Does your child have Nature-Deficit Disorder, characterized by too much indoor time in front of TV and computer screens, and too little outdoor exploration?

There is a cure for it- and for your own similar disorder. It's called camping. And it's easier and more comfortable today than ever, thanks to truly waterproof tents, cushy but thin sleeping pads, and - for those who cannot abide tent camping - easy availability of campers and trailers.

"This is our second year. I absolutely love it. The kids have a freedom down there they don't have up here in the city," said Donna Hural of Cherry Hill, who purchased a camper at Acorn Campground in Green Creek, near Wildwood. Her daughter, Morgan, 9, can ride her bike around the campground freely, she said.

"They meet a lot of different kids down there, and make new friends they keep in touch with over the winter," she said of her daughter, nephews and friends' kids who come with them.

Plus, they are close to Wildwood and Cape May for entertainment, "but we're removed from the crowds," she said.

A good way to try camping is by participating in the Great American Backyard Campout, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation. It's a weekend dedicated to introducing families to camping. The Nature Center of Cape May at 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May, is hosting a campout at its center under the stars June 26 to 27. Call 609-898-8848 to pre-register by June 21.

Whether you go every weekend, such as Hural, or just once-in-a-while, the kids will remember the sights, sound and smells of the outdoors. Those memories will give them a connection to nature like nothing else will.

Contact Michelle Brunetti Post:

609-272-7219

Public campgrounds and parks

Allaire State Park

Location: 4265 Atlantic Ave., Farmingdale

Info: 732-938-2371

Amenities: 45 tent and trailer sites with fire rings, picnic tables; flush toilets, shower facilities; historic village, steam railroad, nature center; trails.

Cost: $20 per night (campsites open all year); $30 per night (yurts, accessible to persons with disabilities); $40 per night (shelters with wood stove for heat and two double-deck bunks, sleeps four; Feb. 1 to Dec. 31)

Bass River State Park

Location: 762 Stage Road, Tuckerton

Info: 609-296-1114

Amenities: 176 tent and trailer sites with fire rings, picnic tables; flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities; six people per site; swimming in Lake Absegami (Memorial Day to Labor Day); trails connecting park with Wharton and Brendan T. Byrne state forests.

Cost: $20 per night (campsites open all year); group sites, lean-tos, shelters and cabins available for higher fee.

Belleplain State Forest

Location: Route 550, Woodbine

Info: 609-861-2404

Amenities: 169 tent and trailer campsites with fire rings, picnic tables; biking, hiking, lake swimming, easy access to Cape May beaches, resorts and services; shared flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities

Cost: $20 per night; cabins and yurts available for higher fee.

Brendan T. Byrne State Forest

Location: Route 72, New Lisbon

Info: 609-726-1191

Temporarily closed to camping. Whitesbog Village, Cedar Swamp Natural Area and miles of hiking trails.

Parvin State Park

Location: 701 Almond Road, Pittsgrove

Info: 856-358-8616

Amenities: 56 tent and trailer sites with fire rings, picnic tables, lantern hooks, playground; six people and two vehicles per site; pet-friendly sites; biking and hiking trails, lake swimming; easy access to Vineland and Millville; shared flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities

Cost: $20 per night (April 1 to Oct. 31); cabins available at higher fees.

Wharton State Forest

Location: 744 Route 206, Shamong

Info: 609-268-0444

Atsion 50 tent and trailer sites with fire rings, picnic tables; shared water, flush toilets and showers; pet-friendly sites.

Amenities:

Cost: $20 per night (April 1 to Dec. 15)

Godfrey Bridge

Amenities: 49 tent and trailer sites, water, picnic tables, fire rings, pit toilets; primitive sites at various locations with hand pumps for water and pit toilets for $2 per person per night.

Cost: $20 per night (campsites open all year); cabins available at higher fees.

Atlantic County Estell Manor Park

Location: 109 State Highway 50, Estell Manor

Info: 609-625-8219

Amenities: Hiking and biking trails; easy access to shopping areas in Mays Landing, including Hamilton Mall.

Cost: $12 per night (family site, up to six people); $20 per night (group site, up to 20 people); Eight family sites, one group site.

Atlantic County Park-Lake Lenape

Location: 6303 Old Harding Highway, Mays Landing

Info: 609-625-8219

Amenities: Hiking and biking trails; easy access to shopping areas in Mays Landing, including Hamilton Mall.

Cost: $12 per night (up to six people); 18 sites

Birch Grove Park

Location: 1700 Burton Ave., Northfield

Info: 609-641-3778

Amenities: 50 tent and RV campsites on 271 acres; 15 minutes from area beaches, malls and casinos; bathroom, laundry facilities, playground, mini golf, hiking trails, historical museum, evening concerts; open April 1 to Oct. 14.

Cost: $25 (primitive site); $30 (tent camp with utilities); $35 (RV site)

For private area campgrounds visit http://www.newjerseycampgrounds.com/" target= "_blank">www.newjerseycampgrounds.com

For public state parks and campgrounds, visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/camping.html" target= "_blank">www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/camping.html