Take Your Family Cookout to the Next Level

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and whether the father(s) in your life prefer the indoors or the out, there is one place most find comfort: the backyard grill.

Perhaps it’s a primal instinct to provide food for the family, or maybe it is the thrill of standing over an open flame (insert caveman chest punching…and grunt), but summer and dads and grill aprons (albeit manly aprons) go together like, well, summer and barbeque. It’s not too difficult to coax fathers outside when warm weather arrives, but oftentimes the rest of the family stays inside while dad tends to the grill.

It’s time we turn this American tradition into an opportunity for the family as a whole to get outside and spend time together.

For the 9th year in a row, National Wildlife Federation is asking families across the country to swap screen time for green time and join us for the Great American Backyard Campout. This year, we are specifically calling on families to take their backyard cookouts to the next level by turning it into a backyard campout. The event’s official date is June 22, but the invitation to spend a night under the stars with your family is a standing one.

It may sound like a daunting task to go from cookout to campout, but NWF is here to show you just how easy and fun it can be without having to leave your own backyard. Throughout the week we will be blogging information about how to fill this summer with memories of camping out as a family in the great outdoors.

To register your own campout or to search for an event near you to join, visit www.backyardcampout.org/

Mary Price

Mary Price is a proud Midwesterner originally from Indianapolis, IN. She currently works as a Communications intern for the National Wildlife Federation in Washington D.C. Mary grew up in Indiana and attended Marian University in her home state majoring in English Literature.

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