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Porter County Parks Foundation donates funds for camping cabins at Sunset Hill Park

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Youth summer campers who participated in 2018 camps at Sunset Hill Farm were the first to enjoy new cabins at the park’s campground this year. The cabins were made possible by the Porter County Park’s Foundation, which raised $7,500 for the construction.

In previous years, the overnight stays were subject to weather issues, sometimes resulting in cancellations.

“The addition of the cabins at Sunset Hill Farm for use by Camp FUNset has been a tremendous asset,” noted Porter County Parks program director Nichole Shaefer-Murray. “They have allowed campers to experience overnights complete with cooking their own meals outdoors, night hikes, campfires and more - despite what the weather may bring. This is a valuable experience for these kids who would previously be very disappointed when interrupted by inclement weather.”

Camp overnights occur for one night of the week-long summer camp, which runs for a total of eight weeks every summer. While camp is for children in kindergarten through grade 8, students in third grade or above can enjoy the overnight to enhance their camp experience. Each week of camp features a different theme, so participants can sign up for multiple weeks and still have unique experiences, including a weekly field trip that matches the theme.

Although the cabins are not currently available for use by the general public, the parks department plans to change that. Family and group campers should expect rentals for the cabins to begin in 2019.

More information about CampFUNset at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, as well as info about camping at Sunset Hill, can be found on Porter County Parks and Recreation’s website, Early registration for summer camp begins each year in February.



Posted 10/15/2018





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