CASTLE ROCK, Wash. — Tents for Troops today announced it picked up a key endorsement from Paul Bambei, the executive director of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
In a letter sent to member campgrounds, Bambei wrote:
“I am writing to you today to appeal to your sense of patriotic pride, hoping you’ll join ARVC in support of a very worthwhile cause called Tents for Troops.
“Charlie Curry, founder of Tents for Troops, has been working diligently for 10 years to give active duty service members and their families a place to camp while on leave. In this 10-year term, he has enlisted more than 400 campgrounds to take part, something he and his small team receive no pay or compensation for their effort.
“We as an industry and an association of nearly 3,000 campgrounds can do better than just 400. The program, which you can learn more about by going to www.tentsfortroops.org, “pays it forward” by allowing RV parks and campgrounds to show thanks to the many, many service members who put their lives on the line for us every day to make sure we are safe at home.
“Most often, these military families bring friends and family along with them which, of course, would be charged your normal rates. I encourage you to participate in the Tents for Troops program when Charlie calls you. Better yet, give him a call at 505.425.9015 and volunteer before he has to ask.”
Tents for Troops is a non profit 501c3 organization that provides free RV and camping sites to active duty military members and their families nationwide. The group currently has member parks in 48 states.
Tents for Troops utilizes only vacant RV and camping sites and the group never asks a park to donate a site that could otherwise have rented. All they ask is that campgrounds provide two sites for two nights, if requested by active duty military members if the RV park has vacant sites at the time.
“These can be any two sites you happen to have at the time,” said Founder Charlie Curry. “You may block off holiday weekends and special events, and Tents for Troops does not allow drop-in campers. Troops must call your park directly or make reservations through your web site or reservations system.”
For more information, visit tentsfortroops.org or call 503.425.9105. Campground owners or managers can sign up on line as well.