You're never too old to learn about camping at Oregon's State Parks. No gear? No problem. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has started a program called Let's Go Camping. The program gives people the opportunity to experience the joys of overnight camping, even if they've never been camping before.
Parks employee Jimmy Childs started the program. He and his volunteer staff spend many of their weekends sharing their camping passion and knowledge with inexperienced campers. It's Camping 101 with lots of fun enjoying nature, fresh air, and s'mores. Learn about campfire safety and Dutch oven cooking.
Camping gear is supplied for the particpants that need it. At a cost of just $20 per family, it's too much of a bargain to pass up. For more information, contact Jimmy Childs at 503-872-5324 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for a weekend, call Reservations Northwest at 1-888-953-7677.
Below is a list of the Let's Go Camping events and locations from 2012 to give you an idea of the camping adventures and experiences available. Contact the program coordinator for the current year's schedule.
If you're interested in sharing your camping knowledge as a volunteer for this innovative program, contact Jill Nishball at 503-986-0752 or email@example.com. Camp at a State Park for free and help others to learn why camping outdoors can be a great experience no matter the age.
Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest. He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.
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