Energize Your Summer: Backyard Camping Tips + $500 Gift Card Giveaway

Summer for some can mean long road trips throughout the province setting up in many campgrounds along the way. Although the camping experience doesn’t have to take you to the backyard of provincial parks, you can get a similar experience in your backyard.

When was the last time you popped up a tent in your backyard and camped out with the kids?

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Backyard Camping Tips

Backyard camping is an inexpensive way to spend quality time together. Energize your summer with these backyard camping tips.

Gather all your camping supplies. You will need a tent to fit your family, flashlights, headlights, camera and Energizer MAX® batteries depending on how elaborate you decide to campout. I love camping at home because I can leave the food in the kitchen and skip worrying about a cooler and ice.

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Teamwork. Setting up your campsite together is a part of the bonding experience. If it’s been a while since you’ve camped out rest assure, tents have come a long way, and you can set a pop-up tent in minutes.

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Grill dinner or cook it over the open fire. I thoroughly prepare dinner in my kitchen ahead of time, and when we are ready to grill dinner, it’s all ready to go.

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We love cooking dinner or breakfast over an open fire. If you don’t have a fire pit no worries, you can grill your food at the BBQ well the kids play in the backyard or rest.

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Race time. Our boys love to bring their powered monster trucks and race cars along camping with us. Load them up with Energizer® MAX® batteries and have a blast, climbing, running and building memories together well you laugh the night away.

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Before bedtime it is tradition to roast smores over the open fire when camping. If you don’t have a fire pit, I found a wood burning fire pit on Walmart.ca that would be great for any size backyard. Try these Oh Canada Maple Smores.

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Nothing beats a good campfire story. Scary or not telling stories together gets the whole family involved. Be sure to have your Energizer flashlight on hand to illuminate the moment.

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Got more backyard camping tips? Please share them below.

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Comments

  1. The last time I had a backyard camp out was a few years ago when it was so hot in the house due to weather, so we slept in the tent outside!

  2. The last time I had a backyard campout was about 25 years ago when my kids were 6 and 8 years old. It would be so fun to have a campout experience with my grandchild.

  3. My son and his friends had backyard campouts frequently. They also really enjoyed being able to come into the house for a hot shower the next day.

  4. Last time we had a backyard campout my daughter was 12 it’s been years, we need to do it again..it was so much fun

  5. NicoleEmma says:

    I think the last time i had a backyard camp out was when I was 10.

  6. Eva Mitton-Urban says:

    Been awhile – closest to that a Roadtrip July 2016 to BC. Best tip – if you ever find yourself without Deep Woods or Off – just carry a small bottle of Listerine. Amazingly, tried and keeps mosquito at bay.

    Eva Mitton-Urban

  7. Alayne Langford says:

    We got caught in torrential weather one year so my tip would be to be cautious and aware of weather in the area you are travelling to 🙂

  8. My best tip is making sure all the kids have a flashlight so there is no fighting

  9. Jennifer I says:

    We have never had a backyard camp out oernight but we have campfires almost every weekend in the summer and lots of weekend in the winter when it’s mild.

  10. Kim Stenner says:

    It has been many years since my last backyard camp out. I do remember how much fun we had…we should do it again soon.

  11. It has been a lot of years, we used to take our girl guides camping and often times it was just backyard camps they were great

  12. Lindsay T says:

    We actually had a campout last week with my sister & my niece! Lots of fun!

  13. Kim Tanti says:

    The last backyard camp out was 1yr. agoe. It was our daughter and 3 friends. we woke up to all of the screaming at 6am. There was earwigs in the tent.

  14. We haven’t had a backyard campout for a few years though I’d love to do one again since my nieces are the right age

  15. Rhonda W G. says:

    A couple weeks ago at my brothers we sat around a campfire and had marshmallows. He had been camping out all weekend in a tent with his boys in the backyard.

  16. I haven’t had a backyard camp since I was little and that ended up with us creeping back into the house in the middle of the night!

  17. I haven’t had a backyard campout for probably 25 years!

  18. I’m Energizing this summer by going out for more hikes and taking advantage of the beautiful (but hot and humid) weather we have been having!

  19. we dont camp out back cause we have a pool, but we camp frequently in Kearney ON. we energize ourselves by kayaking on grass lake.. tip- always have enough drinkng water

  20. We camp on the cottage lawn whenever there are more people than beds or couches!

  21. Clair Palmer says:

    for the backyard it was Canada day weekend, it was great, the boys really loved it, so we went up North and camp out for a week, they now just want to live in the tents in the backyard the whole summer since they love it so much

  22. missbobloblaw says:

    My best backyard camping tip is to use air mattresses….so comfy!

  23. Lana Hood says:

    backyard camping trip – have a working flashlight.

  24. in this house we energize our summer by spending a lot of times on bikes, hiking, and generally keeping as active as possible

  25. BobbiJo pentney says:

    The last time I camped out in my backyard was three weeks ago. Campfire, smores and all.

  26. Angela September says:

    I’ve never had a full backyard camp out but we do love camping AND the outdoors so I would love to host one very soon. Gotta have good snacks, flashlights, cards and fun guests!

  27. I had a backyard camp out just last week with the kiddies!! Lots of fun 🙂

  28. Maryanne says:

    We are thinking about trying it next weekend if the weather is good!

  29. we just camped out in the backyard last night. It was a lot of fun!

  30. ERIN MCSWEENEY says:

    I HAVEN’T HAD A BACKYARD CAMPOUT SINCE I WAS A KID…MAYBE ITS ABOUT TIME TO ENJOY ONE

  31. lori butler says:

    wow the last time we enjoyed one was about 4 years ago.

  32. I never had backyard camping, so would love to see smiles on faces when they get get to try this experience.

  33. Andrea Amy says:

    Oh gosh, I haven’t had a back yard campout since I was a child. I think my kids would love it, but we don’t have a place to set up a tent in our yard (its really really tiny). One day though, its always so much fun!

  34. Travelbuds says:

    I haven’t done one in years. Wanted to set up the tent in my mom’s backyard when my kids and I were visiting but she had a visitor the night before (a black bear, eating the fruit from her fruit trees) so we decided to stay inside just in case he came back for more.

  35. Maritess says:

    We did it last year for my daughter’s bday. Her party theme was campout. We had a couple of tends with her friends and the family joining in the fun. We did campfire with silly and scary stories to go with it and scavenger hunts and games.

  36. Stephanie says:

    Last time I had a backyard campout was last summer!

  37. Bailey Dexter says:

    #EnergizeYourSummer From experience, change the batteries in the flashlights to be sure they all work because from experience from my favorite camp out as a teenager we ran out of working flashlights. It was a girls night at my friends house, 5 of us ready for a night of music, food and fun! We had so much fun with the flashlights we ran out of light! lol Lots of giggles and scares!

  38. We just had a backyard camp out last week. Was lots of fun and brought me back to my childhood. Great giveaway and good luck to all.

  39. Jodi Mitrovic says:

    My family and I enjoyed our very first backyard campout last week. We were setting up our tent to make sure it was good for our upcoming camping trip and before we knew it our son had it filled with his belongings. It was so cute that I didn’t have the heart to take it down. We enjoyed some s’mores and some music. It was a great night! Thanks for the incredible contest! Good luck all! And lets not forget to #EnergizeYourSummer!

  40. kristen visser says:

    It has been YEARS since I had my last backyard camp out. My brothers and were very young and we used to camp out all the time in our backyard. It was so much fun. We ended up waking in the middle of the night and going inside lol, but it was tons of fun staying up later

  41. We had a backyard campout in June for my daughter’s 10th birthday!

  42. Marlene J says:

    The backyard is a great place to set a tent up and pretend it is the wilderness with the comfort of being near home. It’s a good start to going real camping. Gather around the “campfire” and tell scary stories. Singing silly songs and playing games with the flashlights are fun activities during your camping trip.

  43. nicolthepickle says:

    When I was a teenager. I should do it with my kids though. They’d love it.

  44. Darlene Schuller says:

    I’ve never had a backyard camp out.

  45. My kids just camped out last week!

  46. Nancy J Montgomery says:

    I’ve never had a backyard camp out. I #EnergizeYourSummer by getting out in the sun as much as possible.

  47. I’ve never had a backyard camp out, but have plenty of the other kind.

  48. About 3 summers ago I camped out in our backyard with my sons, it was nice summer evening.

  49. We energize our summers by snacking on refreshing healthy treats.

  50. We had a campout last year around this time. We are hoping to make it an annual thing so we are planning another one in a few weeks!

  51. Taylor Charlton says:

    I live in an apartment building so sadly it’s a bit tricky to have a backyard campout. We are going to Algonquin in a couple of weeks though 🙂

  52. sarah jackson says:

    well its been about 30 years since I have backyard camped , which makes me think its time to do it again ! my girl loves camping but sometimes we just cant get away so this might just be the answer !!

  53. The last time we enjoyed a backyard campout was about a month ago! It was a last minute idea for us but we still enjoyed it! Hopefully we can have another full backyard campout again soon.

  54. Carol Denny says:

    The last time I went camping it rained for 3 day. Never camped again only in the yard.

  55. Jenness M says:

    I haven’t had a backyard camp out since I was a teen!

  56. Doris Humber says:

    It’s been a few years since we have enjoyed a backyard camp out.

  57. Victoria Ess says:

    I’ve never had a backyard campout! I’d love to do it with my niece now.

  58. It has been a long time since we had a campout. Its on our summer bucket list though for this year!

  59. Carrie Dodd says:

    A good backyard camping includes good food and good drinks and nice weather.

  60. Monique L.S. says:

    I loved the story of Sarah and Skippy the Racing Bug on Energizer.

  61. Monique L.S. says:

    We recently enjoyed dinner on a backyard fire pit – a first time for all of us.

  62. Brandee H says:

    Yesterday! My son and I went to visit my Dad and we stayed in a tent in the backyard. He had a blast! It is the best of both worlds. Fun in a tent. Bathroom close by 🙂

  63. Carey Hurst says:

    It has been awhile since we did the backyard camp out thing. Used to do it all the time. For my oldest about 7 years and about 10 years for me . Miss having a back yard .

  64. Tina L. says:

    I have not done backyard camping since I was a kid

  65. Krista M says:

    I haven’t done backyard camping since I was 12. My dad set up a pup tent for my sister & I in the yard & he played games with us in there until bedtime. We got to sleep in there alone & I remember feeling how far away from our house we felt even though it was right there! Such a fun experience for kids.

  66. Kris Wilson says:

    The last time I camped in the backyard was when I was a tween.

  67. When I was a teenager

  68. Joanne Saunders says:

    I have not been camping in my backyard or anywhere else for that matter for years and years. But would love to.

  69. Juliee Fitze says:

    Last time I had a camp out in the yard was when my son was young , he just turned 37.

  70. we haven’t had a backyard campout in years! i want to say at least 10 years or more

  71. Ronald Gagnon says:

    We #EnergizeYourSummer!..by taking the dog to the cabin every weekend and walking trails with her

  72. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    we havent had a backyard camp out for a couple years – forgot how fum it can be

  73. Last time we went camping was more than 10 years ago, my daughter was still so small. It rained and we were all miserable. We have not been since.

  74. My best camping tip is to keep a list of all the items you need for camping and then assemble a large bin full of these items. You can just grab the bin and go!

  75. elizabeth miller says:

    We do a backyard campout every fall with my daughter. She absolutely loves it and it gives us a great electronics out family bonding night. We have a small firepit so we roast hotdogs and marshmallows over it. We usually play games in the tent until lights out.

  76. The last time i enjoyed a backyard campout was when i was a teenager

  77. Wendy hutton says:

    its been abut 30 yrs since we has backyard campout my kids are all grown up

  78. heather sibley says:

    Pack extra food for around the campfire. its where memories are made!

  79. Darlene W says:

    It has been years since we have had a backyard campout. We mostly visit provincial parks now
    Best tip I have is try to prepare for inclement weather you are probably going to get some

  80. Lauryn R says:

    I haven’t had a backyard campout since I was a kid! I love them though, I definitely plan on doing one with my kids once we move into our new house next week. 🙂 I need to get a tent!

  81. I do at least two backyard campouts every year. I have a large treed backyard so it feels like a real camping trip.
    My best tip for backyard camping is to invite your children’s friends with parents that like to go camping. That way you can have some help until late at night when the kids fall asleep.

  82. Lynda Cook says:

    I haven’t gone any kind of camping in such a long time, it would to go and try again sometime!!

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  84. Maria McLachlan says:

    We have never done backyard camping yet. um sure boys would like. Maybe try before end of year.

  85. sabina Edwards says:

    I think the last time we #EnergizeYourSummer! was when my daughter graduated from HS, we had quite a big party out back , had a few screen tents out during the day and then tents at night for all the people from out of town would came by.

  86. Judy Cowan says:

    We have moved on from backyard campouts since we now have an RV. We are camping this weekend 🙂 Always make sure you have extra batteries for those flashlights!!

  87. The last time I camped in a backyard was at my parents old house with a girlfriend around 19 years ago. My husband and I are planning on doing this with our girls as he has never been camping anywhere :O #EnergizeYourSummer

  88. Debbie Bashford says:

    Flashlights and story telling around the campfire is a must!

  89. Michelle Ward says:

    I haven’t camped out was 15 yrs ago with my parents. I haven’t tried it with my own kids yet.

  90. If the mosquitos get to be to bad , move it to the tent with a flash light and keep the fun going ! Nothing beats games and stories in the tent !

  91. Jeanna Massman says:

    I don’t know that I’ve ever had a backyard camp out! My grandson energizes my summer!

  92. Leslie Crosbie says:

    We havent had a backyard campout in years bur I try to #EnergizeYourSummer by spending as much time as possible at the beach!

  93. Our last backyard campout was about a month ago. We’re doing another this weekend!

  94. Donna L. says:

    I’ve never had a backyard camp out but it sounds like fun!

  95. Anne-Marie Tvete says:

    Have never done a backyard camp out and now that we live in a condo we can’t actually do one but it sure looks like fun

  96. Silvia D says:

    we had a back yard campout a couple years ago … had a couple raccoons visit and daughter didnt want to camp in back yard since!

  97. Andrea Williams says:

    I can’t remember if I have ever camped out in the backyard but it sounds like something my boys would love to try.

  98. We did one last year. We haven’t this year yet but hopefully soon.

  99. Our last backyard campout was last summer during the meteor shower and we are planning another on this August

  100. kathy downey says:

    The last time i enjoyed a backyard campout was in the 70,s

  101. Angela Cunningham says:

    Oh dear,I can’t even remember the last time we went camping (incl.the backyard).Probably over 15 years ago??

  102. The last backyard campout i had was a looooooong time ago. I think we picked the coldest night of the summer. Had to have a pile of blankets on top of us, plus a sweater and a toque. But it was still fun.

  103. Maggie C says:

    Bring some books and good stories to tell while camping out!

  104. I have never had a backyard camping experience but I’ve always wanted to do one with the kids once they are older

  105. Debbie S. says:

    It’s been quit some time since I did a backyard campout, but it sounds like a lot of fun. I also recommend some good reading stories for the campout!

  106. Christine Murray says:

    Back Yard Camping would be wonderful to do with my daughter. I wouldn’t have to worry about meeting a bear in the middle of the night when going to the potty.

  107. SweetPanda says:

    No, actually, we never had a backyard campout

  108. I haven’t done a backyard camp out for years because of the dogs but I like to energize myself by going for bike rides.

  109. Tara Betterley says:

    The last time I enjoyed a backyard camp out was when I was young – maybe 10 at the latest. I used to sleep in the tent and my mom would leave the door unlocked because we always ran inside in the middle of the night because we were scared!! It was fun..

  110. Brenda Penton says:

    I’ve never had a backyard campout since I was a teen! I need to set up the tent and enjoy a night under the stars with my kids.

  111. It has been years since they were very little, but maybe we should plan one this weekend!

  112. My best tip is don’t have glass anywhere

  113. Carole Dube says:

    The last time I had a backyard Camp out was when my children were teenager. I want to do one with my granddaughter in the middle of August. She is going to love it!

  114. Darwin Chau says:

    We did a backyard camp out 2 weekends ago and we plan to do another one this long weekend.

  115. Jennifer P. says:

    I haven’t had a backyard campout since I was a kid!

  116. Holly MacRitchie says:

    we camp out in the backyard once a month

  117. Amy Heffernan says:

    Gosh we have not enjoyed a backyard camp out in years. Would love to win the kids but no tent.

  118. We can be found at backyard campout very often, so much fun!

  119. ivy pluchinsky says:

    Its been awhile since we did a backyard camp out, I think its time we did

  120. My best backyard campout tip is always have ingredients for S’mores! Camping isn’t camping without them.

  121. Karla Sceviour says:

    It has been a really long time since I`ve had a backyard campout,when my son was really small, It was a lot of fun,should do it again,your never too old to have a backyard campout! 🙂

  122. Suzanne G says:

    I like to #EnergizeYourSummer! by having friends over for backyard bbq’s.

  123. I don’t think I’ve ever participated in a backyard camp out. They do look like a lot of fun if you have the space for such a thing!

  124. Debbie Bashford says:

    It’s been a while I would love to do it soon again though with my grandkids

  125. I haven’t had a back yard camp out in a long time – since I was a child with my sister!

  126. Stephanie Phelps says:

    A few years ago we did it for the last time with our boys before they got to big and boy did we enjoy the smores and the hot dogs over the fire! We had a blast just sitting there with no phone or computers or video games! I enjoyed it so much!

  127. Doris Calvert says:

    Camped out about 10 years ago when my niece and nephew were small

  128. Silvia D says:

    The last time would of been a couple years ago! So much fun!

  129. I’ve never done a backyard campout but as the kid grows older, she might request it.

  130. I love camping ! I say always look for a smooth higher point to set up your tent , that way your not laying unconformable though the night and if it rains you won’t be in a puddle !

  131. Every Friday night we have a family BBQ, we have a fire, smores and the kids like to set up the tent. It’s lots of fun in our own backyard..

  132. We haven’t enjoyed a backyard camp out in a very long time since we lived in apartments for the most part. This is our first summer with a backyard and we are planning for a backyard camp out in the next few weeks.

  133. cindy mitchell says:

    i remember when my 3 kids were young teenagers. our house used to be the place to hang out and tents would be put up. we would go to bed with a few kids camping out and wake up to our backyard of tents and kids and good old fashion, fun time of camp fires, marshmallow, hotdog on a stick. and lots of flashlights and batteries.

  134. Elaine G says:

    The last time was last summer with my nieces and nephews.

  135. Glogirl says:

    The last time I “enjoyed” a backyard campout was years ago! Probably about 25 years ago. I remember the tent smelled so musty that it aggrevated my allergies the whole night.

  136. Anne Taylor says:

    I was a kid the last time I enjoyed a backyard camp out but my daughters have all done it and loved it; now its the grandkids time!

  137. Israel Y says:

    last time was last year, they are alot of fun

  138. We went camping in my in-laws’ backyard last year! 🙂

  139. Suzanne G says:

    The last time I enjoyed a backyard campout was when I was a kid.

  140. kathy downey says:

    The last time i enjoyed a backyard campout was when i was 16 with friends on a labor day weekend

  141. Make glow in the dark lanterns! Makes backyard camping (any camping for that matter) so much more fun, and making them together even so much more!

  142. Tricia Cooper says:

    I’ve never done a backyard camp out, but I have been camping. Keep it simple, but try to be organized.

  143. Kristi R. says:

    I don’t know that I’ve ever had a backyard camp out. I’ve been meaning to do it with my kids though, I think they’re just old enough now.

  144. margo b says:

    The last time I enjoyed a backyard camp out was when I was 7 my sisters & I camped out in our backyard was so fun. tip, enjoy and have fun.

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