June is Great Outdoors Month across the United States, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be participating with the state’s first Capital Campout and related activities June 17-18 at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis.

Although the governor will not be camping, he will deliver a proclamation the morning of June 18 followed by hosting a “Mile with Mike” walk at Fort Benjamin Harrison with the grade school kids who camped the night before.

“Gov. Pence and his family enjoy the great outdoors and he is looking forward to participating in the Capital Campout,” said Kara Brooks, a spokesman for the governor.

The Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council, Inc. (IMHA-RVIC), along with Mount Comfort RV of Greenfield, Ind., which will provide RVs for the campout, are assisting with the event.

“RVIC is committed to putting more Hoosiers in RVs and in our state’s parks and campgrounds. The Capital Campout is a terrific way to introduce new people to RV’s, camping and outdoor recreation, and it helps our entire industry,” said Matt Rose, IMHA-RVIC director of recreation vehicles.

Indiana is one of 13 states participating in Great Outdoors Month with a Capital Campout. Others include Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

Campouts are made possible by a wide range of agencies and partners led by the state park agencies and Great Outdoors Month Founding Sponsor The Coleman Company, Inc., which is donating camping supplies, gear and funding to engage youth with an outdoor recreation experience. 

Other sponsors include the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association, Delaware North Companies, Whole Foods, Albertsons, OFF!, Revolution Foods and more.

Great Outdoors Month is sponsored by the American Recreation Coalition, a nonprofit, Washington-based federation that provides a unified voice for recreation interests to ensure their full and active participation in government policy-making on issues such as public land management.