Since the thread "PopUpPortal non-profit fund for campers with Special Needs" http://www.popupportal.com/index.php?topic=81155.0, was started (thanks to the wonderful people that got that going!! ) I had an idea to get more families camping. The initial costs to camp even for 1 night adds up pretty quick (tent/sleeping bags/cooler/cookware/lantern/flashlights/chairs) especially if you have never been camping and have no gear. It would be terrible if the family or kids did not cope well due to a change in schedule and such and now have spent $$ on camping gear. My son has Down Syndrome (DS) and is quite flexible as far as going camping and road trips , he is not a runner nor escape artist, I know many kids in the DS community with sensory issues that would not handle the change from their own bed to a tent/camper on the occasional weekend. But how would you know if you did not try? Patrick loves to camp and be outdoors, I see his little mind work so much harder to figure things out while being away from home, I just absolutely love watching him learn something new , especially when he remembers something from months back !! Here is where my idea comes into play. If anyone that wants to host a 'new' family for a part day, such as 3-8pm, to let the family come out and try an afternoon of camping and maybe hot dogs and s'mores over the fire. This would be a very low cost way (s'more kit, hotdogs/buns/condiments/stick) for new families to see if their kiddo's are able to handle the changes camping brings. I would love to have a local family bring their kids out for a day and if it goes well then they can bite the bullet and buy camping gear. I would even go as far as letting a family use my tent and kind of co-camp to try it for a night or two. I do not have the answers as to how to get these 2 groups of people together (the new families and the Pup-Hosts) but that is something else behind this post. This is a volunteer only basis, when you want and not your every camping trip unless that is what you want.