Archive for Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Shawnee Mission Park camping event planned July 30

July 13, 2016

The ninth annual Great American Family Campout offers a rare opportunity to sleep under the stars in Shawnee Mission Park and take part in other outdoor activities.

Organized by the Children’s Services Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, the camput will begin at 2 p.m. July 30 and will run through about 10 a.m. July 31. This event ties into a national event called the Great American Backyard Campout, which encourages people to camp out in their backyards each summer. Previous events have drawn as many as 350 campers.

This event is great for both experienced campers and those just looking for an activity to share with their family. Children’s Services staff will be on hand throughout the night and JCPRD Park Police will also have a presence. In addition to spending a night under the stars in Shawnee Mission Park, participants will receive passes for admittance to Shawnee Mission Park Beach and pedal boat rental at the park marina, and tickets to The Theatre in the Park’s production of "Mary Poppins." As a special bonus, participants will receive early admittance to the show.

This will be the only public campout offered this summer. Camping will take place in a large open field directly to the south of The Theatre in the Park complex and north of Shelter 2 in the Small Lakes Area. The Theatre entrance to the park is located at 7710 Renner Road. Campers will need to bring their own camping equipment including tents, sleeping bags, etc.

Saturday evening dinner is not provided. Community grills are available at Shelter No. 2. Bagels, fruit, juice and milk will be provided Sunday morning.

The cost for this 20-hour event is $30 for a family of up to four, $10 for individuals, and children under the age of 3 are free.

To find this program using the advanced search at, look for the keyword "overnight." For more information, contact Children’s Services Specialist Rob Knaussman at (913) 826-3023. To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359.


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