Students hike around Lake Delaware for “Mile with Mike”

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INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence hosted a Mile with Mike at the Department of Natural Resources’ Capital Campout at Fort Harrison State Park on Thursday.

The Capital Campout is one of more than a dozen outdoor experiences hosted by governors across the United States. It promotes outdoor recreation as part of Great Outdoors Month. Governor Pence declared June as Great Outdoors Month in Indiana. He also read the proclamation attached at Thursday’s event.

“Great Outdoors Month is a perfect opportunity for our Mile with Mike effort and to share with young Hoosiers the importance of being healthy, getting exercise, and enjoying Indiana’s many outdoor recreational activities,” said Pence in a statement. “I’m thankful to the organizations, public agencies, and businesses that work every day to create exceptional experiences for Hoosiers at the many state parks and trails Indiana offers.”

Participants came from the LeGore Boys and Girls Club, Christel House Academy, Boy Scout Troop 123 and Girl Scout Troop 7538. They first took part in traditional state park activies such as fishing and horseback riding and then hiked around Delaware Lake with the state’s leader.

“Being outside today for Capital Campout reminded me of my own youth, camping and having fun at state parks all over Indiana,” said the First Lady in a statement. “We had a great time today sharing with these young people how much fun they can have enjoying outdoor activities all over our state.”

“Indiana’s Capital Campout is one of several tools that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is using to encourage youngsters to get outdoors,” said DNR Director Cam Clark in a statement.

Clark said other efforts include the Indiana Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, which is Indiana State Parks’ new curriculum that includes opportunities for free visits for students.

For more information about Indiana State Parks programs for youth and schools can be found at and is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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