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Hanover County, VA—(May 21, 2009) With families struggling through the economic downturn, one retailer has decided to do something to help families still enjoy doing fun things together as a family at a very affordable price – absolutely free!

The Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp features free activities and workshops where families can spend time together learning the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures that will last a lifetime. (Click here to see an exciting clip about the Family Summer Camp!)

The Family Summer Camp event begins Saturday, May 30th and continues through Sunday, July 5th at Bass Pro Shops located at 11550 Lakeridge Parkway in Ashland. Saturdays and Sundays beginning at noon and while supplies last, kids will get to enjoy free craft activities like decorating a fishing bobber, custom leather crafting, making braided key chains, designing their own birdhouse, creating plaster animal tracks and painting a souvenir wooden lure for Dad.

Free Family Summer Camp Workshops will occur 3pm-7pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon to 6pm Saturdays and Sundays May 30 - July 5. The whole family will enjoy learning the basics of hiking, camping and fishing. Other workshops include bird watching, archery, animal identification, plants & insects, and even how to make campfire s’mores. Kids will earn a collectable pin for every workshop completed (while supplies last).

Store activities will vary (visit and click on individual store site for times) but could include a laser shooting gallery, casting pond, soft strike foam bow range and BB gun range. You can even have a souvenir photo made. At the Hanover County Bass Pro Shops you can take a kayak for a ‘test drive’ in their Kayak Pool July 4th and 5th. Again, all absolutely free!

“This is our way of helping families enjoy affordable, fun activities together and create lifelong memories,” stated Bass Pro Shops President Jim Hagale. “Bass Pro Shops is committed to helping adults and children put away their laptops, video games, and cell phones this summer and head outdoors.”

Also available at the Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp is a FREE 48-page Summer Guide booklet full of different outdoor activities and tips, ideas and product checklists to help you make the most of your summer outdoor adventure.

Contact: Greg Bulkley, Store Manager, 804-496-4700

About Bass Pro Shops Group:
Bass Pro Shops -55 retail stores in 26 states and Canada visited by over 100 million people annually, international catalog and internet retailing, American Rod & Gun wholesale division selling to over 7,000 independently owned retail stores worldwide, Outdoor World Incentives also selling Bass Pro Shops gift cards through over 132,000 retail outlets across America and a restaurant division with 26 locations.

Tracker Marine Group – Manufactures and sells Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe, Grizzly, Fisher, Pro Craft, Kenner, Mako, and SeaCraft boats through Bass Pro Shops retail stores and over 400 dealers worldwide.

Resort Group – Big Cedar Lodge and other resort properties including restaurants and golf course.

For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit To request a free catalog call 1-800-BASS PRO.

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