A Christian organization for boys is calling on families to take part in an upcoming nationwide get-together.
Trail Life USA, a Christian outdoors adventure program for boys and young men, is planning a National Backyard Campout. On April 17th, families are encouraged to pitch a tent in the backyard and participate in camping activities together.
"It allows families to just get outside, enjoy the outdoors together, and create memories," says Trail Life CEO Mark Hancock. "For kids right now, this can be confusing and be full of anxiety. This is an opportunity for them to look back on this time and say, 'Wow -- that's the night we all camped outside.'"
His organization has all sorts of ideas for activities and recipes for outdoor cooking, and families are encouraged to upload and share videos and pictures of their own fun night.
"If a family doesn't want to get a tent or sleeping bags, [if] they don't want to invest in that, they can just make a fort out of furniture and tarp or whatever," Hancock suggests.
He says this time of isolation is a time when cabin fever sets in, but April 17th will be a good time for all. Even if it is just in the backyard or the living room floor, it will provide an opportunity for the entire family to be active together.