Learn2 Camp in Missouri State Parks

Have you ever wanted to explore the great outdoors but didn’t know where to begin? Does your family want to make s’mores over a campfire and sleep under the stars? You’re in luck!  Missouri State Parks is teaching families to learn to camp.

This May and October, families will have a helping hand as they learn the joys of camping in a Missouri state park. In 500 words or less, tell us why your family wants to learn to camp and you could be selected to attend one of three Learn2 Camp programs in state parks around Missouri. We’ll supply the equipment and the expertise. You supply the family and an eagerness to discover nature.

Learn2 Camp Program Details

Missouri State Parks Provides:

  • Camping equipment for use during the event
  • Instructors to teach basic camping skills
  • Campsite (includes picnic table, fire ring; access to showerhouse and restrooms)
  • Recipes/list of food to bring
  • Packing list (a list of what you should bring)

You Provide:

  • Food for meals (we’ll supply a list and teach you how to cook it)
  • Bedding
  • Personal items (soap, toothbrush, etc.)
  • A good attitude and willingness to learn

Things to Consider Before You Apply

  • A free one-night stay camping coupon, good at any Missouri state park, will be given upon completion of the program.
  • This is a family-oriented event. Alcohol and tobacco products are not allowed while participating in the Learn2 Camp Program.
  • One of our goals is to reconnect children with nature. Please consider leaving your electronic games, laptops, computers or kid’s cell phones at home. (See childreninnature.mo.gov for more information on ways to connect your family with nature.
  • Camping is an activity that can be enjoyed in all types of weather and this program will take place rain or shine.  Staff will monitor the forecast to ensure campers are safe from severe weather. Camping can be more enjoyable in any weather if you plan ahead and wear appropriate clothing.
  • A family group is considered up to six people, with at least one person 18 years of age or older. Please include adequate adult supervision for children to  ensure the program can be educational and enjoyable for everyone.

This event will be held in a Missouri state park and all rules and regulations apply.

2016 Dates and Locations

Date Location Application Deadline
May 21-22 Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster April 20
Oct. 8-9 Cuivre River State Park, Troy Sept. 7
Oct. 22-23 Wallace State Park, Cameron Sept. 7
Applications are no longer being accepted.