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The Green Life: Getting Kids Outside: Backyard Camping

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June 30, 2009

Getting Kids Outside: Backyard Camping

Backyard camping Nature-deficit disorder is common among our young people. How can you ensure that your kids don’t end up with it? This week’s tips tell you how to get your kids away from the video games this summer, and out into nature instead.

Tip #2: Camp in the Backyard

The easiest place to get kids outside is literally in their own backyard. Help them set up a tent earlier in the day, pull out the sleeping bags and a flashlight at sunset, and encourage them to sleep in it for the night (stay with them if they’re too young to stay alone, or if they want you to). Comment on the brisk night air, the moonlight and stars, and nature’s after-dark sounds. Watch this video for more backyard-camping ideas.

If you don’t have a backyard, head to the nearest park where it’s legal to set up a tent for an overnight adventure.

Tell us: What are your tips for backyard camping?

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