Goose Creek offering proper campsite techniques

Published 6:12 pm Thursday, July 10, 2014

The inexperienced camper has a chance to gain more knowledge about how to make a proper campsite at Goose Creek State Park on Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

For those two hours, children and adults are encouraged to visit campsite No.1 at the park to properly learn how to pitch a tent, store food and enjoy s’mores.

“This is for families that want to find out more about what camping is like,” said Jane McAllister, an assistant park ranger. “It is also for kids that are interested in seeing what a tent looks like and to introduce them to our campground as well.”

The program will not teach campers how to build a fire, just to properly set up a tent, according to McAllister.

“Kids will be allowed to play in the tents and eat s’mores and see the campsite supplies,” McAllister said.

The park rangers will provide young campers a checklist to learn what supplies are needed for camping.

“This is just more for beginners who may have never seen a tent setup or more for people who want to see our campground and get a good understanding of what camping is really like,” McAllister said.

Part of the education for the campers on Sunday will be proper food storage to keep food fresh and away from wildlife.

Park rangers recommend keeping all food locked up to keep wild animals from destroying the campsite and getting used to eating food from humans.

For more information about the Beginner Camping Experience call Goose Creek State Park at 252-923-2191.

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