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Great American Family Campout set for July 18 & 19 in SM Park

The eighth annual Great American Family Campout, providing a rare opportunity to sleep under the stars and to take part in other outdoor activities, will take place July 18 and 19 at Shawnee Mission Park.

Offered by the Children’s Services Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, the campout begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, and will run through about 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 19. The event ties into a national event called the Great American Backyard Campout, which encourages people to camp out in their backyards each summer.

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 “Annie Warbucks” along with early admittance to the show.

Camping will take place in a large open field directly to the south of The Theatre in the Park complex and north of Shelter No. 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 the shelter. Donuts, juice, and milk will be provided Sunday morning.

The cost is $30 for a family of up to four, $10 for individuals, and children under the age of three are free. For more information, call 913-826-3023. To register, call 913-831-3359 or visit www.jcprd.com.