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Great American Family Campout is July 30 at Shawnee Mission Park
POSTED: 07/14/2011
This event is called The Great American Family Campout and will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, and will run through about 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 31. This event ties into a national event called the Great American Backyard Campout, which encourages people to camp out in their backyards on these dates. Previous events have drawn as many as 350 campers.

Whether you are an experienced camper or are looking for an activity to share with your family, this is your opportunity to camp in the safety of the largest park in Johnson County. 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, and tickets to The Theatre in the Park’s production of “Seussical” As a special bonus, participants will receive early admittance to the show. Perform a catalog search for the keyword "overnight " to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.

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, Shawnee and Lenexa. 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 2. Donuts, juice, and milk will be provided Sunday morning. The cost for this 20-hour event is $20 per person for adults and $15 per person for children three and up.

The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. For more information about this program, contact Children's Services Specialist Rob Knaussman at (913) 236-1250. To register online and for updated program listings, see the District's website at To register by phone, call (913) 831-3359.

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