Bluffton/Fort Wayne South KOA Offering Free Night of Camping on May 14

8th Annual Event Also Fundraising for KOA Care Camps for Children With Cancer

The Bluffton/Fort Wayne South KOA Campground, located at 1625 West Lancaster Street in Bluffton, is offering a free night of camping on Saturday, May 14 to all campers who stay at the campground as paying guests on Friday, May 13 at part of KOA’s 8th Annual Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend.

Thousands of North American camping families will be headed to their favorite Kampgrounds of America locations for this very special weekend, the official start of the 2011 summer camping season.

Last year, more than 25,000 camping families stayed at nearly 400 participating KOA campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada. The event, created in 2004, provides a free night of camping on Saturday, May 14, to all campers staying as paying guests on Friday, May 13.

KOA campgrounds have several fun events planned that are designed to both entertain campers, and help raise funds to support KOA Care Camps, a system of 44 specialized summer camps around North America that provide a true summer camp experience for children with cancer and their siblings. Last year, more than $370,000 was raised during the Come Kamp & Care With Us event to benefit KOA Care Camps.

“This event is a wonderful way for our campers to start their summer camping seasons, and at the same time help raise money to send these very special kids to great summer camps,” said KOA CEO Jim Rogers. “This event has proven to be extremely popular with both our KOA franchise owners and their campers, and we’re happy to offer it again this year.”

Campers can to go to www.KOA.com <http://www.koa.com/> to see a list of participating campgrounds and make their reservations. Some campgrounds will be offering their kabins and luxury Lodges for the event, so campers are encouraged to not wait to make their reservations.

Kampgrounds of America, founded on the banks of the Yellowstone River in 1962, is now the world’s largest system of open-to-the-public family campgrounds. KOA has 475 locations in the United States and Canada.