Maine Backyard Campout encourages safe outdoor fun amid pandemic

Nearly 30 communities have so far signed up for the July 10-11 weekend event.

NORTH YARMOUTH — With many traditional summertime events canceled or altered this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Maine Recreation and Park Association is encouraging families across the state to celebrate the outdoors in a safe and socially distanced way: camping in their backyards.

The first annual “Maine Backyard Campout” runs the weekend of July 10-11, and nearly 30 Maine recreation departments are participating and promoting it so far, according to Lisa Thompson, an at-large board member with the association, and director of the Wescustogo Hall & Community Center in North Yarmouth. July is National Parks and Recreation Month.

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