Aug. 1, families gathered in the Hill Air Force Base Centennial Park for the annual Hill Family Camp-Out. This was the sixth year for this event, and while the last three years had “western” themes, this year’s theme was “Pirates on the Hill.”
“The annual family campout is one of my favorite activities because it encapsulates so many of the things I love about Utah,” said John Cullinane, director, 75th Force Support Squadron. “It’s a great opportunity for families to get out and enjoy the outdoors, do some really fun activities, and enjoy a delicious meal.”
Families set up tents to camp in the park, and enjoyed a sunny evening of free activities. A free BBQ was catered by The Landing for the first 1300 campers. Squeals of excitement were heard as a large pirate ship rolled into the park. Children were able to get on board and let their imaginations run wild as they “set sail” on this large ship. Other activities in the park included: a treasure hunt, music, face painting, pirate crafts, scurvy bowling, exotic bird and reptile displays, s’mores, and a movie under the stars with popcorn.
“This annual event provides an opportunity for families and friends to gather in the park for a unique overnight adventure,” said 75th Force Support marketing director Barbara McConvill. “It’s wonderful to see families enjoying a summer evening in the park and experiencing something new like setting up a tent, watching a movie outside under the stars, and making new friends.”
McConvill noted it is a true pleasure to offer a chance for kids to experience camping and provide an escape from the “daily grind”. Her hope is that everyone went home with “memories that will last a lifetime” after another successful Hill Family Camp-Out.