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First-Time Campers Contest 

Catherine Pegram

First-time campers in Maine have a chance to enjoy the great outdoors, for free. The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is teaming up with L.L. Bean to offer 32 families a free camping weekend. The winners will receive a two-night reservation at a state park, a complete set of camping equipment, four sleeping bags and free food. The contest is part of the governor’s “Take It Outside” program, designed to encourage people to spend more time outdoors.The deadline to enter is May 31st.For information and an entry form, you can go to take-it-outside.com.