In New York, Free Gear for First-time Campers

From tents to lanterns, firewood to personal guides, the State of New York gave 40 new campers an outdoor adventure to remember.
Campfire in the Catskills

A campfire in the Catskills.

Never camped before? For 40 New Yorkers, they got the intro of a lifetime: a state-sponsored, guided "learn to camp" weekend of hiking, fishing, and fire-building. Even better, their experience came free with everything they needed, including six-person tents and camp chairs, thanks to a promotion fund provided by ReserveAmerica.