This past weekend, The Greenway Foundation’s SPREE team hosted a campout for My Outdoor Colorado (MOC). Families from the Westwood and Cole neighborhoods joined us at Johnson Habitat Park for a weekend jam-packed with fun.
First things first, families came and we all got to learn and practice setting up tents. After optimal tent locations were chosen and sleeping bags were laid out, kiddos and their families had free time. There were field games, including soccer, giant connect four, and twister. There were crafts and activities, like making paper airplanes, DIY photo albums, and animal puppets. And there are three very fun playgrounds in the park.
After playing and crafting, it was already time for dinner. We all headed down to the fire pit right along the South Platte River and everyone got to cook their own hotdog or grilled cheese over the fire. And of course, there were s’mores.
Post-dinner, we walked over to the rock beach and practiced our crawdad catching skills. The MOC families were quick pros, and many crawdads were caught, in addition to other macro-invertebrates like water boatmen, scuds, leeches, and more! Many kiddos held crawdads for the very first time, and it was hard to pull them away. But when the sun started to set, we all headed back up to the field and our tents. We continued playing games and climbing on the playground until the sun went down, and then everyone went into their tents and fell asleep.
In the morning, everyone showed off their superior tent knowledge and made quick work of taking down and packing up all of their camping gear. And after a tasty breakfast, families went on their way to enjoy the rest of Sunday. Like always, we had a fantastic time with the MOC crew, and we can’t wait to see some of the same faces again next year!