Free Campouts for Newbies

State hopes to get families into parks

New York State will provide free stocked campsites this summer at various state parks to encourage families who have never camped to get into the woods. The First-Time Camper program, which takes place on weekends from July 7 through Aug. 25, hopes to provide a “turnkey camping experience” for families, especially those from underserved communities, by providing a family sized tent, sleeping bags and pads, camp chairs, a lantern and firewood, as well as onsite lessons in Camping 101.

Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 9 a.m. on May 17. Call 518-474-6718.

The campsites where the program is being offered.

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