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Second annual event provided opportunity to local Boys & Girls Club families to discover the great outdoors

PHIL HAWKINS - Campers were invited to take part in a variety of activities at the Governor's Campout, including kayaking at Willamette Mission State Park's Mission Lake.Families from the Boys & Girls Club of Marion and Polk Counties were invited out to Willamette Mission State Park on Saturday and Sunday to take part in the second annual Governor's Campout.

The Oregon Marine Board, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Forestry, the Salem Family YMCA and a team of volunteers helped provide a fun-packed weekend of outdoor experiences. Families rotated between activities such as of hiking, archery, disc golf and other outdoor play.

The campers were then invited to set up tents and camp out at the park while roasting marshmallows, sing songs and tell stories.

The nationwide event is an opportunity to help provide families access to camping because they lack the experience, time or resources, with the hope that the event helps children connect with the outdoors and develop a lifelong passion for nature.PHIL HAWKINS - Volunteers were on hand to help train campers in archery, using compound practice bows to take aim at a variety of targets at the camp's archery course.

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