> SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE! 

Ind. Gov. Mike Pence shakes hands with Daniel Bortner, director of state parks and reserviors,as first lady Pence heads into Coachmen motorhome provided by Mount Comfort RV with RVIC's Mark Bowersox in the background

Ind. Gov. Mike Pence shakes hands with Daniel Bortner, director of state parks and reserviors,as first lady Pence heads into Coachmen motorhome provided by Mount Comfort RV with RVIC’s Mark Bowersox in the background

Intermittent rain yesterday (June 17) couldn’t dampen the spirits of approximately 30 young campers at Indiana’s first Capital Campout, held at Fort Harrison state park just outside of Indianapolis. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence led the “Mile with Mike” hike with the grade-school kids who camped out, according to Matt Rose of the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (RVIC).

“If you had a great time and enjoyed the camping, fishing and hiking here at the park, there are over 30 more wonderful state parks to enjoy here in Indiana,” said Pence before heading out for the hike.

Indiana is one of 13 states hosting Governor’s Capital Campouts as part of Great Outdoors Month. The campout’s goals are to reach youth with little exposure to outdoor recreation and to highlight the availability of outdoor recreation to the public.

Ind. Gov. Mike Pence addresses youth at the 2015 Capitol Campout at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.

Ind. Gov. Mike Pence addresses youth at the 2015 Capitol Campout at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.

The group of young campers comprised urban youth who enjoyed every aspect of camping. Among other activities, the campers rode horses, caught fish and cooked their own dinner over a campfire. For most of the kids, this was a first time experience.

Along with the American Recreation Coalition, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, The Coleman Company and others, RVIC and Mount Comfort RV of Greenfield, Ind., partnered with Camptown of Indianapolis to host Indiana’s first capital campout.