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Minnesota DNR's 'I Can Camp' program gives novices the chance to le...

There are 17 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 27, 2010, titled Minnesota DNR's 'I Can Camp' program gives novices the chance to le.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Sandal-tanned feet, a cozy campfire, and a glass-calm lake at sunset -- the essence of canoe camping.

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WhatTheHeck

Minneapolis, MN

#1 May 27, 2010
Now who in the heck needs to be shown how to sleep under the stars?$50?
Gar

Farmington, MN

#2 May 28, 2010
Any time I hear the word "Workshop" I cringe. I guess I wasn't meant for these times.
Lou

Saint Paul, MN

#3 May 28, 2010
I hate to say this but I think it's a good idea. I just might do it. Before my idea of roughing it was a motel with a black and white TV.
Ranger47

Saint Paul, MN

#4 May 28, 2010
Wow...and we wonder how clowns like Franken get elected in this state.
Bob

Hastings, MN

#5 May 28, 2010
All you need to camp is some matches, brats a case of beer and a tent........ and I don't charge $50. And if people truly don't know how to start a fire then they should just call it a day and go back to there basement.
the woodweasle

Saint Paul, MN

#6 May 28, 2010
There is something profoundly wrong when our benevolent STATE Govt. decides we're all so stupid that we can't figure out how to pitch a tent or start a campfire to their high standards. Is this another of Sen. Satveer Chaudhary's brilliant schemes?
joeyjojo

Minneapolis, MN

#7 May 28, 2010
this is clearly an attempt to get people to buy more stuff at REI. I guess I kind of like the idea. I don't fully understand why people would bash this concept. If you feel you know what you need to know already, then don't go.

Bob - if you're idea of camping is brats and a case of beer - well, I guess I won't be seeing you out there. but have fun.
Da Range Kid

Saint Paul, MN

#8 May 28, 2010
To Woodweasel...Apparently you have never been to a state park and watched people try to set up a campground.

To Ranger 47...This has nothing to do with politics so keep those commetns out of here.

It would be nice if those of you who comment on everything in the paper would just shut up if you can not come up something intellegent to say.
Bob

Hastings, MN

#9 May 28, 2010
Da Range Kid wrote:
It would be nice if those of you who comment on everything in the paper would just shut up if you can not come up something intellegent to say.
Yeah the 1st amendment is a real B%t*h isn't it? You must be a socialist liberal tree hugger......... so I understand.
Magic

Minneapolis, MN

#10 May 28, 2010
Bob wrote:
All you need to camp is some matches, brats a case of beer and a tent........ and I don't charge $50. And if people truly don't know how to start a fire then they should just call it a day and go back to there basement.
You are right.

I always offer to my gambling friends an alternative casino.

Instead of driving long distances to a casino I'm always willing to take their money and return them 90% of what they give me.

That is a much better return than ANY casino will give.

AND they don't need to waste gas to get to a casino..

None of them have given me any money yet, guess they like the 0 return they get from the casinos.

ESG

Saint Paul, MN

#11 May 28, 2010
Didn't camping and teaching about camping used to be a family thing rather than a state thing? What are we as a society turning into?
Reg and the PFJ

San Francisco, CA

#12 May 28, 2010
I hate to say it, but this is probably a good idea. There are quite a few folks, particularly in Minneapolis/St. Paul, who couldn't pitch a tent or cook over a fire if their lives depended on it. Plus, camping can be a test of self-reliance: After the workshop is over, you have to have the fortitude to exist in the elements, make a meal with whatever you have on-hand, sleep in some sort of adequate shelter, and find enjoyment without electronics. The payoff is enjoyment of nature and family and friends.

Probably better for these folks than slumming around the cities, shooting hoops and sitting in front of the TV.
Magic

Minneapolis, MN

#13 May 28, 2010
City folk really need to learn how to light fires.

Wasn't the BWCAWAWADWE fire lite by a city slicker from out east?
buck

Cold Spring, MN

#14 May 28, 2010
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah the 1st amendment is a real B%t*h isn't it? You must be a socialist liberal tree hugger......... so I understand.
Bob, you're free to show the world your complete ignorance on any subject. Carry on...
WhatTheHeck

Minneapolis, MN

#15 May 28, 2010
Da Range Kid wrote:
To Woodweasel...Apparently you have never been to a state park and watched people try to set up a campground.
To Ranger 47...This has nothing to do with politics so keep those commetns out of here.
It would be nice if those of you who comment on everything in the paper would just shut up if you can not come up something intellegent to say.
Good grief! You don't have to set anything up at a state park. Everything is set up for you. You have hot showers, picnic table, a great spot in which to pitch your tent - what else is there to learn? We could have used a suggestion as to what tent to purchase, but other then that - we did great without anyone teaching us. We got rid of the first tent we purchased and got one that sets up in minutes. That canvas Coleman tent we bought first was NOT the one to purchase. Live and learn - and it didn't cost us a dime. Our choice for a place to camp is Temperance River, although we've chosen not to go quite that far the last couple of times we've gone up to Lake Superior. We've enjoyed Lake Superior up close and the view is like none you pay $300+ a night for. There are a few places we've stayed at that we enjoyed, but at a much higher cost. We've found out that if you want to eat good while you're up there, you have to bring your own food, and we do.
AGBigboss84

Kent, WA

#16 Jun 1, 2010
The idea behind this is to help families who are inexperienced in camping. I work at REI in the camping dept and trust me, there are a lot of people who could use some help. If you wanted to do something new and had no idea how to do it, youre telling me that the best way to learn is just to go blindly at it? Something as "primitive" as camping probably isnt the best idea. Being at REI we get too many people coming in thinking they have a clue but could certainly use some advice. That is what this program is trying to accomplish. If you think that you could go out and camp for anything less than 55 dollars with absolutely no gear, please let me know where I can go. This is just a gateway program to help people feel comfortable getting outdoors.
WhatTheHeck

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Jun 2, 2010
AGBigboss84 wrote:
The idea behind this is to help families who are inexperienced in camping. I work at REI in the camping dept and trust me, there are a lot of people who could use some help. If you wanted to do something new and had no idea how to do it, youre telling me that the best way to learn is just to go blindly at it? Something as "primitive" as camping probably isnt the best idea. Being at REI we get too many people coming in thinking they have a clue but could certainly use some advice. That is what this program is trying to accomplish. If you think that you could go out and camp for anything less than 55 dollars with absolutely no gear, please let me know where I can go. This is just a gateway program to help people feel comfortable getting outdoors.
The last thing I would do is camp primitive. Where we've camped is considered semi-primitive where you have the ideal camping spot, bathroom facilities & showers, and a state ranger on site. An occasional bear might wander into the community campground, but I've already decided that if that happens - I'm going for the car's clicker and honking that car horn like crazy, lol! At least I have a cell phone now and might use that too.

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