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Backyard Campout: National Wildlife Federation Makes Fun Easy

“I never knew spending the whole day outside could be so fun,” declared one gleeful 7-year-old daughter, hugging her dad. Families across the country have been gathering to pitch a tent, take a hike, spot wildlife and roast marshmallows around the campfire, topped off by a group stargaze. Getting ready to camp out is half the fun. And the National Wildlife Federation puts everyone in touch with every tip they need.

Browsing the organization’s website turns up tips for packing, camping with kids, erecting a tent, building a campfire and planning the menu. Suggested games and activities even extend to campfire songs. Options include signing up to join a larger group at a favorite campsite.

Find everything at; click on Ready to Camp.

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