Tents for Troops has created a petition on the White House’s “We the People” site asking President Obama to issue an executive order compelling parks/recreation areas on all federal lands to allow free camping for active military and active reserves.
The Tents for Troops program, which RV parks and campgrounds can join by donating two sites for two nights, has spread to more than 40 states. Founder Charlie Curry said the nonprofit organization needs 25,000 petition signatures by May 1 to elevate the request to the Obama administration.
“We’re asking for your help,” said Curry, who also owns Toutle River RV Resort in Castle Rock, Wash. “Please visit our petition [click here]. In order to sign it you must register with your name and email address and must confirm your email address via a confirmation email message from the site. Once registered you may add your name to the support of this request. Feel free to share this link with everyone you know and encourage them to support our troops in this small but significant way.”
The executive order Curry hopes is issued would compel parks and recreation areas on all federal lands to allow a minimum of two nights of free camping for active military, reserves and their immediate families, providing space is available. Reservations would be required at all parks. This includes National and U.S. Forest Service Parks, Bureau of Land Management areas, RV parks/campgrounds owned by the military, and more.
Click here to watch a short video explaining the petition drive, which includes a special message from Master Sgt. Forrest Brown, an active member of the military, an RVer and Tents for Troops user.
“Complimentary access to our national lands, the joys that a camping/RV vacation can provide, helping build and restore family bonds and make memories that last a lifetime is one small but significant way we can say ‘thank you for your service’,” Curry said.