Rue Mapp to Camp in Park Model This Weekend

April 16, 2012 by   - () Comments Off on Rue Mapp to Camp in Park Model This Weekend

Rue Mapp

Rue Mapp has spent many nights camping in tents and sleeping bags with her three children.

But when the Oakland, Calif., family visits the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA in La Selva Beach this weekend, they’re going to try something new – two nights in a cozy park model cabin, known as a “lodge” in KOA parlance, according to a news release.

“Park model cabins are the newest additions at many campgrounds across the country, so we wanted to check them out for ourselves,” said Mapp, who is becoming increasingly well known for her pioneering work to reconnect the African-American community with camping and other outdoor recreation activities through

The website, which Mapp started three years ago, encourages African-Americans across the country to network with one another to plan outdoor recreation activities together, such as hiking, camping, biking, climbing and river rafting.

Mapp, in fact, has gained so much notoriety for her website, that she is frequently invited by the White House to share her ideas on ways to better engage African-Americans in healthy activities in the Great Outdoors.

Two years ago, the White House invited Mapp to participate in the White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors. She was subsequently invited to participate in a White House brainstorming session for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, offering her ideas and insights on ways to engage Americans to become more involved in outdoor recreation activities.

This year, the White House invited Mapp to attend the National Parks Centennial and to assist the Department of Interior with her input on ways to engage African-American families in outdoor recreation.

“I understand how families can improve their physical and emotional well-being through camping and other activities in nature,” Mapp said, adding that the cabins that KOA and other campgrounds now provide are important because these rental accommodations makes it possible for people who don’t have camping equipment or RVs to participate in the camping experience.”

Mapp plans to shoot video, blog and tweet about her experiences camping this weekend.

One of the new Kamping Lodge with loft units at the Santa Cruz/Monterey KOA.

The Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA is within earshot of the ocean, and visitors typically spend much of their time walking along the beach and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature near the campground.

And even though Mapp and her family will stay in the relative comfort of a KOA Lodge, complete with their own kitchen and bathroom, they’ll still be able to barbecue and roast s’mores over an open campfire.

“My kids and I can’t wait to get there,” she said.

KOA is sponsoring Mapp’s trip in cooperation with the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC), which is supporting Mapp’s efforts to actively promote camping and other outdoor recreation activities in the African American community.

For more information on and on Mapp’s upcoming camping trips, please contact Rue Mapp at (510) 913-6100 or email her at For more information on the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and its efforts to increase the levels of African American participation in camping and RVing, please contact Debbie Sipe at (530) 885-1624 and visit



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