Scioto Grove hosts camping safety series

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The interactive series where individuals learn how to safely camp in the great outdoors is back at Scioto Grove Metro Park. The six-week program hosted by outdoor specialists with the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks kicked-off last week with an educational session on the proper shelter, sleep systems, and backpacks needed to safely camp outdoors. In addition to advising the participants about these important steps when camping, outdoor adventure specialists Megan Harris also helped guide the novice campers on how to pitch a tent. Shown here celebrating after successfully pitching their tents at the metro park in Grove City are (from left to right) Curtis U-Aniekan, Yahir Trinidad Moreno, Asa Wilson-Perry, Christopher Trinidad Moreno, and Louis Scherer. The friends from Columbus were there representing the local Cub Scout Pack 603 and learning new skills to take with them as they prepare for the overnight backpacking trip next month. Upcoming programs in the backpacking series include learning about water sources, fuel and fire, food and cooking, clothing and footwear, and preparation, safety, and outdoor ethics. They are held twice a week on Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons. If individuals would like to take part in the overnight backpacking adventure at the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park in May, one must attend one of the programs listed above. For more information on the dates and times of the programs in the backpacking series at Scioto Grove Metro Park, visit the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks website at
Curtis U-Aniekan finds the hammock sleeping gear to his liking.
Megan Harris, an outdoor adventure specialist with the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, helps assemble a difficult tent.
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