For immediate release: June 22, 2016
Gov. Pence hosts Capital Campout at Fort Harrison State Park
More than 50 kids from Indianapolis-area youth centers will camp at Fort Harrison State Park June 23 and 24, and enjoy a Friday morning hike with Gov. Mike Pence.
Dubbed the Capital Campout, the event is one of more than a dozen outdoor camping experiences hosted by governors nationwide in June. The goal is to promote outdoor recreation as part of Great Outdoors Month 2016. Participants will hike, fish, ride horses, cook outdoors, camp and more.
“As we mark Indiana State Parks’ centennial year, it is altogether fitting that we share with young Hoosiers the rich history and beauty our state parks have to offer at this year’s Capital Campout,” Pence said. “From the banks of the Wabash, to the shores of Lake Michigan, to the treetops of Brown County State Park, I encourage Hoosiers across the state to explore Indiana’s unique, natural treasures.”
America’s youth now average more than seven hours a day of electronic screen time, resulting in a more sedentary lifestyle with serious health risks. Physicians have touted fun outdoors as a remedy to this trend. Pence encourages Indiana’s youth to get outdoors, particularly at DNR properties like state parks.
Indiana’s Capital Campout is made possible by Indiana State Parks and Great Outdoors Month’s founding sponsor, The Coleman Company, which is donating camping supplies, gear and funding.
Other partners include CampTown, Recreational Vehicle Indiana Council, The Kroger Co., Indiana Trail Riders Association, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, and the Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis.
“Indiana’s Capital Campout is one of several tools that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is using to encourage youngsters to get outdoors,” said DNR director Cam Clark.
Clark said others include the supporting President Barack Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative; the Indiana Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights; Indiana State Parks’ centennial curriculum that includes opportunities for free visits to state parks for participating students; Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grants to schools; GoFishIN workshops; hunter, boater and archery education; and hunting heritage activities.
Follow Indiana’s Capital Campout at @INDNRstateparks with #capitalcampoutIN or #capitalcampout. Learn more about Indiana State Parks programs for youth and schools at stateparks.IN.gov/2419.htm and dnr.IN.gov/kids.
For more information about Capital Campouts and Great Outdoors Month® visit greatoutdoorsmonth.org.
Fort Harrison does not have a public campground and does not offer camping on a regular basis. The Capital Campout will take place at Delaware Lake.
Members of the media are welcome at the campout.
Fort Harrison State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2982.htm) is at 5753 Glenn Road, Indianapolis, 46216.
Media contact: Ginger Murphy (317) 417-4926, and Carl Lindell (317), 775-8076, DNR Division of State Parks.