Many parents with adolescent or teenage children worry that their kids have
become couch potatoes who spend far too much of their free time playing video
games or sitting in front of a computer screen.
“As far as physical fitness goes, today’s kids are the sorriest generation in
the history of the United States,” said one parent quoted by author Richard Louv
in his best-selling book, The Last Child in the Woods.
Louv found several alarming statistics, which document the increasingly
sedentary lifestyles of America’s youth and the extent to which they are losing
the physical and psychological benefits that come from spending time in nature.
In an effort to encourage parents to spend more time with their children
outdoors, President Obama has proclaimed June as national Great Outdoors Month.
Building on Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative, which encourages children
to eat healthier foods and increase their physical activity, Great Outdoors
Month is intended to encourage parents and their children “to move, run, play
and thrive” in our state, national and local parks and other scenic places.
Campgrounds affiliated with the California Association of RV Parks and
Campgrounds are doing their part to support Great Outdoors Month by offering fun
family activities as well as significant camping discounts during the month of
“Camping is affordable, and it’s a great way to get families walking, climbing,
swimming and playing in the Great Outdoors, while building memories that can
last a lifetime,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California
Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
Sipe added that many California campgrounds will be participating in
GoCampingAmerica.com’s Great Outdoors Month promotion, which involves 20 percent
discounts on camping between June 1st and 25th at participating parks.
Camp-California.com, California’s travel planning website, now includes a link
to GoCampingAmerica.com, where consumers can download e-coupons to obtain
discounts on camping as well as discounts at Camping World
) and Coleman (www.coleman.com
) camping supply stores and
RV rentals booked through El Monte RV (www.elmonterv.com
), which has agreed to
provide 500 free miles plus 50 free miles a day to GoCampingAmerica visitors who
rent an RV for at least one week during the June 1st to 25th period.