Maine camping contest helps families get away

4:11 PM, May 17, 2010   |    comments
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LIBERTY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine's Bureau of Public Lands is trying to interest more families in camping. For the third year, it is running a contest which gives forty groups a fully-outfitted weekend of camping.

"It's almost like camping has skipped a generation," says Will Harris, the Director of The Bureau of Parks and Lands.  "Most people want to try camping, but they don't want to be unsuccessful."  This program takes the possibility of failure out of it.

That's because everything is provided, including a fifty-dollar gift certificate for food.  A Ranger at the park is there to help set up the campsite and offer advice.

The Nutting family of Vassalboro was one of the winners last year.  Amy Nutting said the family had a great time at Cobscook Bay State Park in Washington County, "It was just so great for our family.  It was no TV, no radio.  We talked and hung out together and it was just really, realy nice for our whole family to get away from everything."

All of the families get to keep the sleeping bags that will be provided.  One overall winner will keep all of the equipment that is being provided, such as tent, lanterns and stove.

It only takes about a minute to enter the contest.  There is a link to the right.  Good luck!

NEWS CENTER

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