UNITED STATES (6/21/12) – A generation ago 75% of children were playing outside daily. Today, that number is down to 25%.
This Saturday, June the 23rd, thousands of families all across the United States are coming together to participate in the National Wildlife Federation’s (AWF) eighth Great American Backyard Campout.
The goal of this nationwide camping event is to encourage people of all ages to put down their cellphones for a moment and open their eyes to the comforts of nature. Too often are we consumed by email, computers, and video games, when there is a wealth of enjoyment right outside our back door. Relax under trees, enjoy cool breezes, lightning bugs, a campfire, and grass beneath your feet, while you bond with your family under the stars.
Not only does this event promote an active, healthy outdoor lifestyle but it also raises money, by means of individual fund-raising and donations, for the NWF’s youth programs.
Participants are encouraged to register, either as a team or individually, at the NWF website to help raise awareness for the cause. By signing up, you and your team will be able to share details, photos, or stories about your camping plans with other participants. Last year the NWF registered 175,000 participants, and more than $100,000 was raised for the organization.
To prepare for this years Great American Backyard Campout, the NWF has some tips on their website to assist those participating in planning. They offer camping tips, which include campfire safety, camping with kids, a suggested packing list, tent pitching information, wildlife safety instructions, and various weather related camping information. The site also offers ideas when it comes to campfire songs and stories, recipes, games, and activities.
Be a part of the Great American Backyard Campout and help set an example for today’s youth.
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