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Registration open for Learn to Camp with your Family program

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Ever wanted to camp with the family, but are not quite sure how to go about it?  The Arizona Family Campout Program is for you.  

This is a one weekend class designed for families that have little to no experience camping. The program will provide tents, sleeping mats and will show families how fun and exciting camping can be at an Arizona State Park. 

During the program families will work with a Camp Coordinator and other families, learning how to set up tents, prepare meals outside; there will be additional activities available and will vary depending on the park, like mountain biking, hiking, fishing, archery, geocaching, animal demonstrations, campfire stories, birding and lots more.  Families will also be able to work on a service project. 

The following parks will be participating in the spring: 

-Kartchner Caverns SP, Benson (Session A): April 11 & 12 
-Catalina SP, Tucson (Session B): April 18 & 19 
-Lost Dutchman SP, Apache Junction (Session B): April 18 & 19 
-Kartchner Caverns SP, Benson (Session B): April 25 & 26 

According to an Arizona State Parks release, families should bring food, sleeping bags or any bedding, pillows, camping chairs, flashlights, clothing, sturdy shoes and personal items including toothpaste, towels, soap, etc. The program will provide tents, sleeping mats, lanterns, GPS units, and all activity equipment. Beverages provided include water, coffee, tea, and Gatorade. Snacks provided include: fruits, vegetables, granola bars and trail mix. Families are responsible for bringing for two lunches, dinner and breakfast. Menu ideas and packing tips are provided on the website at AZStateParks.com/Family.

Registration for spring is now open at AZStateParks.com/Family. The program fee is $70 for a family of 4. Additional family members are $5 each. Sorry, children 5 years and younger or pets cannot attend this program. Registration is limited and is first-come, first-served. For more information and to register visit AZStateParks.com/Family.

The Arizona Family Campout Program is made possible by an AmeriCorps grant through the Arizona Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism. AmeriCorps is a National Service initiative, promoted and supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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