With just three weeks to go before the Kampgrounds of Americas Inc. (KOA) Care Camps Big Weekend May 11-12, reservations are running well ahead of the totals for the same period in 2017.

As of Sunday, April 22, advanced reservations for the May 11-12 Care Camps Big Weekend were up 3.5% from the same period last year. Total nights associated with those advanced reservations were up 4.1% from the same period in 2017.

“The Care Camps Big Weekend has been the official start to our summer camping season for the past 14 years,” said KOA President Toby O’Rourke. “It’s simply a wonderful way to offer our guests a way to start their camping a bit earlier than they might have otherwise considered and at the same time raise funds for the Care Camps charity for kids with cancer.”

KOA Care Camps for children with cancer now provides funding for more than 125 independent summer camps for children with cancer and their siblings. Each year, thousands of deserving kids receive a free week of summer camp at their specialized camps.

This year, a total of 402 KOA locations in North America are participating in Care Camps Big Weekend. Campers that stay as paying guests at a participating KOA on Friday, May 11 receive a night of camping on Saturday, May 12 for $20.

The entire $20 amount is provided to the Care Camps charity.

For a complete list of participating KOAs, go to koa.com/national-events/care-camps-big-weekend/

For more information on the KOA Care Camps charity, go to koacarecamps.org.