Unfurl the tent and air the mothballs out of the trailer.  Camping season is just around the corner and Kampgrounds Of America (KOA) is set to kick things off with their 8th annual fundraising opener:  Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend, May 13th and 14th.

It’s two for the price of one!  KOA campers, who pay for their night’s stay on Friday, May 13th, are treated to a free night on Saturday, May 14th.

Throughout the weekend, campers have the opportunity to participate in fun activities and events designed to raise awareness and funds for KOA Care Camps.

KOA Care Camps have 43 locations across Canada and the United States, offering a “true summer camp experience,” to children battling cancer.  The camps are fully equipped with medications, medical equipment and knowledgeable staff, to offer a specialized environment for the kids.

When cancer strikes a child their siblings feel it too.  So, brothers and sisters are invited to attend summer camp, to allow sick children and their healthy siblings to enjoy the experience together.  Everyone is able to leave the stress of illness at the hospital and take back a piece of childhood.

KOA Care Camps are staffed by professionals who volunteer their time for the kids.  Nevertheless, summer camps come with unavoidable expenses, particularly camps of such a special nature.  Utilities, meals, recreation and program supplies, and medical supplies are among the necessities that need to be financed to make camp a reality for as many children as possible.

By offering visitors a free night on opening weekend, KOA gives their guests the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ by donating to KOA Care Camps and giving some very deserving children the chance to lose themselves in a week of carefree summer fun.

Over the past eight years, Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend has become a tradition for a lot of families.  Participating campgrounds fill up quickly, so act fast to reserve your site.  A free night of camping, a weekend of fun and a wonderful cause; it’s a good, better, best situation that is not to be missed. – Jen R, Staff Writer


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