Michigan Trying to Attract First Time Campers

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July 8, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

gander_logoTravel Michigan and Gander Mountain are making it easier for city folks to enjoy the great outdoors with a new "First Time Campers" program. The program is being offered at 15 state-owned campgrounds across the state of Michigan and it's aimed at people who are new to camping, according to 

For a $20 rental fee, they'll get a tent and some gear needed for a two-night stay. When they check in, a park ranger will walk them through the process of setting up camp and settling in. While the campers won't get to keep the gear they use, Gander Mountain will be offering discounts on the equipment they'll be trying. Vehicle fees to state parks and camping fees still apply. 

Gear provided by Gander Mountain for each participating location: 

  • 1 tent 
  • 1 tarp 
  • 2 camp chairs 
  • 1 flashlight 
  • 1 lantern 
  • 1 stove 
  • 4 hot dog/marshmallow cookers 
  • 2 fishing poles 

    To learn more about the first-time campers program, visit or call (888) 78-GREAT.

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