I'm known for saying, "it takes a lot of stuff" quite frequently. When it comes to camping, it really "takes a lot of stuff." So much stuff, that it discourages many people from even trying a night outdoors. The Department of Environmental Conservation will take care of the stuff part, by offering 1st time campers a free weekend with all the stuff included.

The campsites will not only include the stuff, but a guy to help you set it all up. Gear will include, a family tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camp chairs, lantern and firewood.

The guy is being called a "Camping Ambassador." They will meet you at the at the campsite and in addition to offering some basic camping tips and setup; the Ambassador will share fishing knowledge, hiking, bird watching and paddling info too.  And yes, Polly bathrooms and hot showers are within walking distance.

One of 8 different campgrounds throughout the state will be featured each weekend, July 7 through August 25.  Reservations will be required on a first come basis.  They can be made starting May 17, call 518-474-6718.  Here are the dates and the campgrounds that will be participating.  Click on the links to get specific park information.


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