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Published on June 12th, 2013 | by Pat


Get Camping – In Your Own Backyard

Hot on the heels of the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the National Wildlife Federation is hosting its annual Great American Backyard Campout, this year taking place on Saturday, June 22. Always on the fourth Saturday of June, the Backyard Campout is an opportunity for participants of all ages and levels of camping expertise to reconnect with the natural world around them by setting up camp for one night in their backyard or nearby participating park or campsite.

The event — a part of NWF’s Be Out There program — is designed as a fundraiser to help support programming that encourages the 75% of today’s American children who do not get daily outdoor activity to get outside. For some eye-opening perspective, the statistics were reversed just a single generation ago: 75% of American children spent time outdoors every day.

Participation is free! Simply create a Team on GABC’s website, and invite your friends to join. The fundraising component is also optional, but all participants are encouraged to set a goal of $100 raised. 80-cents of every dollar raised will go toward youth outdoor programs. What’s more: even if you can’t participate on the 22nd, you can still go camping to raise money. Donations will continue to be accepted until July 31.

For more info on how to make your backyard into a campsite, visit

(Cover photo credit: Alec Couros, via Wikimedia Commons)




About the Author

is happiest when he's on the move, whether by foot, pedal, or some other form of alternative transportation. Hiking, biking, camping, and rock climbing demand his outdoor attention at all times. Now, as editor and contributor to, they demand his indoor attention, as well.

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