Camping for Beginners


Want to learn how to camp but where to begin? Enjoy camping but haven’t been in a while, and need a refresher on basic skills? Then this post is for you!

On November 12 and 13, South Carolina State Parks is holding their 12th Annual Palmetto Campout at Sesquicentennial State Park, here in Columbia. At the campout, you and your family will enjoy an overnight camping experience at the park, where you’ll learn basic camping techniques from the experts; an SC Park Ranger! You’ll be taught about things like how to build a fire, camp cooking, and more! Don’t have a tent? No problem! The park will provide one four-person tent to each attending family. 

All families interested must fill THIS application. It is important to keep in mind that space is limited, so you’ll want to apply as soon as possible. You will then be notified if your application has been accepted. If your application is accepted, you’ll be given information on how to pay the $50 per family (up to six people) registration fee. Also, once you are confirmed for the event, you’ll receive a list of things to pack for your big adventure, so you won’t have to worry about not knowing what to bring. 

The deadline to apply is October 31 at 5 p.m., and you can submit your application by mail, email, or fax.

For more information, you can contact Sesquicentennial State Park via email ([email protected]) or phone (803.788.2706).

If camping is something that you’ve always wanted to try, but you’ve never been sure how to get started, you won’t want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity! It doesn’t get better than this! Cooler temperatures, a short drive to the park, guidance from a camping expert, and plenty of activities for the whole family. This is the perfect way to start creating a new family tradition, or to make it come alive again! 

Not sure about camping with young children? We’ve got you covered! Check out one of our helpful articles on how to do just that!

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Luz Zertuche Mery
Luz has been happily married for seven years and is a proud mom to three girls, four years and under. She is originally from Mexico but has lived in Tennessee, Texas, and South Carolina. South Carolina has been her family's home for almost two years (but they have been in Columbia only six months, so she is eager to explore all the city and its surroundings have to offer). So far, she has really enjoyed going to the Riverfront Park, picking strawberries at different farms, eating ice cream at Rosewood Dairy Bar, and going to events at the State Fairgrounds. She is a stay-at-home mom, avid churchgoer, and community helper. Some of her passions include reading, cooking/baking, listening to music, learning new languages, exercising by watching fitness videos, and traveling. She recently started to learn all about gardening and loves it (it has turned into a family activity for the weekends).


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