First-Time Camper Program


There has never been a better time to try camping for the first time! Award-winning Pennsylvania State Parks has teamed up with Gander Mountain to offer camping to first-time campers at participating parks.This is the logo of Gander Mountain: We live outdoors.

For just $20, a weekend’s worth of fresh air, family memories and fun are yours to be had.  

Campers get two nights of camping, equipment rental and hands-on instruction on how to camp by state park expert campers. You won't be able to keep the gear, but you'll receive great discounts on everything you're trying out, plus more!


Call the following participating Pennsylvania state parks to make a reservation.

Black Moshannon814-342-5960
Chapman814-723-0250
Colonel Denning717-776-5272
Gifford Pinchot717-432-5011
Hills Creek570-724-4246
Little Pine570-753-6000
Locust Lake570-467-2404
Ole Bull814-435-5000
Parker Dam814-765-0630
Raymond B. Winter570-966-1455
Ryerson Station724-428-4254
Sinnemahoning814-647-8401
Tobyhanna570-894-8336