I love this idea. The National Wildlife Federation wants neighbors to experience the great outdoors together, so they’ve created the Great American Backyard Campout. On June 25, thousands of people will meet in their neighbors’ yards to pitch tents, catch fireflies, have fun, and, of course, eat.

The entire neighborhood might enjoy a meal together early in the evening, but once things start to settle down for the night, the snacking is likely to begin. If you’re participating in the Great American Backyard Campout, or any campout, here are a few ideas for snacks to share while telling scary stories or singing campfire songs.
  1. Homemade Trail Mix: Let kids create a mix from their favorite nuts, dried fruits, seeds and dark chocolate chips.
  2. Air- or oil-popped popcorn: Forgo the microwave bags and spend five minutes popping a Dutch oven full of kernels in the kitchen to share in the backyard. Or, try this Peanut Butter Popcorn recipe that is sweetened with honey that you can make ahead of time.
  3. Fruit kabobs: Cut cantaloupes, watermelon, pineapple and other fruits that won’t turn brown quickly, add some grapes, and put on small skewers. Kids think food is more fun on a stick.
  4. Water: Yep. Water. Tell everyone participating to bring their own reusable water bottle and provide pitchers of plain water and some flavored with fresh fruit like lemons and oranges for them to refill their bottles. There’s no need for sugary soft drinks.
  5. Organiced-up S’mores: A campout calls for S’mores, but you don’t have to stick to the traditional brands of chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows, do you? Try alternative brands like Endangered Species Milk Chocolate Bug Bites (the perfect size for a S’more), Health Valley Graham Crackers, and make your own marshmallows using organic ingredients. 

Although I love the idea of this campout, I must admit that on this particular day, I'm unable to participate. Will you be camping with your neighbors in the Great American Backyard Campout? What will you be snacking on? 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Healthy snacks for Great American Backyard Campout
The National Wildlife Federation wants families in the neighborhood to sleep outdoors on June 25, 2011. Here’s what you can munch on while sitting around the