Massachusetts Celebrates the Great Outdoors in June

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(Photo: Governor Baker at 2016 Capital Campout at Fort Independence)

Today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is declaring June as Great Outdoors Month in Massachusetts. See the Governor’s proclamation below.

Governor Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker are participating in the second annual Capital Campout at Fort Independence at Castle Island in South Boston.

They’re joined by Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy, and fourth grade students from the Franklin D. Roosevelt School in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

This event is meant to highlight support for the Massachusetts State Parks and demonstrate the importance of active and healthy outdoor, community-building activities for Massachusetts children.

“Introducing kids and adults to new recreational opportunities…is important to inspire families to learn about new places and engage in new experiences together to share adventures that will last a lifetime,” the proclamation reads.

The Capital Campout program is a national initiative that targets youth with little exposure to America’s outdoor legacy and helps to increase visitation at parks. At Independence Park, Governor and Mrs. Baker will participate with the students and their families in learning camping skills. They will camp out overnight, setting up tents, building a campfire and cooking over it. The event includes fun activities such as a group campfire, storytelling, singing, games and a tour of the fort.

In 2015, Massachusetts created a Public Service Announcement (PSA) Video that launched Great Outdoors Month.

The video was selected by the American Recreation Coalition and The Coleman Company as one of five national video winners to receive $1,000 grant, which Governor Baker is giving to All Out Adventures, a non-profit organization that provides recreation program for people of all abilities, including individuals with disabilities and their families, often in Massachusetts state park facilities.

Below is a copy of the Great Outdoors Month Proclamation

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