Gear Up: The Great American Backyard Campout Is June 26

Happy Memorial Day weekend! This holiday, often considered the unofficial kickoff of summer, leads us right into June—which means the Great American Backyard Campout is around the corner!

Why camp this summer?

Have you ever roasted marshmallows? Do you remember catching fireflies? When’s the last time you stargazed? National Wildlife Federation’s 6th annual backyard campout event is an easy way for families and children to connect with nature and create new memories of outdoors experiences.

Participate in the Great American Backyard Campout

Campers-to-be register their backyards, neighborhoods, favorite campgrounds or select public campouts at Once you sign up, you’ll get resources such as camping tips, campfire songs, packing lists and activities. The website also provides fundraising support—a camper’s donation boosts the Be Out There movement which helps reconnect American kids with the outdoors.

Camping outdoors with family and friends—even just outside your front door—helps promote happier, healthier children. We hope you’ll join us on June 26 for NWF’s annual Great American Backyard Campout. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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