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GREAT AMERICAN Backyard Campout

By Jackie Burrell
Thursday, June 26th, 2008 at 12:06 pm in Cuisine, Family Outings.

Campfire (Duluth News-Tribune/MCT) Quick, go find a tent! And some graham crackers and marshmallows too. The second annual Great American Backyard Campout, a National Wildlife Federation-sponsored family fest, is this Saturday night and you’ve got two options. Pitch a tent and fire up those s’mores — er, we mean, toast them till they’re golden perfection — in your own backyard or go join a group campout at a park near you.

Nearly 100 families are expected at the city of Oakland’s “Backyard Campout,” for example, at Joaquin Miller Park — and you could be there too. Stargaze with Chabot Space and Science Center experts, enjoy nature talks and storytelling, a magic show, campfire songs and so much more. The $8 registration includes parking, dinner, breakfast, snacks and activities. Need more info? Register for activity#92336.101 at, or call Oakland Parks and Recreation at (510) 238-7275.

Need backyard campout inspiration? Here are some of our favorite links for camping know-how:
Family Fun campout tips, recipes and songs
Scout-o-rama camping recipes
Boy Scout Trail camping recipes
Orinda Boy Scout Troop #237’s Dutch Oven recipes
Or click “comments” and add your fave there.

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One Response to “GREAT AMERICAN Backyard Campout”

  1. Brit Says:

    I served in the Army for 4 years and got tired of the bland MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat). I was looking for suggestions from others in regards to dehydrated packaged food for camping. I’m pretty close to being vegetarian (whatever that means) and I try to stick with the organic foods. So far my favorite Camping & Backpacking Food is Backpacker’s Pantry.

    I would like to hear what you guys have for a favorite. Maybe I’m missing my diamond in the rough.

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