A non-profit group that helps inner-city youth experience camping in the Cape

PROVINCETOWN – Dunes’ Edge campground is one of three camps to receive $25,000 in camping gear this summer for youth who don’t have access to quality outdoor spaces.

The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s first non-profit land conservation organization, is partnering with NEMO Equipment, a New Hampshire-based outdoor equipment company, to provide equipment and expertise.

Besides Dunes’ Edge in Provincetown, Rocky Woods campground in Medfield and Tully Lake campground in Royalston receive equipment. All three camps are owned by The Trustees.

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The initiative aims to expand access to overnight camping and outdoor experiences to Boston-area youth, for whom camping is unreasonable due to the cost of equipment. This is the second year that Trustees have made more “a concerted effort to reach under-resourced youth,” said Trustees’ Outdoor Experience Program Director, Jane Klein.

Jane Klein, Director of External Experience for Reservations Trustees.

Helping city kids discover camping

Klein said the organization wants to “allow young people from the city with opportunities to experience what the camps are like, and then give them the opportunity to see parts of the states that they might not otherwise be able to get to because of the accessibility.”

The Trustees of Reservations were founded in Boston in 1890 by landscape architect Charles Eliot. It now operates 123 sites or preserves in Massachusetts that encompass more than 27,000 acres.

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