April 14, 2014 Julian Gothard
The RVing Examiner reported exclusively that Scottsdale Arizona-based Carefree RV Resorts has joined the rapidly increasing roll of Tents for Troops (T4T) members and brought a further 28 RV resorts -- including 14 Canadian parks -- into the Castle Rock, Washington-based organisation’s philanthropic military camping network. “It’s the biggest single day addition to our park roster we have ever seen,” said Charlie Curry, 57, the founder and driving force behind the diminutive 501c3 non-profit advocacy group that has since its inception in 2010, offered active military, reservists and their dependents complimentary camping across America.
Founded as an expression of gratitude for the sacrifices shouldered by America’s military families in service of their country, Curry has almost single-handedly grown the Tents for Troops membership from a solitary campground in the Evergreen State to a 292-strong association of like-minded public and private RV parks and campgrounds (offering a minimum of two free sites for two nights to active military) that stretches from coast to coast.
The inclusion of select campgrounds from Carefree RV Resorts -- who own and operate 79 destination RV parks and manufactured home communities across North America -- not only augments and strengthens the Tents for Troops roster in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Arizona but also provides the T4T network with a superlative set of international credentials. Indeed, the addition of Carefree RV Resort locations in the province of Ontario, Canada -- home to recreational attractions like the Pimachiowin Aki reserve and the Niagara Falls -- is a huge coup for Curry who has been known to put in 14-hour days at his non-profit in an effort to increase the national (and now transnational) footprint of the Tents for Troops network.
Carefree, which has a sizable population of retired veterans living in its RV parks and manufactured home communities, has an admirable history of supporting charities like Disabled American Veterans and is viewed by Curry as an excellent demographic fit for Tents for Troops, a belief that’s also mirrored by the team at Carefree. “We are very passionate about supporting our troops and are so excited to be partnering with T4T to offer active military a network of great family friendly RV parks to choose from for their next vacation,” said Colleen Edwards, Carefree RV Resorts.
In another first, Carefree plans on extending T4T camping privileges to active members of the Canadian armed forces, thus bringing a long standing U.S. ally into the Tents for Troops fraternity. “I am so pleased to add Carefree RV Resorts to the T4T family of parks. I feel that they are as happy to support our Troops as I am and it’s always nice when Parks that join us are so enthusiastic about the program,” said Curry.
The current T4T line-up features RV parks, resorts and campgrounds in 47 states -- with the exception of North Dakota, Hawaii and Rhode Island -- including the entire 60-strong Oregon State Park network as well as franchisees from some of North America’s most well known campground operators like Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts, Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and RVC Outdoor Destinations. Indeed, according to Curry, so many new campgrounds are coming aboard that keeping the Tents for Troops website and the free Allstays Military Campgrounds & RV Parks mobile app up-to-date is a herculean task.
Charlie Curry, Tents for Troops, c/o Toutle River RV Resort, 150 Happy Trails, Castle Rock, WA 98611
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