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PHOTOS: Camping Out in Mission Viejo's Oso Viejo Park

Mission Viejo's Oso Viejo Park hosted almost 300 campers for the second annual city campout.

If you love Mission Viejo's parks, but wish you could spend more time in them, last Saturday night was the perfect opportunity to do just that.

The city hosted its second-annual campout with almost 300 campers.

Here's more from Councilman Dave Leckness, who founded the campout last year:

Nearly 300 eager residents/campers gathered Saturday, October 20, for the campout on the Oso Creek Trail.

After staking their tents in the late afternoon, campers performed skits, sang songs and swapped stories as darkness fell upon the group. To enjoy nocturnal sights along the Oso Creek, the adventurous took to a flashlight hike down the trail and some took their chances in the Plant Maze. Upon their return, the hikers warmed up to a roaring campfire and roasted s'mores and enjoyed some hot chocolate.

The 300-plus campers, including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Indian Princesses, gathered again to enjoy time for arts and crafts, and wolf down a breakfast provided by the Mission Viejo Activities Committee.

Many residents relished the opportunity to experience the wilderness snugly located within the surrounding urban environment. Families, neighbors and friends were able to create memories at another event showcasing Mission Viejo's high quality of life.

Wendy Bucknum October 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM
The Bucknum Family had a great time at this event - thanks to the Mission Viejo Activities Committee Volunteers who made the event so very special for all in attendance.
Dan Avery October 23, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Good to know Wendy supports the positive in Mission Viejo. Schlicht does not. Schlicht even politicized the March Against Drugs earlier in the day by having volunteers out waving campaign signs on the corner of La Paz and Marguerite. She was the only candidate to do so.
Stoneybrooke Christian Schools October 23, 2012 at 04:13 PM
That looks like so much fun. What a great event for families!
Charles October 23, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I didn't find out about this until too late. Wish I could have attended. Would have been a perfect "first camping" experience for the kids. Close, cheap, and clean. What more could you ask for?
Kevin Mackie October 23, 2012 at 04:45 PM
To bad the patch didn't say anything about it until after the fact. It sounded like a fun time for the family.

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