Foster Home Camping Program

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Washington resident foster parents and registered relative foster caregivers who camp with the children in their care are entitled to free campsites and day-use entry in Washington state parks. 

Participants in the program may camp at first-come, first-served sites or make reservations to camp. Eligible participants making reservations do not pay for camping but are charged reservation fees. 

To get free camping when making a reservation, tell the operator you are a foster care provider. Then, when you arrive at the park to register, show a Washington State Driver’s License or Washington State I.D., along with a Foster Care ID card, your Foster Home License or your Registered Caregiver Card. 

Walk-in campers need to show these same documents at the park to receive a free campsite and for day-use. Foster parents and registered relative caregivers also may use Washington State Parks boat launches and trailer dump stations for free, when they camp. 

Please note: the foster child must arrive and camp with the caregiver the entire length of stay.

ACCEPTABLE PROOF OF ELIGIBILITY AND RESIDENCY

You may be required to provide the following to verify your status.

  • For residency: Washington state driver’s license; Washington ID card; voter registration card; property tax exemption; Must be Washington resident for the past three consecutive months. Program users may not claim multiple state residency.
  • For eligibility: A current Foster Care ID card or Foster Home License.

For more information please email passes@parks.wa.gov.

Foster Program Rules and expectations:


Pass holder expectations:

 

  • Do not alter or make copies of your pass.  Never share your pass or pass number with others.

 

  • Pass holders will be charged $15 to replace lost, stolen, or damaged passes. 

 

  • The pass does not provide discounts on annual permits, reservation fees, extra vehicle fees, roofed shelters, group camps or other services, except as noted. 

 

  • The pass cannot be used with any other pass or discount. 

 

  • The pass holder must cancel reservations if unable to use them.

 

Camping rules:

 

  • The Foster child must arrive and camp with the caregiver the entire length of stay.

 

  • Washington State ID and Foster Care ID or Foster Home License must be current and with you at all times.

 

  • All camping discounts and associated benefits are limited to the site the pass holder is camping in.   Discounts and fee reductions are limited to 1 campsite or moorage site per night.

 

  • Do not make duplicate or multiple reservations for the same night. Including double sites.

 

Park rules:

 

  • Camping is limited to 10 consecutive nights at any single park from April 1 through Sept. 30, and 20 consecutive nights the rest of the year. 

 

  • Moorage is limited to three consecutive nights at any single park. 

 

  • Pass holders are expected to treat park staff with respect, always follow park rules and staff guidance.  

 

Violations of these rules, or any other park rules, may result in pass benefit suspension or revocation.