Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Ohio DNR offers 'Camping 101 Program' in June, July for first-time campers

COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio State Parks will offer families an opportunity to experience camping for the first time with all the gear provided, along with helpful tips from experts, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“Camping 101” weekends are scheduled for June 21-23 at Alum Creek State Park, June 28-30 at Deer Creek State Park, July 12-14 at Buck Creek State Park and July 19-21 at Delaware State Park.

Up to 10 families, or groups up to six, can participate in each Camping 101 weekend. The Camping 101 participants get two nights of camping at a discounted rate of $20 per night, plus some meals, and free use of camping equipment including a six-person tent, sleeping bags, camp chairs, cooler, cook stove and skillet. Each Camping 101 group will be assigned to their own scenic campsite with a picnic table and fire ring, with campground restrooms and showers nearby. This program is specifically targeted for families who are interested in learning how to camp.

Camper hosts at the participating parks will offer help for the first-time campers on the basics, such as campsite set-up, outdoor cooking and building a campfire. Other activities planned for the weekend include nature programs and hikes, family fishing and movies at the campground amphitheater.

Interested persons can register by calling 614-265-7077 or sending an email to jean.backs@dnr.state.oh.us with their preferred date and location. Participation is limited to the first 10 groups to sign up for each location on the specified date.

‘Explore Your Parks’ is a nationwide program sponsored in Ohio by The North Face. In addition to providing the camping gear for the Camping 101 program, The North Face stores in Columbus and Cleveland are also offering discount coupons for 25 percent off camping at any Ohio State Park with purchase of a product.