6th Annual Family Camp-Out

School starts here next week. Where has the summer gone? It just seems a few short weeks ago that we were finishing school and starting our big That’s WY vacation.

Last week The Short Chic told me she was sad summer was about over but she was excited for one thing. I asked her what the was, thinking she would say seeing her friends, meeting her teacher, cheerleading, etc. instead she said “it is almost time for my favorite camping trip of the year, the Family Camp-Out.”

If you are new, we have hosted a camping trip every September for the past five years. It started off as a small idea to find a family with children to go camping with us back when we were in between RV’s. To my amazement not only did we find one family we found nearly 10 families.  It is a weekend full of friends, activities, fun, and fresh air.

This year the 6th Annual Family Camp-Out will be on September 15-17, 2017 at Crow’s Creek Campground at Smithville Lake. This year we are in Loop F.  There are still spaces available in that Loop if you are interested in joining us. Many people like to join us for two nights of camping while others prefer to day camp. Last year I noticed a trend of many campers to tack on a third night.

We have cultivated a few camping traditions over the past few years. Saturday afternoon we will have walking tacos for lunch. We will once again tie dye t-shirts. Saturday night we will have a bon fire with hot dogs and s’mores. After dinner, you can expect we will break out the black lights and the neon for our annual “Glow Party”!

To help you prepare for the camping trip, I am providing a few helpful items.

Reservations for camping at Smithville Lake can be made on their website. 

Sign-Up for community food at this Sign Up Genius. 

Tie Dye Kit: we are asking each family bring a tie dye kit as well as t-shirts/clothing they would like to dye. I found this kit at Dollar General but if you can’t find this one, you can find reasonably priced kits at Wal Mart, Hobby Lobby, or Michael’s.

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There are three organized community meals: Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, and Sunday breakfast. You will find a sign-up for those ingredients on the Sign Up Genius. Friday night, All other meals are on your own including Saturday morning, or even Sunday afternoon meals.

Glow Party:

We provide the black lights and a play list. You provide the creativity. Neon glows well but so does a plain white t-shirt. Body paint is a huge hit and it can be purchased on Amazon. I am not sure if the kids or the adults love this fun activity the most. Either way, it makes for one enjoyable evening.

Have a great first week of school. September will be here before you all know it. We look forward to seeing everyone who plans to join us so you can see that fall camping is the best camping of the year!

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