The Great American Backyard Campout- Get your family outside!

This Saturday, June 28, is the Great American Backyard Campout! Over 200,000 families and groups are expected to take part in this summer event that has been growing since 2005. The goal of this event? To get kids and families outside, even if it’s just to their own backyard! Find out more about the campout, view packing lists as well as game and meal ideas at

Don’t forget the quintessential campfire snack for your campout: the S’more- a fire toasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers. Here are a few ways to shake up your s’more recipe:

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*Instead of graham crackers try Girl Scout Cookies: 2 Thanks-a-Lots, or why not make them L’mores with two Lemonaids, or Minty S’mores with Thin Mints!

*Sweet and Salty s’mores: replace the graham cracker with Ritz crackers

*Replace the chocolate with one of the following: Nutella, sliced bananas or strawberries or a York peppermint patty

Not a fan of s’mores? I’ve also heard that roasting Starburst chewy candies can be pretty delicious too.

If you aren’t sure you want to lead your own camping experience, join us at Camp L-Kee-Ta near West Burlington, IA on July 12-13 for Family Camp Sampler, a time for the whole family to get out to camp and enjoy the summer.

Already this year girls from all across Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois have been getting outside to make s’mores, make new friends, try new and fun activities and camp out! Volunteer led day camps are happening throughout the council and summer resident camp at Camp Little Cloud is now in full swing! We have over 850 girls registered to attend summer resident camp, and over 1,000 girls plan to attend local day camps.

We also have several fantastic events planned at our camps this summer- check the calendar at for more information.

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