Reluctant to Rough It? “The Beginner's Guide to Camping” Makes It Easy to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

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Â?The Beginner's Guide to CampingÂ? ( is a new, multi-award winning DVD that makes it easy to camp right the first time.

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As lifestyles get increasingly busy, people are looking for fun, easy and affordable ways to spend quality time with family and friends. Last year, nearly 70 million Americans found one way to accomplish this: they went camping! But what if you've never camped before? Where do you start? What should you bring?

“The Beginner's Guide to Camping” ( is a new, multi-award winning DVD that makes it easy to camp right the first time. In this information-packed, 26-minute program, you'll learn everything you need to know to make your camping experience a great one. From locating a comfortable campground to crafting the perfect s'more, “The Beginner's Guide to Camping” covers it all. Best of all, this fun-to-watch DVD is driven by a camping enthusiast's agenda, rather than that of a gear manufacturer trying to sell you tents, coolers and sock warmers.

Mark Holzman, creator of the video and president of National Video-Documentors Inc., a Chicago-based production company, has been an avid camper for over 25 years. According to Mark, “A lot of people haven't tried camping due to lack of knowledge. Not knowing where to camp, what to bring, or how to set things up can be real intimidating. Plus many people think they have to forgo comforts such as clean restrooms, hot showers, picnic tables, fire pits and more. The key to having a fun camping experience is all in the planning – from choosing where you'll go to what equipment, food and toys you'll bring. If you're well prepared, you'll most likely have a great time!”

So how do you know if camping is right for you? If you have an appreciation for the great outdoors; if you enjoy being with family and friends; if you take pleasure in invigorating outdoor activities; or if you're just looking for an affordable vacation destination, then camping just might be right for you!

Are you ready to go camping? You can find “The Beginner's Guide to Camping” at,, and all REI Outdoor Outfitter locations. The DVD will soon be available at additional retailers nationwide.

For more information or to preview a sample two-minute video clip, visit: A helpful camping equipment checklist is also available for download.


Kim Blakeley

Phone: (206) 550-6564


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