In Pictures: The First-Ever White House Campout


Last week, the First Lady hosted the first-ever White House Campout on the South Lawn, one of America’s most iconic National Parks. Fifty Girl Scouts were invited to participate in the campout, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, that celebrated the centennial of the National Park Service and promoted getting kids and families moving while taking advantage of America’s great outdoors as part of Let’s Move! Outside.

The group, representing Girl Scout councils in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Oklahoma, spent an afternoon of outdoor activities, working toward earning Girl Scout outdoor badges. The activities included climbing a rock wall, tying knots, pitching tents, and participating in orienteering exercises with the First Lady.

In the evening, the President and the First Lady joined the Girl Scouts out on the South Lawn for a campfire sing along. And after dark, Astronaut Cady Coleman and NASA scientists enlightened the girls with amazing stories of space and new sights through their telescopes.

Take a look at the campout in photos:

The First Lady watches Girl Scouts participate in rock climbing. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
Mrs. Obama spends time with Girls Scouts after a tent pitching activity. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
The First Lady joins Girls Scouts in orienteering. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
Mrs. Obama hugs Girl Scouts after her opening remarks. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Girl Scouts explore the White House Kitchen Garden. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in a sing-along. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
The First Lady prepares to look into a telescope with assistance from Joseph Novotka, of NASA. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Campers join hands and sing TAPS before bedtime. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
Girl Scouts write a letter to their future selves describing their experience at the White House Campout. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
Girl Scouts camp on the South Lawn. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
Girl Scouts wake up in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, after inclement weather forced them indoors from the South Lawn. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
Girl Scouts carry their belongings from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to the White House. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
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