NY is giving hundreds of foster families a chance to go camping for free this summer.

08.15.17 | Jeremy Miller

The state sends out 500 camping gift cards and Empire Passes to foster families around the state.

The $80 gift cards can cover a two-night stay at a state camp site, or supplies from the state Parks Dept.

The Empire Pass is for day-use vehicle entry into state parks and recreational facilities.

State officials say the passes are a way to thank the families that care for more than 16,000 children in foster care in New York.