Community Camp Out

June 22, 2019

We are excited to be hosting our first ever Community Camp Out in Kentville! This free community event will be our final event of the Spring Outside Series. The Camp Out will take place at Oakdene Park Saturday June 22nd– Sunday June 23rd.

We have a line-up of free activities and workshops for all ages running Saturday afternoon through to Sunday morning from setting up the perfect tarp shelter, to building a campfire, fireside music to morning yoga. We will have staff and volunteers on-site to help you learn about and enjoy the camping experience.

Registration for this free overnight camping experience is required for so we can prepare the space. We will have gear available to book at registration if you need a tent and/or sleeping pad for this event.

Click here to Register Online!

Camp Out Schedule

Sat June 22

2-4 pm: Tent set-up (tents only at this event)

3-5 pm: Drop in camping stations & activities (drop-in stations running concurrently: starting a fire; ropes, tarp & knots; cooking demonstrations; games for kids and families; StoryWalk-hosted by the Kentville Library)

5-6pm: Dinner time (bring your own picnic)

6-9 pm: Campfire

7-8 pm: Hosted campfire with Heather Kelday (music, songs, etc.)

9 pm: Storytelling

10pm: Quiet time

Sun June 23

7:30-8:15am: Yoga in the Park – with Beth Ross (all ages and skill levels)

7:00- 8am: Coffee and tea available

8-9:30am: Community Breakfast (self-serve)

10:30-11:30am: Pack-up and clean-up

What to Bring

Camping equipment


Clothing/Personal items




o   Tent

o   Sleeping pad

o   Sleeping bag/blankets

o   Pillow

o   Water bottle

o   Flashlight

o   First aid kit

o   Folding chairs (optional)


o   Warm layers for the evening

o   Pajamas

o   Shoes/boots and extra socks

o   Rain coat

o   Toiletries

o   Bug spray, sunscreen

o   Book/playing cards/musical instrument (optional)


o   Picnic for supper on Friday night (including utensils, dishes, etc.)

o   Evening/morning snacks

o   Water


Need some gear?
We have extra tents and sleeping pads to borrow. If you need any of these items please indicate so when you register. There is no cost to borrow equipment and we’ll make sure to have the gear on site and ready for you when you check in. Don’t have a sleeping bag? We recommend bringing blankets or bedding. If that’s not available please contact us and we can arrange a sleeping bag for you to borrow.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will be onsite if I need help?
Town of Kentville Parks and Recreation staff and volunteers will be on hand during the whole Community Camp-Out. Volunteers with camping experience will be available during set-up from 2-4pm if you want help setting up your tent. We will be wearing Kentville shirts so we are easy to identify if you need a hand or have a question.

Where will the campsites be?
At Oakdene Park on the soccer field. The ground will be flat, fairly soft grass. Campsites will be marked and assigned at check in (any time after 2pm). If you are camping with us you must register. Online registration is open now.

What washrooms are available?
We will have portable toilets and hand washing stations with non-drinkable water on site.

What about washing dishes?
There are no facilities to wash dishes. Please bring your picnic foods in containers that can be put away and washed when you return home Sunday. A no dishes required breakfast will be provided.

What food is provided?
We will have marshmallows by the fire on Saturday night and will be serving a light breakfast on Sunday morning (bagels, muffins, fruit, coffee and tea). Please pack a picnic supper for Saturday night and any snacks and well as water and beverages you will need.

Can we cook our supper over the fire?
We will be building a community fire after supper only. Please bring a picnic that’s ready to eat, or, bring a portable stove if you wish to cook. A reminder that we don’t have access to a kitchen/dish washing area in the park so please pack out dinner dishes.

Is there a place to charge my phone?
No, there is no access to power at Oakdene Park. Best to charge up your phone before you come to camp, or, try some ‘unplugged’ time and leave your phone at home or in your vehicle. If you want to use your phone for pictures but give yourself some ‘unplugged time’ try putting your phone on airplane mode.

Can we join for activities but not camp overnight?
This event can be a great opportunity to try camping (and we have camping gear available to borrow). However, if you or your family are not interested or not feeling ready to camp overnight, you are welcome to participate in activities Saturday afternoon/evening and/or Sunday morning.

Can we bring alcohol?
No. This is a family friendly event being held in a municipal park. There is no drinking or smoking permitted on site.

Where can we park?
There is a parking lot at the top of Oakdene Park (46 Campbell Road), where you can park overnight.

Are pets allowed?
No. While camping with your dog can be a great experience, at this event (due to our set-up and activities being offered) there are no dogs allowed. Service dogs are permitted.