Campout! Carolina take place Oct. 8-9

The 4th annual Campout! Carolina is schedule to take place next weekend, October 8 and 9, throughout North Carolina, as thousands of outdoors enthusiasts head to a variety of campsites to enjoy the fall season. The event is organized each year to encourage the state’s residents, and visitors alike, to enjoy North Carolina’s environmental attractions by pitching a tent and turning off all the unnecessary electrical items for a couple of evenings.

Participants are encouraged to camp anywhere, including their own backyard or in a state park. All registered campers are automatically entered into a drawing to win some great gear, including a tent and other supplies, as well as a $50 gift certificate from REI. The company will also be providing gear for campers to use free of charge as well. Additionally, Dick’s Sporting Goods will be hosting a photo contest in which they’ll also be giving away a $50 gift card.

The Campout! Carolina website has a host of ideas for what to do while roughing it in the tent, with suggestions like taking a nature walk, telling ghost stories, and going on a scavenger hunt. They’ve even posted some fun recipes and a link to free star charts for checking out the night sky.

Last year more than 5500 people took part in this event, and the organizer of the campout, EarthShare North Carolina, is hoping to beat that number this year. If you live in, or around, North Carolina, plan on sleeping in a tent next week to celebrate!

[Photo credit: Campout! Carolina via Flickr]