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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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  • Zenas3 By Zenas3
    06.22.16  

    My least fave part about camping is the bathroom sitch

  • Kchaney3 By Kchaney3
    06.22.16  

    What I love about going camping, I love the outdoors! I love to build a campfire to roast marshmallow s, swimming in the lake, boating, fishing, hiking , exploring, and spending alot of quality time with my loved ones! P.s. I hate bugs. Any kind of bug. Except lightning bugs. Me and my son tries to see who can catch the most 😉

  • Joanna_Topaz By Joanna_Topaz
    06.22.16  

    I love all the outdoors activities during the day -- hiking, canoeing, etc. I also love bonfires, roasting s'mores, singing and looking at the stars at night. But I'm not a big fan of the bugs or the bathrooms.

  • MsGABlue By MsGABlue
    06.22.16  

    favorite part = smores worst part = bugs, bears and other things that only seem to come out at night

  • Alisha1520 By Alisha1520
    06.22.16  

    My favorite part about camping is being able to see they stars. The sky is so beautiful at night, you can just stare at it forever. I also love cooking on an open flame, there are really creative ways to make a delicious dinner on a camp fire =) I was a girl scout we learned all these neat things on how to cook when camping!

  • hamptonette By hamptonette
    06.22.16  

    Years ago, I had no choice but for our family to go camping with the Boy Scouts. Each tent was to take turns every half hour turning the pig on a spit. I was married to a Moslem at the time and he surely did not want to do it let alone the next day the Scoutmaster walked around with the pig's head on a stick! Camping can keep it's creepy-crawlers and the worry of needing a sanitary bathroom forever as far as this lady is concerned lol.

  • takgirl14 By takgirl14
    06.22.16  

    I've actually never gone camping! Between all the bugs and sleeping out in nature, it's just not for me!

  • Philly_Girl By Philly_Girl
    06.22.16  

    I would love to go camping, but want something modern...lol

  • Bestmotherof3 By Bestmotherof3
    06.22.16  

    we love camping as a family

  • thriftygrrrl By thriftygrrrl
    06.22.16  

    I love camping with my family! Best part: s'mores around the campfire! Worst part: having to go potty in the middle of the night with spooky noises all around!

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