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Camping in the Kentlands

We just love it when a plan comes together! Way back in February of 2016 the Activities Committee agreed to focus on expanding the entertainment offerings to reach as much of the community as possible. We committed to having the neighbors suggest events to us, instead of offering ‘standard’ events to neighbors. The end result may be the same – neighbors becoming friends – but the attendance and diversity of those that participate would increase.

So, the volunteer members were tasked with homework. Ask your neighbors what fun activity they would like to see and what in the world would it take to get a tween/teenager to participate.

That is when, at our following meeting, member Reynaldo Rojas brought a fantastic idea. How about a Campout on the Lawn? Families can be together, in the outdoors, away from screens and chores, and hang out with other families. Kids can have their own tents next to parents. Ideas started flowing; like having local law enforcement and fire departments teach safety tactics. Let’s cook dinner and breakfast. Let’s ask some Scouts to participate. Who has a guitar? Can John Ingrassia pull out the grills? Can we make s’mores?

Of course, our indefatigable Events Director Dana Macena has been very helpful in shepherding us to bring this idea to reality. She had lots of help from Sean Jackson and Ian Spielman (local Scout leaders) with advice on planning an outdoor event like this.

The KCA Board liked the idea (phew!) and has offered their sponsorship as well their blessing. Of course there are some restrictions, we are an HOA not a KOA!

On May 20 we will host the first Kentlands Campout. And yes, you might see a Cub scout there to escort you to your tent spot. You’ll see Girl and Boy scouts help you set up tents. You’ll see grills with food, and firepits for s’mores and ghost stories and even sing alongs. Some may just stay near their tent pondering the great outdoors.

We hope you’ll join us. Visit the registration page on for more information.

PS – the Activities Committee isn’t just meetings and homework. It’s a fun group of interested folks. Come along to a meeting and be a part of the FUN side of a homeowners association.

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