SYRACUSE, N.Y.– The East Syracuse Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a free overnight camping night for children and their families this Saturday, August 13th.
Families will set up “camp” in the Tolhurst Baseball Field after having a mini pool party in the Hanlon Pool.
The Department’s Assistant Director Keith Caiello says the event is open to everyone.
However, the event focuses on helping families who do not have the transportation or funds to be able to take part in camping activities on their own.
With Syracuse ranking number one in child poverty, many families do not have the means to plan or pay for family outings such as these.
The only item that the event requires families to bring with them is a tent.
However, the department may also be able to help with that.
“We have a few extra tents here for families that need a tent and all that” says Caiello.
Caiello goes on to say that the families will be able to roast marshmallows and take part in other camping activities.
The families will also receive a cooked breakfast the next day including foods like eggs and french toast.
Caiello also says that the department has held other family-friendly events for the community and has some planned for the future.
To secure a spot to the camping event, families can fill out the form that was released on the department’s Facebook page.
Families can either email the completed form to the department or return it to one of the various addresses provided on the form, including Hanlon Pool.
The form and more details are available on the East Syracuse Parks and Recreation Facebook Page.