One of my most favorite things to do growing up was to sleep outside under the stars in my backyard. It first started when I was about five years old or so. My sisters and some family friends all gathered our sleeping bags together and set up camp on the trampoline. We all awoke in the morning tangled together in one giant ball in the middle.
Backyard campouts didn’t end there, either. There was rarely a weekend where I could not be found sleeping outside during the summer months. It brought me comfort like few other things could at the time. I didn’t realize the importance of those memories at the time, but they will stay with me forever.
There’s something about the sound and the smell that always excited me. It even got to the point where I would find excuses to sleep outside in the winter months as well. Even now, I check the hourly weather report right before bed hoping that the temperature will drop below seventy degrees so I can open the windows in the bedroom and get a little taste of that outside sound and smell.
I have tried for the last two years to convince Addie to let us have a backyard family campout so that she can experience what I experienced as a kid. So far, however, she doesn’t want to have anything to do with it.
As a way of trying to convince her to give it a try, I came up with a few ideas to make the perfect backyard campout experience. I think that these ideas would make it the perfect summer activity for my daughter:
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