PTO Today's 2007 Parent Group of the Year for Outstanding Family Event brings parents and students together with a camping night that's inexpensive, easy to plan, and one of the most popular events of the year.


A Family Campout planned by the Hilltop Drive Elementary PTA in Chula Vista, Calif., is held near the end of the school year and draws 250 people. Families park motor homes or pitch tents on school grounds. They have dinner and take part in a wide range of activities.

What the judges loved: It’s a low-cost event that’s free for families, it brings together a diverse parent base, and parents and teachers can interact in a casual setting. The campout has become the type of anticipated event that enhances a group’s image and profile among parents.

Cool fact: Many people who take part in the Family Campout have never camped before.


# Love this idea 2009-06-24 01:44
What a fantastic idea would have loved to find out more but thier www does not include and e-mail. I don't wish to ring or visit as I live in Australia. But I love the idea and will try something similar.
Hugs N Giggles Tracy
# Dee Evans 2009-06-29 18:24
What a hoot ! It's a terrific idea, would love to learn how they co-ordinated it...any feedback page ? If not could also link with local scout group to see how they could help out . Superb !

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