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Great American Backyard Campout Month
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Join thousands of families across the nation gathering in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities and parks on June 22nd, to enjoy a night of camping for the Great American Backyard Campout, organized by the National Wildlife Federation. So get the family outside for a night of stargazing, marshmallow roasting and all around fun.

These days kids spend so much time on the internet playing video games, watching television and other online distractions that fewer and fewer kids are actually going outside to play these days. Only about 25% of American children now spend any significant time outdoors on a daily basis. Just two decades ago that number was actually 75%. By getting children to go outside we not only improve their health, but also help them build a solid respect for nature and wildlife.

Held during the month of June, the National Wildlife Federation hosts the annual Great American Backyard Campout, and the group is encouraging families to dust off the camping gear, unplug the screens, and get the family outside for a night of stargazing, marshmallow roasting and all around family fun.

Backyard campouts are great because they offer almost all of the fun of a wilderness camping trip without the hassle of travel and the fear that you are stuck in the woods if a disaster were to strike. Plus, you and your kids can enjoy family time and outdoor time without spending all of your time packing and unpacking and searching for a camp site.

People across the United Sates, will take part in the Great American Backyard Campout by huddling around a campfire and telling tall tales while singing camping songs and making delicious s'mores. And when they're ready to call it an evening, they'll slip inside their tents, crawl in a comfy sleeping bag and drift off to sleep with the sounds of nature all about them. Perhaps in doing so, they will develope a bit of love for the outdoors in themselves and when the time comes, their children too.

For more information, visit National Wildlife Federation

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