Let’s go Camping!- Blog on ALL.com 8/19/13

We can hardly believe September is almost here- but that means it’s time for fun Fall activities!

If you’re looking for a healthy family bonding experience in the great outdoors, why not plan a camping trip?

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Here in Virginia, you can camp at many state parks including spots in Virginia Beach, up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, down in the valley by Harrisonburg, by the Shenandoah River or along the Appalachian Trail. If you want to find state parks or campgrounds in your area you can search GoCampingAmerica.com.

To make the most out of your camping adventure, here are some tips:

1) Don’t forget to pack the basics: a tent, plenty of water, sunscreen, bug spray, sleeping bag, lantern, lighter, warm clothes, trash bags, first aid kit, toothbrush, toilet paper, chairs for around the fire, hiking shoes/socks, bathing suit/towel if you’re planning other excursions

2) We always encourage physical activity, so we suggest you incorporate hiking, biking, tubing or fishing into your plans! Many state parks have trails and paths mapped out or tubes you can rent to explore the waterways. You could even catch a fish for dinner!

3) Pack healthy snacks like trail mix and make a healthy dinner, like these recipes we found on Pinterest: Kebabs, Pasta Foil Packets, Baked Potatoes

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And then, of course, the best part of camping: S’mores for everyone! Try one of these variations of the campfire classic.

Campfire Banana Splits

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Peanutbutter S’mOreos

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Candy bars, strawberries, cookies, ect!

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If you have any other favorite camping recipes please share them in the comments below!

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Are you living life as a leader?– Blog post on ALL.com 2/22/13

February is Youth Leadership Month!

The Ask, Listen, Learn team always encourages young people to live as leaders in their schools, communities and peer groups. You can be a leader by getting good grades, bringing a healthy lunch, being nice to everyone and saying NO to underage drinking.

Our Superstars are hand-selected to serve as role models for kids living a healthy lifestyle. Remmi Smith is a leader by teaching kids how to make healthy, tasty meals on her cooking show, Cook Time with Remmi. Winston Duncan with Wheels to Africa is a leader because his organization has changed thousands of lives thanks to his dedication to collecting bikes. And of course, Aly Raisman is a leader- she worked hard to prove herself to be a hardworking, determined gymnast and became captain of the US Women’s Team!

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How do you live your life as a leader? Comment below!

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