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

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Jun 22, 2016
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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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by Alawson727 | Fort worth, TX
Jun 22, 2016

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

by kristyleann | Princeton, WV
Jun 22, 2016

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.

by MeandMyPinkMixer | ROCKINGHAM, VA
Jun 22, 2016

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

by daholte | STOUGHTON, WI
Jun 22, 2016

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

by zinzay | aledo, IL
Jun 22, 2016

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

by lilang | NEWPORT, VA
Jun 22, 2016

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

by lilang | NEWPORT, VA
Jun 22, 2016

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

by Jacklynepoole | LEWISTON, ME
Jun 22, 2016

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.

by donnalee2001 | WATERFORD, WI
Jun 22, 2016

My idea of camping is in a RV. I love seeing the different sites, and enjoying the beauty of nature, but having type O blood, the mosquitoes just love me. Give me a place where I can retreat to when they come out, and I'm good to go.

by tumcsec | TUSCALOOSA, AL
Jun 22, 2016

I love, love, love camping. My husband and I go often. Plan to do much more when our grandson starts school in a year. I love being able to relax, read and crochet. And my husband does all the cooking!! The only thing I dislike are all the bugs, especially the mosquitoes and biting flies!!!!

by cshell202 | SPOKANE, WA
Jun 22, 2016

I don't like camping because of the bugs.

by jlritter68 | Leipsic, OH
Jun 22, 2016

I don't like anything about camping unless it is in a hotel!

by Rebecca18287 | VERMILION, OH
Jun 22, 2016

I hate camping and having to sleep in a tent on the ground.

by nels8657 | HUDSON, WI
Jun 22, 2016

Love it! Good food, friends, relaxing and spending time outside!

by kcat55 | MOORESTOWN, NJ
Jun 22, 2016

Least favorite part are the bugs!

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