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Camping 101

First Time Campers Gear Trailer

Michigan is pleased to announce a new opportunity for groups to learn how to camp in a family-friendly group environment. Through the generosity of The North Face, we now have a gear trailer with just about everything needed for a group of 40 adults or 60 youth to experience camping. If interested in using the gear, contact Elissa Buck at with the dates and region where you would like to camp. Pending availability, we can find a campground with space for a group of your size and on-site staff to walk your participants through the process of setting up camp, cooking over a camp stove, starting a campfire, and even making s'mores. This is a great opportunity for youth groups, scout groups or just groups of friends who want to explore if camping is right for them. There is no charge for use of the gear, but campsite fees apply and the Recreation Passport will be required for any vehicle entering the state park. Reserve early, as the calendar is filling up fast!