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By: Ellen Lampe

Great American Backyard Campout

Families who camp all the time and families who are looking to camp for the first time may want to mark their calendars for Saturday, June 23, this year’s date for the Great American Campout.

Every June, on the fourth Saturday, thousands of people across the nation gather in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities and parks for the Great American Campout. The event is sponsored by the American Wildlife Federation to encourage people of all generations to get outside and connect with the natural world. The program is designed to teach kids about the wonders of nature and inspire their interest in spending more time outside. To learn more, visit backyardcampout.org.

Participating in the Great American Backyard Campout – or planning your own family camping trip – is a great way to teach your children about camping before sending them off to a camp of their own. Not to mention, it’s a unique chance for one-of-a-kind family memories!

Explore camps online

The West Newsmagazine 2018 Summer Camps & Opportunities Directory is a simple way to discover the great variety of summer programs in West County and beyond. Browse descriptions of numerous specialty camps, day camps and resident camps, plus links to camp websites, sign-up and contact information.

CampPage.com features an online directory of camps throughout the U.S. and Canada and, for the older high school kids or those home from college for the summer, the site features a database of summer camp job openings. Parents and children looking for a camp to attend can search by camp type, camp activity and state/province. Those looking for a summer camp job can search for openings by state and also can submit a resume for distribution to camps currently hiring staff.

Get back to nature

Parents who are interested in learning more about ways to share nature with their kids will find helpful tips from nature advocate Richard Louv in his book, “Vitamin N.”

Louv, author of The New York Times bestseller “Last Child in the Woods,” uses “Vitamin N” to promote the benefits people of all ages reap when they take time to look up at the stars or take a walk in the woods. The comprehensive guidebook provides inspiration for everyone eager to get back to nature, and includes hundreds of activities for children and adults, numerous informational websites, informative essays and practical advice for connecting with the natural world.

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