Kennesaw OKs Boy Scout's family-friendly campout event
by Bridgette Bonner
April 03, 2013 12:02 AM | 2023 views | 11 11 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Kennesaw Council members gave permission Monday for the first ever backyard campout event.

David Pies, Recreation Division manager, said the Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with local Boy Scout Troop 002 to host the event at Swift-Cantrell Park on May 4-5. Activities include outdoor games, nature crafts, camping equipment demonstrations, songs, storytelling, an outdoor movie and marshmallow roasting.

The movie “Brave” will be open to visitors and overnight campers, Pies said. People who attend the movie at 9 p.m. will also be able to experience the games and demonstrations. Scouts will provide breakfast for overnight campers, Pies said.

It’s a family event in support of a national “Be Out There” campaign that encourages kids to experience outdoors and be in touch with nature, Pies said.

Registration opened Monday through the Kennesaw city’s government website under the Parks and Recreation Department, and spots are limited.

Registration for each campsite is $10, which will go toward providing city personnel for the event.

The park can accommodate 40 campsites with tents. RVs are not permitted.

“I think this will be a sell-out event,” Pies said. He expects hundreds of attendees.

Property to be developed

The council authorized the Keep Kennesaw Beautiful committee and Smith-Gilbert Gardens to begin developing property near the Towne Manor subdivision for a community garden.

The committee will coordinate with Smith-Gilbert Gardens on techniques and how the space might best be used for the community. The garden would be open to anyone.

Council members also welcomed the new Kennesaw State University head football coach Brian Bohannon and athletic director Vaughn Williams.

Both expressed excitement over the football program, Kennesaw and Cobb County.

The athletic department is in the process of hiring staff, will begin recruiting this year and will have their first football practice in the fall of 2014, Bohannon said.

Confederate History Month

City officials declared April as Confederate History Month and encouraged residents to learn about Cobb County’s role in the Civil War.

The Kennesaw City Council will meet April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

Track or Treat

The council approved throwing a “Track or Treat” event on behalf of the YWCA and in conjunction with Fit City Kennesaw.

The city will co-sponsor the event, set for Sunday, Oct. 27, 2-4 p.m. at Swift-Cantrell Park.

The event consists of a quarter-mile run for children 4 to 6 years old, a half-mile for ages 7 to 9 years old and a mile for kids 10 to 14 years old.

There also will be a mile skirt run for men, and participants are encouraged to wear costumes.

Registration will be available at a later time.

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anonymous
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April 04, 2013
This sounds like great childhood memory making events and I am proud of you that are organizing it. [Where do you naysayers get off? Why do you have to bring up your own political issues here and not support these events? No one says gays and their children are not included.] Too bad so many people are trying today to rid children of just plain having fun without bringing their own political issues into the mix. Trying to make children into little political machines. Everything in this article, from the campout to the gardens to the civil war event and the run for children, lets children be children. I don't know where the MDJ's head is that gay rights issues were allowed into this article, but that is okay. Children will have fun anyway! Thanks to all the organizers and you should have the respect you deserve. None of these events are political events and shame on MDJ for publishing comments trying to push them to be so.
Too funny
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April 04, 2013
Apparently you don't realize the Boy Scouts of America still prohibit (openly) gay people from participating.

/That's the point
Gay Family Welcome?
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April 03, 2013
Are gay families welcome to this "family friendly" event called "Be OUT There" in City of Kennesaw, Cobb County, Georgia? There is a mention of scouts, beautiful gardens and some men in very tight uniforms, so I am thinking "Yes!!!"
Too funny
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April 03, 2013
Of course not. You don't want innocent Christian families catching "teh gays" do you? Do you have any idea how many Chick-fil-A sandwiches it takes to cure a case of teh gays?
anonymous
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April 04, 2013
What does Chick-fil-A have to do in any way whatsoever with this article? Nothing whatsoever. Why do you, MDJ, allow a person to slam a major corporation here that has nothing whatsoever to do with this article? Persecution and it shows more and more and more. Actually, I like it. Keep it coming. It shows the real truth. Kinda like the high school bully one needs to stand up to, but would rather ignore until pushed.

anonymous
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April 04, 2013
All families are welcome.
anonymous
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April 04, 2013
All families are welcome that do not attend in order to create disturbances.

anonymous
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April 04, 2013
All families are welcome, however, it is disturbing that anyone, male or female, would want to attend children's events because men in very tight uniforms would be the deciding factor on whether to use your time to be there. And to use mention of scouts as a determining factor on whether you will attend or not? Now, that, scares me.
C. Smith
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April 04, 2013
You made very disturbing comments. All families are welcome, but perverts are not welcome. This article never mentioned uniforms at all. I fear for both male and female children that anyone would read an article about children's events and envision anyone or equate that to anyone in very tight uniforms therefore you would attend. I hope all children are shielded from you. I assume you are an adult and if one of the deciding factors of whether you attend an event or not is men in very tight uniforms makes me want to hide all the males and females for that matter. Feel free to attend by yourself, scary person. If you don't understand how disturbing your comments are, maybe you would get it if you said you would attend because there was a mention of women in very tight uniforms (which there was not) disturbing. Very disturbing. Wow.
Footballers
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April 05, 2013
The footballers are the men in very tight uniforms. The article talks about the Kennesaw football people being there. You seriously never noticed football players wear skin tight outfits? Or do the skin tight outfits not count since it's football?
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