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10 Ideas for the Perfect Backyard Campout

By Cody |

Summer brings memories of a starry sky and fresh air. There may not be a better sound than the outside night, the crickets chirp and the wind rustles the leaves on the trees.

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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10 Ideas for a Backyard Campout with the Family


We never had a fire when we camped out in our backyard, but it sure would have been nice. But I’ve been on hundreds of campouts in Utah’s mountains where fires were always the center of the action. Don’t worry you don’t have to dig a fire-pit in your pristine grass in order to have a fire either. Above-ground fire pits are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at a number of retail stores. But if a backyard campout or backyard cookout is going to become a regular family activity, building a permanent fire-pit isn’t all that difficult and could even add resale value to your house.
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Cody is a father, husband, practicing attorney, and loyal football fan who is outnumbered by girls in every area of his life. He's also been known to drink maple syrup straight out of the bottle. Read bio and latest posts → Read Cody's latest posts →

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