Dreadlocks and Dominoes

Great American Backyard Camp Out Lake Park, Tampa Florida March 2013

Camping in Tampa

This was a first time event for the Hillsborough County Parks Department and Not a Clue Adventures was invited to participate.  The Great American Backyard Campout® is designed to support programs that address the problems of America’s indoor childhood and the health risks associated with them.

Dutch oven cooking

We were looking at some pretty wet weather going into the weekend – but it all ended up working out for the best and passed over us. One hundred participants signed up at $2 per carload( the only catch is you had to have a child under 12 in the car with you) to spend a night just outside of N. Tampa in a county park.  Most were new campers – some borrowed tents and gear from us and others were seasoned adventurers just looking for a good time. We taught a Dutch oven cooking class and everyone got to eat peach cobbler! The park made hot dogs and supplied drinks and lots of smores! They even brought glow-sticks for all the kids to play with! There was even hands on fishing instruction and an obstacle course set up.

Her First Fish

Every possible ethnicity was to be found on these few acres of land on this night. All with the same thought in mind – I want my children to learn to enjoy the outdoors! Everyone got along, and the kids made so many new friends that they played with long after dark, running around the fire, making smores, playing percussion instruments around the fire. There were games of tag and catch and Frisbee, father’s played catch with their sons and mothers played hula hoops with their daughters.  Cell phones were only used to take photos of their smiling children to post on facebook for other friends and family to see.

It was almost 11 pm before everyone started winding down. Some of the night owls played dominoes or sat around the fire playing guitar for some of the adults that were just not ready to crash so early…

quiet morning at camp

This is an event I personally will attend for years to come and I look forward to the future dates and locations to be announced. To see the community come together like it did on this one night in this one city shows there is hope, no matter how dim the light may be at the end of the tunnel sometimes. These children are our future and if we want there to be green spaces for their children to enjoy we must instill the love and respect of the outdoors in them now, we can’t wait. Time is slipping by too fast….

For more photos from this event please visit: http://notaclueadventuresphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/4166

Interested in getting your family outdoors give us a call!

We are Central Florida’s only “Concierge Camping Service
http://www.notaclueadventures.com

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About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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One Response to Dreadlocks and Dominoes

  1. Kelly says:

    What a wonderful idea for introducing children to the great outdoors. I spent my childhood in a big city and would have loved to have done something like this.

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