A massive stay-at-home campout is happening in BC this month

May 7 2020, 5:05 pm

A BC family has started an at-home camping phenomenon all for a good cause.

A few ago Kelly Tarry and her family from Surrey started a Facebook group for their BC Stay-at-Home Campout. The idea was simple: campers would set up an at-home site with their outdoor gear or blanket forts and donate a $5 “camping fee” to raise money to support the  BCCDC Foundation for Public Health’s Emergency Response Fund for COVID-19.

Hosted on April 25, the first campout was a huge success with over 120 families from across BC joining in. The original goal was to raise $1,000 and the keen campers managed to surpass that goal by collecting $3,905 in donations.

“The concept was pretty simple, we wanted to find a safe fun initiative that would keep the children engaged while educating them about what is happening in our communities and doing something positive to support the efforts to combat this virus,” said Tarry in an email to Daily Hive.

Due to popular demand, the Tarry family is hosting a second campout and the BCCDC Foundation is joining in.

The second Stay-at-Home Campout will take place on May 16 — during the long weekend — and encourages families of all sizes to make a fort, or pitch their tents at home in order to reconnect with a common Canadian summer activity during a time in which camp-grounds are not open.

With a minimum donation of $5 for “camping fee”, gather your household for a night IN you won’t forget.

Donations can be made online  and campers are encouraged to join the Facebook group to share photos and be part of this fantastic stay-at-home community.

Don’t forget the marshmallows!

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article stated the BC Centre for Disease Control was hosting the event. That was incorrect and the article has been amended to reflect that change.