Acworth Parks and Recreation hosts Mom-Son Camp Out

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Sept. 18 – ACWORTH – Outdoor-loving moms and their sons took to the woods Saturday for all the outdoors, games and bonding at Mother-Son Camp Out hosted by Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resources Department.

More than 100 people were expected to attend the event, which had been canceled for the past two years due to COVID-19.

Turnout was palpable Saturday at the campground overlooking Lake Allatoona at Proctor Landing Park as people worked to set up their tents in designated areas.

Mothers interacted with other mothers, children played around the trees and the lake, and many moments were shared around campfires, night hikes and storytelling.

“It’s a great event to be a part of,” said Eileen Mayorga of Kennesaw. “It’s a great opportunity to meet other moms as well and connect with other people in the area.”

The mother-son camp out has been a staple of the Acworth community since the early 2000s, according to Jordan Gonzalez, rec division youth programs recreational coordinator. The sleepover event hosts mothers and their sons under the age of 13, giving them a chance to experience some outdoor fun away from the rest of the family.

The afternoon began with free time for activities such as canoeing, fishing, crafts, volleyball and swimming. Food was provided by NorthStar Church, followed by a bonfire on the beach where families had the opportunity to make s’mores. As soon as the sun went down, the group embarked on a night hike along the park’s trails.

“This is one of our favorite events that we do year-round,” said Gonzalez, adding that the department will host a father-daughter date night in June.