National Backyard Campout encourages memory-making during quarantine

Updated: Apr. 17, 2020 at 7:30 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Trail Life USA, a boys adventure group, is encouraging all families everywhere to camp out in the backyard Friday night.

It’s the first-ever National Backyard Campout, encouraging families to “make memories” during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Trail Life USA describes itself as a “Christ-centered, boy-focused, character, leadership, and adventure organization,” with troops meeting at local churches nationwide.

“Our resourceful troops have held their meetings online for the past few weeks during self-isolating,” said Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life USA, which has more than 30,000 members in 830-plus troops across all 50 states. “But this is a time when cabin fever sets in and boys especially need to get outdoors in a safe environment.”

Organizers hope the National Backyard Campout will bring together families “virtually” across the nation via a live web broadcast, including story readings. Trail Life USA has posted suggestions for games, activities, and outdoor cooking recipes on its website.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said national event leader Steve Padgett. “This is a great opportunity for families to spend time together, and create memories and habits that will continue long after this homebound time is over.”

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