Unplug at the Great American Backyard Campout

by Sandra Foyt on May 26, 2012

in Outdoors with Kids

Memorial Day Weekend means that summer is not far behind. Long, lazy days of summer when kids stay outdoors from dawn to dusk.

If that isn’t your reality, maybe it’s time to register for the Great American Backyard Campout on June 23.

In the last two decades, childhood has literally moved indoors with kids spending more than seven hours per day in front of electronic media. A new report from Common Sense Media finds that more than half of all American children under the age of eight have access to one of the newer mobile devices at home, and nearly one-third have a TV in their bedroom. At the same time, the American Academy of Pediatrics has cautioned parents to limit their young children’s screen time.

Studies show that outdoor time helps children grow lean and strong, enhances creativity and attention spans, decreases aggression, and boosts classroom performance. Bottom line; healthier, happier kids.

Let’s Go Camping! Video

A night under the stars will help kids understand why it’s called the GREAT outdoors. As part of National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement, the Great American Backyard Campout lets kids explore a whole other world right in their own backyard, together with neighbors,with friends at a local camp ground, or at a large community camping event. For those looking to
camp beyond their own backyard, the Campout website helps locate organized Campouts across the country.

When you register your Campout on National Wildlife Federation’s web site you get helpful information to make your camping experience a fun one including campfire recipes, nocturnal wildlife guides, campfire songs and games, nature activities and much more. You’ll also be able to fundraise for exciting prizes.

To learn more, and to register for the Great American Backyard Campout, go to http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Great-American-Backyard-Campout.aspx.

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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