Great question! The Great American Backyard Campout was created by the National Wildlife Federation to help reconnect kids of all ages with nature and the great outdoors.
Embarking on its 9th year, the Great American Backyard Campout is part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement and is an integral part of our three-year initiative to get 10 million kids outdoors on a more regular basis.
Why Be Out There?
Because the nature of childhood is changing — there is not much nature in it. In the last two decades, childhood has literally moved indoors with kids spending more than seven hours per day in front of electronic media. Studies show that more than half of all American children under the age of eight have access to one of the newer mobile devices at home, and nearly one-third have a TV in their bedroom. At the same time, the American Academy of Pediatrics has cautioned parents to limit their young children’s screen time.
Studies also show that outdoor time helps children grow lean and strong, enhances creativity and attention spans, decreases aggression, and boosts classroom performance.
The National Wildlife Federation has taken up the charge to reverse the tide for this and future generations of children. The organization is dedicated to getting people of all ages back outside and in growing the future of conservation stewards all with the goal of preserving wildlife and the wide wild world that sustains and nourishes us.
The Great American Backyard Campout is a great opportunity for families and community groups across the country to take a break from their electronics and spend one night together under the stars. It’s a small commitment that you don’t even have to leave home for, and we guarantee your kids will make memories to last a lifetime.