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McCall asks visitors to do their part this summer with new pledge

As we approach Memorial Day weekend, the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is asking visitors to sign a new pledge.

The McCall Promise outlines how people should act when vacationing in the small mountain resort town located just two hours north of Boise.

“People are coming here from bigger, fast-paced environments,” McCall resident Jennifer Caple said. “I have noticed a big shift…rude drivers, people not smiling or waving back and an overall lack of respect for our community.”

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The new pledge is the agency’s most recent initiative to tackling issues that arise when thousands of people flood into McCall during the summer months.

“The goal of this effort is to remind ourvisitors of the qualities that originally attracted them to the community of McCall and of their role in preserving thatcharacter,” McCall Area Chamber spokesperson McKenzie Kraemer said.

The McCall Promise

Heavy traffic, wildfire safety and littering are just a few problems this new pledge aims to address. Some of those initiatives read:

  • I will avoid left-hand turns during high-traffic times to preserve my own sanity and that of the cars behind me.
  • I will adhere to Leave No Trace practices and take my trash with me (and any I may find along the way).
  • I will take my lead from Smokey Bear and drown my campfire.

While many of the issues are serious, the pledge has a satirical tone asking people to enjoy their visit, be polite and respectful and… relax:

  • I will say please and thank you like my parents taught me and remember to tip my servers.
  • I will be kind and courteous, even when hangry.
  • I will soak in the fresh mountain air and small-town charm.

“The initiative makes me excited because it’s a reminder to everyone to be respectful, kind and slow down,” Caple said.

After many events were canceled last summer, the Fourth of July firework show and other events are expected to return this year – and with those, come a lot of visitors.

To read and learn more about The McCall Promise, click here.

Anna Dalyhttps://boisedev.com/author/annadaly/
Anna Daly is a reporter for BoiseDev. She's an Emmy-winning journalist, and a professor at the College of Western Idaho. Contact her at [email protected].

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