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Great American Backyard Campout: Things to bring on your overnight adventure

No backyard campout would be complete without s’mores!

No backyard campout would be complete without s’mores! For a fun alternative try this recipe for target="_blank">s'mores pancakes. Photo Credit: AP

The annual Great American Backyard Campout, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, is taking place on June 22. The goal of the campout is to get families across the nation to spend quality time together outdoors. We've compiled a list of ten backyard campout essentials to ensure the whole family has fun.

No backyard campout would be complete without s’mores!
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No backyard campout would be complete without s’mores! For a fun alternative try this recipe for target="_blank">s'mores pancakes.

Dozens of fun, family-friendly games like Go Fish
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Dozens of fun, family-friendly games like Go Fish and Crazy Eights can be played with a classic deck of cards.

Tossing a Frisbee is a great way to
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Tossing a Frisbee is a great way to get the whole family moving.

Turn ordinary rocks and sticks into creatures with
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Turn ordinary rocks and sticks into creatures with this fun and easy craft. All you need to bring is craft glue and googly eyes; the rest of the materials can be found around your campsite.

A fun way to keep the bugs away!
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A fun way to keep the bugs away! No spray, no mess. Just put on a couple of these brightly colored bracelets and you’re good to go.

This book has it all: songs, games, recipes
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This book has it all: songs, games, recipes and ghost stories to tell around the fire. Bring it along for hundreds of fun ideas.

Bring along binoculars for bird watching before it
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Bring along binoculars for bird watching before it gets dark. Keep a log of the different birds you find!

What better way to enjoy an evening outside
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What better way to enjoy an evening outside than to stargaze? Try children’s telescopes, which are available for a much lower price than traditional telescopes.

Bird watching and stargazing will be greatly enhanced
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Bird watching and stargazing will be greatly enhanced if you bring along some guides to help you identify what you find.

A few familiar furry friends will make kids
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A few familiar furry friends will make kids feel right at home in the tent.

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