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Summer CampingGreat American Backyard Campout

Families who camp all the time and families who are looking to camp for the first time may want to mark their calendars for Saturday, June 25, this year’s date for the Great American Campout.

Every June, on the fourth Saturday thousands of people across the nation gather in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities and parks for the Great American Campout. The event is sponsored by the American Wildlife Federation to encourage people of all generations to get outside and connect with the natural world. The program is designed to teach kids about the wonders of nature and inspire their interest in spending more time outside. To learn more, visit www.backyardcampout.org.

Explore camps online

The Mid Rivers Newsmagazine 2016 Summer Camps & Opportunities Directory, now online at www.midriversnewsmagazine.com, is a simple way to discover the great variety of summer programs in St. Charles County and beyond. There are descriptions of specialty, day and resident camps, plus links to camp websites.

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The American Camp Association [ACA] offers “Find a Camp,” a searchable database of more than 2,400 ACA-accredited camps. Visitors to the site can search for camps by camp name, type of camp, session dates/duration, location, activities offered, affiliation with a specific organization or culture, cost and other variables.

To access the database, visit www.acacamps.org and click on “Find a Camp.”

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CampPage.com features an online directory of camps throughout the U.S. and Canada and features a database of summer camp job openings. Parents and children looking for a camp to attend can search by camp type, camp activity and state/province. Those looking for a summer camp job can search for openings by state and also can submit a resume for distribution to camps currently hiring staff.

On the bookshelf

Parents who are interested in learning more about ways to share nature with their kids will find helpful tips from nature advocate Richard Louv in his book, “Vitamin N” [Algonquin Books, April 2016], available for purchase April 12.

Louv, author of the New York Times bestseller “Last Child in the Woods,” uses his latest book to promote the benefits people of all ages reap when they take time to look up at the stars or take a walk in the woods. The comprehensive guidebook provides inspiration for everyone eager to get back to nature, and includes hundreds of activities for children and adults, numerous informational websites, informative essays and practical advice for connecting with the natural world.

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