June 27, 2016

Coleman Camping Heritage Essay Contest

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Today we are excited and honored to partner with Coleman – Legendary Camping Gear to bring you a new writing contest that is going to bring back memories, tell camp fire stories and bring us all together the way Coleman has always done for outdoors enthusiasts.

Vintage Coleman LanternI think it’s safe to say, if you participate in a Great Outdoors lifestyle, then you’ve relied on Coleman throughout the years as part of your gear which means this writing contest is for EVERYONE.

For me, I can remember growing up with the Coleman cookstove, the Coleman lantern, my Coleman sleeping bag and so much more. Not much has changed for me, I still have all the Coleman camping gear, plus one currently prized Coleman coffee maker that I don’t leave home without…

Which brings me to the writing topic for this contest.

It’s time to share your stories and get your chance in to win some amazing Coleman Gear:

Contest Writing Topic:
“How has Coleman kept your family outdoors and brought it closer together?”

Share your memories of using Coleman in the Outdoors. Do you have a memory of using Coleman gear from when you were little or one from last summer that you could share?
Feel free to include pictures with your entry.

And now….are you ready for this?  The PRIZES!!

Coleman has generously put together some prize packages to get us ready for the Summer Camping season, so take a look at these prize packages and then flex those typing fingers. This first place prize package is the biggest prize we’ve offered to 1 single person on the OBN and we are beyond excited for whomever wins any of the following packages:

First Place Prize Package: 

Complete Coleman Camping Package

Retail Value: $2,061.76

• Instant Tent 8

• Instant Tent 8 Accessory Rainfly

• (4) Adjustable Comfort Big & Tall Sleeping Bags

CPX Coleman LanternCPX Ready Quickbed Airbed – Queen

• (2) Single High QuickBed Airbed 4D Battery Pump Combo

• 58 Qt. Xtreme 6 Cooler

• (4) Comfortsmart Suspension Chair

• Pack-Away Camp Kitchen

• Pack-Away Outdoor Picnic Set for 4

• RoadTrip LXX Grill

• EvenTemp InstaStart 3-Burner Stove 5444 Series

• (2) CPX 6 Double Edge LED Flashlight Lantern

• (4) LED Ultra High Power Aluminum Flashlight

• 10-Cup Portable Propane Coffeemaker w/ Stainless Steel Carafe

• Family Cook Set – 6 piece

Old Coleman CampingSecond Place Prize ~ Coleman Cooking Package ~ Retail Value: $1,020.89

• RoadTrip LXX Grill

• Family Cook Set – 6 piece

• Signature Outdoor Gear Portable Propane Stove/Oven

• Carry Case for Portable Propane Stove/Oven

• All-in-One Instastart Cooking System

• Stock Pot Cooker

• Portable Instastart Coffeemaker with Case

• (2) Melamine Dishware

• 3-Piece Grill Tool Set

• Pack-Away Camp Kitchen

Third Place Prize ~ Coleman Award-Winning Package ~ Retail Value: $514.95

• Instant Tent 4

• (2) Adjustable Comfort Big & Tall Sleeping Bags

• Quad LED Lantern

• 54 Quart Stainless Steel Belted Cooler

Participation Prize (10 awarded) ~ Retail Value: $39.99

• LED Ultra High Power Aluminum Flashlight

The 10 Recipients of the Participation Prize will be selected by random number generator and picked from the pool of comments left on this post below.

You may earn extra entries for this prize for helping us spread the fun by doing the following activities:

  • Write an entry for the contest (leave your link to your post in the Link System and leave a comment below)
  • Post about this contest on your Blog
  • Post about this contest on Twitter
  • Post about this contest on Facebook
  • Like Coleman on Facebook

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each action activity you do to help spread the word. The more actions you do, the more comments you should be leaving! Once the Winners of the top 3 prizes are picked, they will no longer be eligible for this prize.

Before you drive off and start writing your contest entry…

The Fine Print:

 Please keep Contest Entries to a Maximum length: 700 words

Eligible Participants: Outdoor Blogger Network-Associated Bloggers (please have your Outdoor Blog listed on the Directory)

To have your entry considered ‘official’ please copy and paste the following sentence and place it within the body of your contest entry.

“Sponsored by Coleman and hosted by the Outdoor Blogger Network, this is my submission for the Coleman Camping Heritage Essay Contest.”

Add the link to your personal contest entry to the Linky System below. Please note: You need the permalink to your actual post, not to your blog. It should look like this: http://www.outdoorbloggernetwork.com/contestentry

Contest is opens WEDNESDAY May 9  at 5 PM and closes midnight Monday May 28th (mst) 
The winners will be announced Wednesday May 30th throughout the day.

A panel of experts will select the 3 prize package winners from the pool of writing entries. The 10 participant prizes will be picked via the RNG from the comment selection below.

Good Luck and We Look Forward to Reading Everyone’s Stories, Memories and Thoughts
About how Coleman has been part of their Outdoor Life!

Old Coleman PicturesContest Entries:

Thank You to Coleman for bringing such an amazing contest and opportunity to the entire Outdoor Blogging Community!

Don’t forget to follow Coleman on:
Coleman on Facebook
Coleman on Twitter
Coleman on Youtube

About Rebecca

When Rebecca isn't running the Outdoor Blogger Network, she is off Fly Fishing her favorite rivers. Occasionally she writes about those adventures at The Outdooress.


  1. 1

    Great opportunity and I’ve had coleman gear all my life so this should be easy. Do you get disqaulified if you go over 700 words?

    • 2

      Nope, we wouldn’t disqualify anyone for going over. We just want to keep the essays around the same length if possible. Plus I should mention, they don’t have to be 700 words either. 200 words is fine too. It’s completely up to you all as the writers.

      Looking forward to your entry Scott!

  2. 3

    I am a Coleman addict. Our family’s camp stove was used for 20 years or more before it just disappeared one summer. I have no doubt that somewhere, someone is still using it today. I guess they needed it more than we did. LOL :)

  3. 4

    Are you kidding me? I am sure glad you don’t disqualify for 700+ words. I might have rambled on a bit but this Coleman thing got me remembering my childhood. Great stuff again OBN!

  4. 5

    Just submitted my essay. Lost of fun remembering old camping trips! Good luck everyone!

  5. 6

    I posted on my blog, submitted it to the linky thingy an liked Colman on Facebook. I will do another blog post soon.

  6. 7

    I also posted to my FB page and Windknots & Tangled Lines FB page.

  7. 8

    Do we have to have a blog to enter the contest?

  8. 9

    What a great contest. Coleman camping gear was a huge part of my life growing up. I put a post for this contest on my blog.

  9. 10

    I liked Coleman on Facebook.

  10. 11

    I posted about this contest on my facebook page.

  11. 12

    Posted about the contest on my Twitter Account Kev2380

  12. 13

    I’m in. I like that flashlight. and the coffee maker. and the rest of it :) Honestly, I think I like the writing contests as much as the prizes. Thanks OBN and Coleman for being so awesome

  13. 15

    Working on my entry right now. Lots of fun going through old family photos!!

  14. 16

    I liked Coleman on Facebook.

  15. 17

    Just liked Coleman’s Facebook Page. Coleman is Camping!

  16. 18

    Also, posted comment on my personal Facebook Page.

  17. 19

    So as to be as helpful as I can be, I just posted on my Rainbow Chaser Facebook Page, also.

  18. 20

    Just posted the contest also on my blog: See it here!

  19. 21

    It’s a testament to the Coleman brand that so many OBN’rs use and love their products! I think you hit it out of the Park with this one R & J. :)

  20. 22

    You always want to be prepared in the outdoors. Checkout Coleman camping equipment for everything you’ll need for a fun and memorable camping trip.

  21. 23
    Argosgirl says:

    I liked Coleman on Facebook

  22. 24
    Argosgirl says:

    I posted about the contest on Facebook

  23. 25
    Argosgirl says:

    I posted about the contest on Twitter.

  24. 26

    I liked Coleman on Facebook!

  25. 27
    Argosgirl says:

    Contest entry is up!

  26. 28
    Ricky Anderson says:

    This essay was harder than it sounded, but here is the link to my entry. Great subject, and the rest of the entries are fantastic.

  27. 29

    These are excellent entries!! I just entered one myself…thank you to Coleman and Outdoor Blogger Network for this great opportunity to spend quality time thinking of Pops and looking through old photos.

  28. 30

    Contest entry is in. What a great idea to bring excitement to camping! Liked Coleman on Facebook too.

  29. 31

    I tweeted about the contest!

  30. 32

    I posted about the contest on my FB page!

  31. 33

    I like Coleman on FB! :)

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    I liked Coleman on Facebook!

  35. 37

    I posted the contest on Facebook.

  36. 38

    I posted the contest on Twitter.

  37. 39
    Garrett Perdick says:

    I have entered my blog post for the chance to win.

  38. 40

    Posted on my FB page.

  39. 41

    I also posted it on my Snug Harbor FB page.

  40. 42

    I Like Coleman on FB!

  41. 43

    Love to have the coleman! Just posted in the facebook about the contest!

    Looking for an outdoor public lands? for more information

  42. 44

    Essay submitted – thanks for the fun contest and trip down memory lane!

  43. 46
    Christopher Sorel says:

    Coleman has helped in many ways.

    From the camp stove was given 35 years ago from my grand father that still works today and bring now my son and daughter meal relief. The light that still is kicking for 30 years with countless wicks replaced but still works the best. Yes I have added a cool new LED one recently as it just easier. The 8 person coleman tent we have for 7 years now that we purchased when my son was just 3 months old and daughter 18 months. Has been used and fixed a few times but still provides so much family time and love for the outdoors. The coleman sleeping bags keep us warm inside. Coleman is the outdoor company that has provided this 42 year old so much and allows me to share the outdoors in comfort with my family.

  44. 47
    Christopher Sorel says:
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    Christopher Sorel says:

    posted on facebook

  46. 49
    Christopher Sorel says:

    already fan of coleman on facebook

  47. 50

    Liked Coleman on Fb. Getting ready to post my entry.

  48. 51

    I posted about this contest on Twitter! Thank you for the great opportunity.

  49. 52

    I just like Coleman on Facebook. Thank you.

  50. 53

    I posted about Coleman on my blog!

  51. 54

    I just submitted my entry: http://donnagoesdutch.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/sponsored-by-c/ but it’s not showing up in the listing. Maybe it has to be approved?


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