CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. —First-time campers may borrow gear as part of a Pennsylvania program involving Caledonia State Park and 18 other parks.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is partnering with Gander Mountain to provide first-time campers with needed gear and a reservation for two nights at a participating state park for $20, according to a news release.
Nineteen state parks around the state are participating in the program, including: Black Moshannon, Centre County; Caledonia, Franklin County; Chapman, Warren County; Colonel Denning, Cumberland County; Cook Forest/Clear Creek, Clarion and Jefferson counties; Gifford Pinchot, York County; Hills Creek, Tioga County; Keystone, Westmoreland County; Lackawanna, Lackawanna County; Laurel Hill, Somerset County; Little Pine, Lycoming County; Locust Lake, Schuylkill County; Ole Bull, Potter County; Parker Dam, Clearfield County; Promised Land, Pike County; Pymatuning, Crawford County; R.B. Winter, Union County; Ryerson Station, Greene County; and Sinnemahoning, Cameron and Potter counties.
Reservations should be made by calling the park office directly. The program will run from Memorial Day weekend through the summer.
The gear provided for use by Gander Mountain and DCNR is a four-person tent, rain tarp, four sleeping pads, four camp chairs, flashlight, lantern, camp stove, and four hot dog/marshmallow sticks. The gear must be returned upon departure.
Participants will need to bring their own food, cooking utensils and bedding. Suggested packing lists will be provided.
Information about Pennsylvania state parks can be found online at www.visitPAParks.com.