{Be Out There} Great American Backyard Campout

by Leighann on May 31, 2010

Our love of the outdoors led me to become a National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There Founding Mother. We recently took the challenge to get outdoors every day for a week for at least one hour. Most days we far exceeded our hour. We used the challenge as an opportunity to slow down a little and spend quality time together. We even did a few things we hadn’t done since our daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

I think I’ve mentioned that we purchased a used pop-up camper last spring. Several weekends we headed to a nearby state park to spend the weekend. My husband and daughter would head down on Friday night and set up and my son and I would join them Saturday morning and spend the rest of the weekend with them. He was just barely two last year and I felt that two days and one night was enough for him. But this year I think he’ll do the full weekend. Not only that, but I wanted my husband and daughter to have a little time that was just theirs.

My daughter already has the itch to camp and has been asking when our first trip will be. This past weekend I was busy packing for our move and my husband took the kids to get them out of the house. On a whim they drove the hour to the state park to play at the playground and walk one of the trails.

We have a busy summer ahead with our big move in a couple of weeks, plus two sessions of swim lessons for each kid, and soccer and tennis for my daughter. But we’ll find the time to camp for sure.

Have you thought about camping in your own backyard?

Last year we kept our pop-up parked in our driveway in the back by our detached garage. I can’t count how many times we set it up so that my daughter and husband could camp in our own backyard.

It was like getting away without all the packing and prep work (not to mention that the clean bathroom was just a few steps away).

National Wildlife Federation wants to get you camping with the Great American Backyard Campout on Saturday, June 26 in your own backyard!

Our new neighborhood does not allow campers, etc. to be parked in driveways so hopefully we can find our tent and sleeping bags by June 26th. If not we will improvise and have a cookout, complete with s’mores.

Will you pledge to get outdoors and camp with the kids in your backyard on June 26th?

How do you balance diabetes and camping?

What’s your favorite camping snack and how many carbs does it have?

Do you have a funny (or not-so-funny) diabetes camping story?

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1 Monique May 31, 2010 at 11:39 am

I’m just now catching up on my blog reading, so didn’t see this until today. Ironically, and kids and I, and their cousin, camped in our pop-up in the driveway two nights last week while she was visiting. We bought it a few months ago in anticipation of a cross-country camping trip we’re taking in July (a month of camping!), have taken it camping twice, and it spends more time “up” in our driveway than down. The kids love sleeping out there, and so far it’s been cooler sleeping than in the house this spring. – Mo


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