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Adventure into the wild outdoors- A fun easy way for families to connect with nature, each other

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured

Published on June 19, 2019 with No Comments

This summer, connect with nature like the animals that call it home. Instead of a tent, imagine you’re drifting to sleep in a bird’s cozy treetop nest, or taking a snooze in a beaver’s cool, dark underwater lodge. Ready to hike? Picture yourself springing through the woods like a squirrel in search of your next snack.

The National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout™ is a summer-long celebration of exploring the wild outdoors through camping. Now through October 31, take the pledge to camp—in your backyard, neighborhood, or favorite local or national park; in a cabin, an RV, or even a treehouse—and be a part of the nationwide event.

Camping is a fun, easy way for families to connect with nature and wildlife. Today the average American child spends more than seven hours a day in front of an electronic screen, but as few as 30 minutes in unstructured outdoor play. Getting kids in nature is proven to reduce stress, improve sleep, and even lead to higher test scores, among other benefits.

The peak of camping season, Great American Campout Day, takes place Saturday, June 22—but you can camp all summer long by attending a public campout near youor hosting a campoutof your own. The Great American Campout is also part of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable’s Great Outdoors Montheach June, a month designated to highlighting the many kinds of outdoor activities that strengthen our bonds with nature.

So this camping season, gather the family to unplug, recharge, and reconnect with an adventure into the wild outdoors!

For additional outdoor fun, visit www.nwf.org/campout.

Host your own public campout.

And don’t forget your backyard can be the BEST campout spot of them all!

For camping themed activities:

• Alphabet Hike

• Search for Animal Houses

• Nature Scavenger Hunt

For additional outdoor activities, visit www.nwf.org/campout.

Listing of campsites in northern Indiana and Chicagoland

Whether your taste is in recreational vehicles, lodges, or tents, these areas have campsites. Following is a list of area camping facilities, along with locations and websites for additional information.

• Indiana Dunes National Park, 1100 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter; www.dunesnationalpark.org

• Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. 25 E., Chesterton; www.indianadunes.com

• Michigan City Campground, 1601 U.S. 421; https://michigancitycampground.com

• Camp Sullivan, Oak Forest, Ill.; fpdcc.com/camping/camp-sullivan

• Camp Bullfrog Lake, Willow Springs, Ill.; fpdcc.com/camping/camp-bullfrog-lake

• Rupert’s Resort Campground, western shore of Lake of the Woods near Bremen in Marshall County; www.rupertsresortcampground.com

• Potato Creek State Park, surrounding Worster Lake in St. Joseph County, 12 miles south of South Bend; www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2972

• Twin Mills Camping Resort, located in Howe in LaGrange County; www.twinmills.net

• Elkhart County/Middlebury KOA, located near Shipshewana; https://koa.com/campgrounds/elkhart-co/

• Hoffman Lake Campground, located near Warsaw in Kosciusko County; www.hoffmanlakecampground.com

Everything you need to know about camping 

So you want to go camping? There is a lot to know about how to go camping, but it does not have to be complicated. Get started with the camping basicsand learn about how to go camping with these simple steps and lessons.

The following tabs will present you with basic camping lessons that address the premises for enjoyable camping: setting up camp, managing a camping kitchen, how to get a comfortable sleep, cooking delicious meals at the campground, outdoor activities, breaking down your campsite, and storing your gear.

Making Your Bed

Whether you are tent camping or sleeping outside under the stars you need to put something between your torso and the cold hard ground. Learn how to make your camping bed and not wake up with a sore back.

More About Bedding

Sleeping pads are just one solution to sleeping on the ground while camping. You’ll want a layer of comfort between you and the hard ground, but there are other alternatives to sleeping pads. Learn the alternatives to sleeping on the hard ground.

Sheets, Blankets, And Pillows

For many campers, the standard sleeping bag will be the primary camping bedding, but to minimize buying camping gear you can take regular bed items to the campground: sheets, blankets, pillows, comforters, and quilts. Learn how to add the finishing touch to your campground bed without buying any new gear.

Campsite Shelters
If you are sleeping outdoors you’ll need a camping shelter, which is usually a camping tent. Tents today come in all shapes and sizes to meet a variety of camping needs and weather situations. There are more ways than a pitching a tent to get a shelter over your head. Learn how to put a roof over your campground bed.

What Kind Of Tent?

Tents come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties; from the high-tech models used by mountain climbers to the multi-room cabin tents made for fair weather family camping. Choose a tent for your style of camping.

Staking The Tent

To understand the adverse effects that wind can play on a tent, one need only look at a tent from an aerodynamic perspective. The consequence of wind blowing across the dome shape of a tent is not unlike that of air passing over the curved wing of an airplane, namely lift. And this lift is the main reason why you need to stake your tent. Use the right stakes for the terrain.

Setting Up Camp

Once you’ve arrived at your campsite and check out the area to see where to set up your campsite.

Now We’re Camping
What comes next after setting up camp? The fun stuff. Enjoy the great outdoors, learn how to cook over the campfire, and relax.

Dealing With Outdoor Pests

Yep, there are bugs and animals that can be pests at the campground. Learn how to deal with pest and take precautions against insects and other bothersome critters.

Cozy Campfires

There’s no better way to end the day at the campground than around the campfire. You’ll want to have a safe and effective campfire. Learn the basics on how to have a campfire.

Leave No Trace

The golden rule of camping is to leave no trace. All it takes is a little effort to ensure that you leave the campsite as clean as you found it, or even better. Have no impact on the environment and keep a clean campsite.

Kitchen Duty

Everything tastes better in the great outdoors, but a camping kitchen is only as good as it is clean. Since you are preparing meals in the outdoors, you’ll need to take extra precautions to keep a maintained camp kitchen. Respect wildlife and don’t feed the animals.

Gear Storage

The final step in a camping trip is putting your camping gear in storage after the camping trip is over. You’ll want to do this properly to make packing on your next trip easy and simple, and to keep your gear clean and long-lasting.

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