Great American Backyard Campout June 28

Tuesday , 24, June 2014 1 Comment

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Camping can be fun!  I bet some of you are saying “Yeah, right!”  I know the feeling.  Honestly, I am a hotel staying gal now but back in the day I was all about overnight camping.  I grew up with parents that camped and grandparents that owned an RV.  I have done my fair share of camping and vowed when I got older to stay clear of roughing it!  Once I had boys, that all seemed to change.  I did not want them to miss out on the experiences I had as a child.  Our first camping experience together as a family was at a local park where we did it in style.  We tried glamping in teepees!  Now that was an adventure!

Saturday, June 28 the National Wildlife Federation will host the 2014 Great American Backyard Campout.  You may be asking yourself what exactly is that?   It is an effort by the National Wildlife Federation to get 10 million kids to spend regular outdoor time in nature.

Great American Backyard Campout has been around since 2005.  Since that time thousands of people across the United States have participated in this event, held the fourth Saturday of June, in support of Great Outdoors Month.  This event helps to connect people to the great outdoors while supporting the National Wildlife Federation’s effort to get kids outdoors.

The goal for 2014 is to have more than 200,000 people camp out.  For each person that participates in this year’s Great American Backyard Campout, the National Wildlife Federation’s Board of Directors have agreed to donate $2 (up to 400,000) in support of NWF’s wildlife conservation work.

Georgia has scheduled this event in honor of the Great American Backyard Campout!  For more information please follow this link.

Outdoor Activity Center ATLANTA, GA

WHEN: 06/28/2014 3:00 PM- 9:30 AM

Plans are underway for Atlanta’s 4th annual shared camping event organized by National Wildlife Federation.  Approximately 225 campers are expected overnight from 3:00 pm to 9:30 am.

Timeline of some of the planned activities is as follows:

3:00 – 6:00 pm: Registration, Family Photos, & Tent Set-Up

3:00 – 7:00 pm: Registered Families Visit Activity Stations & Information Booths

6:30 – 7:30 pm: Welcome & Dinner

7:30 – 8:15 pm: Night Hike/Owl Prowl

8:15 – 10:15 pm: Campfire and S’mores, Drumming Circle, African Storytelling, & Native American Dancing

10:15 – 10:40 pm: Return to Campsites & Nocturnal Insect Experience

Contact Information: Na Taki Osborne Jelks   osborne@nwf.org

 

I have put together a Pinterest board full of ideas for camping with kids.  Check it out!

I hope that you will consider pledging to participate in this year’s Great American Backyard Campout.  Your time will help make difference for America’s wildlife! It will be a win for everyone!

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