Cartmells Serve Their Community Through Campground
In support of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout, Countryside Family Campground near Honesdale, Pa., will offer free camping all this weekend, as well as cut rates on cabin rentals.
Tim Cartmell, owner of the campground located about seven miles north of Honesdale off Route 670, said he and his wife Debbie decided to participate in the event in an effort to encourage people who haven’t camped before to get out and enjoy nature’s bounty, the Wayne Independent reported.
“We got the idea from a place we went to in New Hampshire,” Tim said, “We went skiing, and when we went pay, they told us we didn’t have to, because it was free that day. I thought that was a great idea, and maybe a great way to encourage people who might not be able to afford it to get out and spend some time with their family without all the regular distractions.”
The Cartmells have a host of themed activities planned for the weekend, they say, plus they have a miniature golf course at their peacefully wooded site, and best of all, they have a nice in-ground pool to help campers beat the heat. They also have a chicken barbecue planned for guests.
About 15 RV sites remain unreserved at mid-week, as well as a similar number of tent sites.
To reserve a site, visit the Countryside website at www.countrysidefamilycampground.com or give the Cartmells a call at (570)253-0424.
Meanwhile, on June 25, Countryside will also host a 5K race to benefit Habitat For Humanity.
A marathon racer himself, Cartmell says he has noticed that there are very few races in this area, so he wanted to get something started.
Citing a recent survey that links decreased cholesterol to exercise rather than medication, he said promoting fitness can only be a good thing.
Asked why he chose Habitat For Humanity as the beneficiary for the fundraiser, Cartmell had this to say:
“I grew up poor. My mother raised nine of us alone, so I know what it’s like to have very little. Habitat For Humanity is one program that offers people a chance in life. I think that’s a great thing, and I want to support it.”
To register for the race, go to the Countryside website, where a downloadable application can be found at the top of the page.