Great American Backyard Campout Blends Outdoors, Family Fun and Science How cute is the young lady that writes this blog?! You go girl, represent the female and black scientists out there! Camping in your backyard or a family member's backyard is a great idea! A great way to pique your family's interest in the outdoors and help them to overcome their fears. If your neighborhood is safe or conducive to this activity, why not trying a mock campout indoors. Grab the sleeping bags or blankets, make in indoor tent, pack up some snacks and put some nature music in the mp3 player and/or nature videos on television. Tell scary stories and drink some hot cocoa or lemonade. Your family is sure to beg you to try the actual outdoor experience at an real live campsight. Check your local natural history museums, as they sometimes hold overnight camps for the family in their facilities.