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 parks or make a telephone reservation to camp in a reservation park (call 1-888-CAMPOUT or 1-888-226-7688). Eligible participants making reservations do not pay for camping but are charged the reservation fee to hold sites in the reservation system. 

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 day use. Foster parents and registered relative caregivers also may use Washington State Parks boat launches and pumpouts for free when they camp. Please note: the foster child must arrive and camp with the caregiver the entire length of stay.


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

  • For residency: Washington state driver’s license; Washington ID card; voter registration card; property tax exemption; or other documentation as approved. Must be Washington resident for the past three consecutive months. Applicant cannot claim multiple state residency.
  • For elligibility: A current Foster Care ID card or Foster Home License.

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Foster Program Rules:

  • The foster child must arrive and camp with the caregiver the entire length of stay.
  • Washington State I.D. and Foster Care ID card or Foster Home License must be current and with you at all times.
  • Campers are limited to a consecutive10-day stay in one park from April 1 through September 30, and a consecutive 20-day stay during the rest of the year.
  • Moorage is limited to three consecutive nights at any single park area unless otherwise posted.
  • Participation in Foster Care Camping program does not provide discounts on annual permits, reservation fees, extra vehicle fees or other services (i.e., shower meters), except as noted).
  • Valid only at Washington State Parks. Does not apply to campgrounds operated by other government agencies or private businesses.
  • Cannot be used in conjunction with any other pass or discount.
  • Only valid for person issued. Proof of identification will be required at check in.
  • Camping reservations must be canceled if you are unable to use the reservation.
  • Only one reservation can be made per night.