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Wisconsin Celebrates Outdoors Month

June 13, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett and former Green Bay Packer William Henderson play camp games to celebrate "Go Camping Wisconsin" at Merry Mac's Campground in Merrimac, Wis.

Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett and former Green Bay Packers Gilbert Brown and William Henderson kicked off this summer’s “Go Camping Wisconsin” initiative at Merry Mac’s Campground on Saturday (June 11) in Merrimac, Wis.

The Wisconsin “celebrity camp out” is part of a national initiative to get families outdoors and spend time together through affordable camping experiences, according to a news release.

President Obama proclaimed June as national Great Outdoors Month building upon First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” effort to help children eat more nutritious foods, lead healthier lives, and increase their physical activity. In recognition of Great Outdoors Month, the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners (WACO) has partnered with the Gilbert Brown Foundation to offer special discounts, prizes and contests during the month of June.

“It wasn’t until I began working with WACO campgrounds that I even realized what camping was. I never even heard of a S’more. Now, I RV camp with my own family and know how much camping provides a fun opportunity to spend family time together and get outdoors,” Brown said. “Camping encourages kids to get outdoors instead of playing video games.”

The Outdoor Industry Association reports that 44 million people participated in camping in 2009. Wisconsin boasts 784 campgrounds that are home to 68,448 campsites, 432 more sites than in 2009 according to a report prepared by Davidson-Peterson for the Department of Tourism.

“Today’s camping experience is very different than what most people imagine because the options in Wisconsin are truly endless. You can camp in a yurt, tree house, villa, a covered wagon … whatever our tourism industry can dream up,” Klett said. “In fact, many private campgrounds offer amenities like kitchens, sleeping lofts for kids, decks, grills and TV’s. You can have a 5 star home away from home and have access to all of the traditional camping activities.”

“Camping is a relatively inexpensive way to experience Wisconsin’s outdoors in a fun and healthy environment and create family memories that will last a lifetime,” said WACO Executive Director Lori Severson. “Depending on the camping experience, a family of four can camp and enjoy lots of inclusive fun starting at just $40 for the weekend.”

WACO is offering several promotions and giveaways during the month of June to make camping even more budget friendly for families:

Participating WACO members are offering 20% off camping through Saturday, June 25. Discount coupon is available on www.wisconsincampgrounds.com.

Camp at any WACO campground during the month of June and register on www.wisconsincampgrounds.com to win a $500 camping package.

Post a photo from your camping experience on the WACO Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/wisconsincampgrounds and enter to win a $500 camping package. Also post your photo to the Travel Wisconsin Facebook page for a chance to win $250 in free gas.

Participating WACO campgrounds will be selling T-shirts with a QR code that allows campers to track and share their outdoor activities with others on the WACO Facebook page.

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