Essential Camping Equipment:When you're camping in the back yard you don't need much more than a place to sleep and a tent of some kind to keep the dew off. A tarp, stretched across the backs of a few lawn chairs, over your sleeping bags will do the trick.
The occasional camper would be better off renting camping equipment, but, if you love to enjoy nature's backyard, investing in some camping gear is a great money-saving idea. Here are some things to start collecting for your camping kit:
Top 10 Camping Equipment Musts:
There are lots of Sports and Outdoors deals with cash back on FatWallet to help you save some money.
Other Camping Essentials:
Are you going to join the Great American Backyard Campout this weekend? If you're an avid camper what is on your list of camping essentials?
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