Experience the outdoors during annual city campout

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published June 3, 2015

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FARMINGTON HILLS — Experience the thrills of summer with campfire songs, hot dogs, s’mores and a whole lot more during the ninth annual Great Farmington Hills Campout from June 6-7 at Heritage Park.

“That is what the event was developed for, to get people who aren’t sure about camping a place to go out with their kids,” Special Services Deputy Director Bryan Farmer said recently. “This is one easy way to do it.”


Participants can tour the Nature Center and hike the trails from 1-9 p.m. June 6. Other activities, including scavenger hunts and more, will occur between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. that day.


An outdoor expo from 5-8 p.m. June 6 includes rock climbing, crafts, campfire songs, stories and more, according to a press release.


“Anybody can come out, even if they are not camping,” Farmer said.


Participants may choose to camp out in their own backyards or stay in a pre-reserved campsite overnight in Heritage Park.


“We usually get close to 500 people, or roughly 100 families, who come out to over 80 campsites that we have available,” Farmer said. “We also have an area for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to be able to bring their troops out and camp.”


Farmer said the event is designed to expose people to camping so participants can take it a step further by camping in a county or state park.


He added that the campout is an easy venture that doesn’t require a lot of camping supplies.


“They get a hot dog dinner … and the next morning we do a pancake breakfast,” he said.


Dinner is included for families with a registered campsite; concession items will be available for purchase at the Camp Store, according to a press release.


The campout will end June 7 with a pancake breakfast, which is available to Heritage Park campers and backyard campers alike.


Camping essentials not included are tents, sleeping bags, pillows, sunscreen, bug spray, toothbrushes, flashlights and other items.


Heritage Park will provide a restroom area, including  portable toilets.


April Heier, Farmington Hills recreation supervisor, said in an emailed statement that participants will be able to experience an abundance of activities for all ages, which includes dinner and snacks over the “longest fire pit in Farmington Hills.”


“At the campout this year, the participants can look forward to nature hikes, geocaching, nature crafts and games … a fishing pole casting (demonstration) area, raffle prizes donated by Dick’s Sporting Goods ...  and much more,” she said.


The Great Farmington Hills Campout is part of the “No Child Left Inside” initiative that promotes outdoor opportunities for children and families, according to a press release.


The $25 fee includes the campsite, dinner and pancake breakfast.


For more information or to reserve a campsite, call the Costick Center at (248) 473-1800 or visit www.F2H.org or www.recreg.fhgov.com.

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