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Amy Umble writes about family issues and kid-friendly events.

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Camping (with kids) for dummies

Can't make fire? Then this camp-out's for you.

If you’ve always wanted to give your kids that classic, marshmallow-roasting, bug-swatting, ghost-story-telling experience that is a summer campout, but you’ve never been the outdoors type yourself, there’s an event this weekend you might want to look into.

Writer Collette Caprara has a story in today’s Weekender about the 75th Annual Family Campout at Prince William Forest National Park, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

The event started in 1936, when kids from inner-city Washington, D.C., camped at the Civilian Conservation Corps campsite at this park. Now, rangers offer sports, crafts, swimming, canoeing and other games at the camp-out, which costs $30 per person, including a cabin with cots (no getting tangled in tent material), three meals and all activities.

Rangers bill the event as a beginners’ camping opportunity, a chance to take your family to the great outdoors, even if you feel you know nothing about the great outdoors.

For more on the event and the activities offered, read Caprara’s story here.