Join the Great American Backyard Campout June 23

Would you like to attend an overnight, family-friendly campout with a celebrity chef cooking your meals, live entertainment, fun outdoor activities and all the Coleman gear you need provided?

What is it? The Coleman Company, Inc. is hosting a private camping event for 15 families. I get to choose 5 of those families from amongst my blog readers!

Why are they hosting this event? Coleman has partnered with National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to sponsor this year’s Great American Backyard Campout. Coleman and NWF want to inspire parents to get their families outside, even if they’ve never camped before.

If I win, what do I get? The winners will receive a family ticket (for a family of up to five) to attend the Coleman Great American Backyard Campout event. You are responsible for your own transportation, so it’s better if you live close enough to drive. We won’t exclude you because of distance, though – if you’re willing to make the trip, you can enter! At the campout, you and your family will get:

  • A full campsite worth of Coleman gear for you to use at the event, and take home with you when it’s over
  • Meals, recipes and outdoor cooking instruction from a local celebrity chef
  • Fishing instructions from a Shakespeare fishing pro fisherman
  • Stargazing with an astronomer
  • Live campfire sing-alongs with a local musician
  • Guided morning hike with a delicious breakfast at the destination
  • Easy ways your family can help the environment while camping from Leave No Trace
  • Lots of Coleman helpers to lend a hand if you have questions about the outdoors
  • Plenty of fun leisure activities, like a bean bag toss, Frisbee throwing, card games and more

My family has never been camping before. Can we still attend? Absolutely! This event is designed for campers who don’t have a lot of experience, or any experience at all. Plenty of Coleman folks will be available to give you a hand with your gear and answer any questions you may have. We’ll also have modern facilities and running water at the campsite, so there’s no need to worry about going too “extreme” your first time out.

Where is the event located, since I have to travel? Lake Berryesssa – Chaparral Cove, 7600 Knoxville Road, Napa, CA  94558

When is it? The Great American Backyard Campout takes place on June 23, 2012. Coleman’s event will be taking place from 11 a.m. on June 23 until 10 a.m. on June 24.

What is the Great American Backyard Campout all about? Great American Backyard Campout is part of National Wildlife Federation’s “Be Out There” movement, which is designed to provide tools that inspire parents and children to spend time in the outdoors. Over the next three years, NWF’s goal is to get 10 million more kids playing outside on a regular basis. Spending a night under the stars is the perfect way to start.

That’s a lot of info – but now I’d really like to attend with my family. How does the contest work? It’s easy! Leave a comment on my blog & tell me these things:

  • Your name and email address. We’ll only call or email you if you’re a winner, and we won’t disclose your info to anyone else.
  • If you’re willing to travel to the event location on June 23.
  • Why your family would like to attend the campout.

At 9 p.m. Pacific Time June 7, I’ll be selecting 5 winners from the entries I receive from you. I’ll inform the winners individually, and we’ll coordinate with Coleman to get you everything you need before the campout. Then, we’ll see each other on June 23!

If you have any questions about the contest, let me know. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find out from Coleman and get back to you as soon as I can.

And if you don’t want to enter the contest, please enjoy the Great American Backyard Campout in a backyard or in a campground near you!

Camping in Brookyn, NY. Photo: Peter Fisher

Other images: National Wildlife Federation

Here’s a link to the Official Contest Rules (note that my closing time is slightly different) on the Because I’m Mommy web site.

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13 Responses to Join the Great American Backyard Campout June 23

  1. Bit too far to travel from here, but we’re going to join in too here in the UK:o)

  2. Hi Joe! You’re right, it’s a bit far. :) Glad u you’re joining in. Let me know how your campout goes!

  3. This sounds like a great event and supports such a good cause! Thanks for sharing the information. Camping is one of the best ways to spend family time! We would definitely make the trip to Lake Berryessa to participate if we won.

  4. Hey, that’s great, Lisa! I’m really glad to hear from you. Thanks for your enthusiasm for camping as a family activity and for entering. Good luck!

  5. Natalie J Vandenberghe

    I’d love to take my family to the Great American Backyard Campout–what a fabulous prize! I live in Oregon, so the drive to Napa (I’m originally from CA) won’t be too far. I’m reluctant to leave my phone number here publicly; however, if you email me, I’d be glad to give you that contact info.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Hi Natalie! I’m glad you entered for a chance to come camping in CA! You’re right about the phone number — I took that part out of the directions. I can reach you by email if need be. Good luck!

    • Natalie J Vandenberghe

      I appreciate you addressing my concerns. I’ve thought about it ever since I entered and was afraid my entry wouldn’t be considered because I didn’t comply with the rules. I decided I could’ve posted my number publicly…oh, well–sure hope I’ll be hearing from Coleman.
      Hope you have a fabulous summer!

  7. I would love to enter to attend this event, I am only about 60 miles away from the event and it takes place on my birthday so it would be fabulous! We have actually never been camping as a family before, our sons are aged 3 and 11 months so in my mind they seemed too young but the more I think about it the more I think that view is foolish. Anything is possible to accomplish with planning :)

  8. Anastasia R. Prentiss

    This would be AWESOME! We are a chosen family of five ( 2 boys 11 and 4 and three adults Dad/Uncle and Auntie Mamas) We live in Oakland Ca. so it is definitely not an issue to travel and it would be an fantastic opportunity to get our whole family outside and playing in nature!!!!!!

  9. We would absolutely love to take part in this and will definitely travel to Napa! What a fabulous opportunity for fun family outdoors time. Camping was a yearly summer tradition growing up and I’d love to start taking my children camping each summer. Thanks for the opportunity. :)

  10. Oh, we would burst with joy if we won this …

    With two small kids, two bigger kids that we only have part-time, and no “fun budget” due to the economy being a major a-hole, we have never had a family vacation. That’s right, never.

    Plus, we just drove up to Camp Cazadero two weeks ago to see my stepson’s concert, and would you believe that was my first time, since moving to the Bay Area in 2006, that I’ve been that far north? I was like a golden retriever that has heard of these things called “meadows” but has never seen one.

    Coincidentally, my older stepson just suggested we go camping, and I said “Camping? I’m from Brooklyn. If there are stars above me, there better be tar under my tush.” He rolled his eyes, and I can’t blame him. I need to get out of my comfort zone! Just yesterday we took dinner down to the rec-center field across from our house, so I’ve made the first step…. Up to you to see if I take the next… ;)

    (and yes, we’re willing to travel there — we’ll have to rent a minivan but we’ll do it!)

  11. Hey there, D, Anastasia, Lynn and Amy! I’m so glad you’re all interested in this opportunity. I’ll be drawing the winners late Thursday and will be letting you know if you’ll be joining the campout at Lake Berryessa. I’ll also look into opportunities to join in in other ways if you don’t happen to be picked.

  12. Thank you for entering, everyone! The winners will be contacted by Coleman. I really appreciate you all entering and hope to see some of you at Lake Berryessa.

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