Girl Scouts Inaugural Guests at First Ever White House Campout
June 24, 2015 gsblog
On June 30, First Lady Michelle Obama will host the first-ever White House Campout as part of the Let’s Move! Outside initiative. The Campout is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior and will celebrate the National Park Service Centennial as well as Great Outdoors Month. The Campout will take place in one of the most historic backyards and National Parks in the Nation – the White House South Lawn.
As Honorary National President of Girl Scouts of the USA, the First Lady will welcome fifty fourth-grade Girl Scouts to participate in activities to earn their Camper Badge, and to celebrate the release of the new Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges. The Girl Scouts will engage in both new and traditional outdoor activities, including rock wall climbing, knot tying, orienteering, and tent pitching. Later that evening, the participants will be joined by NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, who will join a stargazing activity led by NASA staff and scientists on the South Lawn before the girls settle in for the night.
Let’s Move! Outside was created to encourage kids and families to take advantage of America’s great outdoors—which abound in every city, town, and community. Through public-private partnerships and in conjunction with all levels of government, the Department of Interior leads Let’s Move! Outside to inspire millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.
As part of the centennial celebration of the National Park Service, in which the First Lady serves as honorary co-chair, President Obama launched the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative. This new initiative calls on each of our agencies to help get all children to visit and enjoy the outdoors and inspire a new generation of Americans to experience their country’s unrivaled public lands and waters. Starting in September, every fourth-grader in the nation will receive an “Every Kid in a Park” pass that’s good for free admission to all of America’s federal lands and waters — for them and their families — for a full year.
Regular exercise in nature is proven to improve children’s physical and mental health. Outdoor activity helps kids maintain a healthy weight, boosts their immunity and bone health, and lowers stress. Let’s Move! Outside was created to get kids and families to take advantage of America’s great outdoors – which abound in every city, town, and community. Through public-private partnerships and in conjunction with all levels of government, the Department of Interior leads Let’s Move! Outside to inspire millions of young people to play, learn, serve, and work outdoors.
Kids need at least 60 minutes of active and vigorous play each day to stay healthy, and one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to meet this goal is by playing outside. By linking parents to nearby parks, trails and waters – and providing tips and ideas – Let’s Move! Outside can help families develop a more active lifestyle.
- Where to go
- What to do
- NWF Camping tips
- Reacreation.gov Find Places & Activities
- Reacreation.gov Explore Trip Ideas
- Reacreation.gov Help & FAQ
- CDC Camping Health and Safety Tips
- NPS Find a Park
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Why camping matters
- Host a public campout
- National Forest Store http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/nationalforeststore/
- National Park Foundation Stores: http://www.nps.gov/search/index.htm?query=on-line+shop
- Essential wildfire prevention information
- Learn how to build a SAFE campfire to prevent wildfires
See how easily burning debris can start a wildfire
Understand how proper equipment maintenance can reduce wildfires
Safety is not only important outdoors, but also in and around our homes
Learn more: http://www.smokeybear.com/wildfires.as
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
4:30 PM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the first-ever
White House Campout
White House South Lawn
Great American Backyard Campout – Pinterest
Great American Backyard Campout – Flickr