Thousands of North American camping families will head to their favorite Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) locations again in May for the 8th Annual KOA Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend, set for May 13-14.

Last year, more than 25,000 camping families stayed at nearly 400 participating KOA campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada, according to a news release. The event, created in 2004, provides a free night of camping on Saturday, May 14, to all campers who stay as paying guests on Friday, May 13.

KOA campgrounds have several fun events planned that are designed to both entertain campers and help raise funds to support KOA Care Camps, a system of 43 specialized summer camps around North America that provide a true summer camp experience for children with cancer and their siblings. Last year, more than $370,000 was raised during the Come Kamp & Care With Us event to benefit KOA Care Camps.

“This event is a wonderful way for our campers to start their summer camping seasons, and at the same time help raise money to send these very special kids to great summer camps,” said KOA CEO Jim Rogers. “This event has proven to be extremely popular with both our KOA franchise owners and their campers, and we’re happy to offer it again this year.”

Campers can to go www.KOA.com to see a list of participating campgrounds and make their reservations. Some campgrounds will be offering their kabins and luxury lodges for the event, so campers are encouraged not to wait to make their reservations.