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Camping: Love it or Hate it? Enter to Win a Gift Card in our #CampingGiveaway!

Camping: Love it or Hate it?  Enter to Win a Gift Card in our #CampingGiveaway!

Few vacations elicit such opposing reactions as camping. There are diehard campers who can’t wait to spend their weekends cooking meals over the fire and relaxing under the stars. And there are also people who are majorly turned off by the idea of bugs crawling around them and sleeping without a personal bathroom in their room.

Are you a camper? Read on and then enter below for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to either REI or Amazon - winner's choice!

Truth is, camping can be many things. Yes, it’s dirty and buggy but it’s also a peaceful escape from the daily grind, where you’re forced to turn off the electronics and explore the beauty of the natural world.

Whether you are camping in a tent, cabin, RV, or treehouse, the benefits of being out in nature are well-documented. It helps the body, mind and spirit, while also strengthening family bonds. Plus, it can be tons of fun, even for beginners.

We recently asked young campers what their favorite part of camping is and were told everything from “sleeping in the tent” to “playing outside all day.” And who could forget “roasting s’mores on the campfire?"

And now the National Wildlife Federation is encouraging everyone to have this experience when it sponsors the Great American Campout on June 25th and all summer long. Check out their website for first-timer tips, and to take a pledge to try camping this summer.

What do you love (or hate!) about camping? Tell us and you could win a $25 gift certificate to either REI or Amazon - winner's choice!

There are two ways to enter:

Simply comment below and tell us your favorite (or least favorite) part of camping.

AND/OR

Tweet about the giveaway!

Click here to Tweet: "I entered the @SheSpeaksUp #CampingGiveaway to win a gift card! bit.ly/28JLYR8"

*One lucky commenter or Tweeter will be chosen at random to receive a $25 gift card to either REI or Amazon (winner's choice). Giveaway is open through Junly 4th, 2016 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

Update: Thank you to everyone for entering! Congrats to our winner, SheSpeaks member smethvin!

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  • Jacklynepoole By Jacklynepoole
    06.22.16  

    I absolutely love camping!!!! Just yesterday we were trying to decide on where to go for the forth of July. I'm so glad I get to share my love of the wilderness with my two daughters, who love it as well.

  • lilang By lilang
    06.22.16  

    My favorite part of camping is the fire...cooking things on it and sitting around it telling stories.

  • lilang By lilang
    06.22.16  

    My favorite part of camping is the fire...cooking things on it and sitting around it telling stories.

  • zinzay By zinzay
    06.22.16  

    My absolute favorite part of camping is the peace. No tv, radio, phone, computer, email, traffic: just the beauty, peace and stillness of nature.

  • daholte By daholte
    06.22.16  

    I love camping, but I hate sleeping on the ground. I must have an air mattress!

  • MeandMyPinkMixer By MeandMyPinkMixer
    06.22.16  

    I tweeted about the giveaway. https://twitter.com/mypinkmixerblog/status/745657800915828737

  • kristyleann By kristyleann
    06.22.16  

    I like camping but only in short doses, like a night or two at a time. I love being outside though. I love getting a chance to explore and see plants and animals in their natural habitats but I definitely don't like getting covered in bugs (especially the ones that just have to keep flying into your face) and as a woman hygiene can be an issue.

  • Alawson727 By Alawson727
    06.22.16  

    Love spending time outdoors, hiking and looking at the stars!

  • aneube By aneube
    06.22.16  

    I did a lot of camping as a child, but I can't bear the thought (no pun intended!) of camping as an adult. I need a reasonable bathroom! Backyard camping is our style. :)

  • Maritza2387 By Maritza2387
    06.22.16  

    I enjoy camping because of the whole experience being outdoors, my kids love hunting for bugs.

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