We had a good showing with seven tents at the Indian Point campground in Duluth. The Great American Camp Out is a first experience in camping for many people with disabilities. We started by learning how to set up our tent, and then went on a hike / wheel on the Western Waterfront Trail on the edge of the St. Louis River. We saw three deer, a hawk, a blue heron, and some of the trees that the local beaver had just cut down. The Mentors (volunteers) helped set up tents, push chairs, and provided assistance in many other ways. After a great 'old fashioned' barbecue supper, we learned how to start a camp fire and ate s'mores for desert. We sang along with the Duluth group - Bill & Kate Isles, as the sun went down. They sang some duets, some country solos, and played the guitar. The weather was beautiful, and the evening ended on a high note. After a breakfast of rolls, sausage, and juice - we took the tents down and all left with positive feelings about camping.
The set of pictures is of the 2011 Great American Camp Out at Indian Point Campground in
Testimony from our 2014 Camp-out:
"On August 16th, a large group took part in an overnight camping experience with Wheels on Trails at Indian Point Campground. Upon arrival, Vern and Jen shared their camping skills by teaching everyone how to set up the tents. After setting up camp everyone went on a nature walk on the Western Waterfront Trail to collect items to make nature mobiles. Lee and Jeff chose to throw a line in the water, but came up empty handed. We then devoured chicken alfredo and garlic bread cooked over a blazing campfire. It was delicious! After the sun went down, we started making s'mores and then the Lee Johnson & Friends bluegrass band performed for our entertainment. Everyone had a good time singing and dancing.
We awoke the next morning to a delicious breakfast and the best campfire coffee ever! We all had a great time meeting new people, and experiencing new activities. We can’t wait to attend again next year!"
-- Shirley, Trillium Services