Planning a Backyard Campout

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Create a summer night to remember in your own backyard camping with the kids. This page is about planning a backyard campout.


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Claire Bush
August 29, 2008

When the idea of stargazing, s'more toasting and campfire singalongs beckons, but time and money are in short supply, consider a backyard campout. Before the long, lazy days of summer are over, plan for a memorable evening out in your own backyard by using the following ideas.

Resurrect your tent from the garage. If you don't have one, ask neighbors, friends or family instead of purchasing one, or check at the local Goodwill. Have the kids help you set the tent up to air out for a day or two prior to your campout to banish any musty odors. Have kids tote pillows and a blanket in lieu of sleeping bags, if needed.


Haul the backyard barbecue out of the garage (or use built-in BBQ or fire pit) and check your supply of charcoal and lighter fluid; you'll use this as a campfire. Keep the menu simple; hot dogs, baked beans and s'mores are all easy. Don't forget plastic containers of ketchup, mustard and relish, paper plates, napkins and utensils.

Remind everyone that electronic devices (cell phones, ipods, laptops, video games) are a no-no on a campout. Instead, bring a couple of board games and a pack of cards for amusement. When the sun goes down, tell stories and watch the sky for constellations.

Provide everyone with flashlights, and declare lights out after game and story times are over.

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January 17, 2008

When my husband and I bought a new travel trailer, we constructed a site pad from old bricks we had collected for many years for the travel trailer to be parked on; we used fluorescent paint to mark the bricks that the back wheels of the trailer should be parked on; we back filled the area with shale rock. A vacant area with two trees is next to the campsite pad.


We have converted that area into our campsite area. It was cleared out and bricks were laid around the perimeter of the area; bricks were laid around the two trees to outline the trees and also for signs to be placed to identify our camping area. A fire pit is in the center; a large bench is at the back of the campsite area that has railroad ties at the back to prevent the area from erosion. A large wooden spool that electrical wire was rolled on has been painted and will be used as a side table by the large bench; a small picnic table will be placed nearby the fire pit; chairs will be placed for comfort; a hammock will be placed outside the area on two existing posts.

We live in a rural area so the environment feels like we are at a campground. We can enjoy the area as a campground when we cannot take a trip in our travel trailer; plus we can use the travel trailer to sleep in after having our "camping" experience at our campground!

The "campground" area was my christmas gift from my husband this year; it is still under construction but I cannot wait to use it with our family!

By Wandajo from Tennessee

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