continued “This is one of the more family-friendly events that are put on to help our cause,” said Hmiel.
Local restaurants provide free breakfast and dinner for campers, who have the option of staying from one to four nights. Each night there is a family activity like a softball game or an ice cream social, and demonstrations from local wildlife and astronomy groups.
The site is guarded by security during the day so camper can keep their regular work or social schedules.
“This is an especially good way to introduce camping to people who have never done it before because it is happening in a very controlled environment,” said Ware. “It’s also fun for families not too experienced with the outdoors and if they don’t have the equipment, we can find stuff for them.”
The 19th Annual Tent-A-Thon runs from Thursday, Aug. 9, to Monday, Aug. 13, in Tawasentha Park. Those looking to participate can register online by visiting www.capitaldistricthabitat.org or volunteers will be on site the day of the event if additional people would like to camp at the last minute.