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Summer Campout

Steve Nahkala works the barbeque at Kinnikinick.
Steve Nahkala works the barbeque at Kinnikinick. Photos: Mike Ferring

The annual AYC Summer Campout is back!!  The Dairy Springs group campsite is reserved for August 6-8, 2021. There are lots of activities available:

  • Hiking – there are some great trails right from the campground
  • Sailing or other boating – Upper Lake Mary is 10 miles from the campground
  • Socializing (wait, what’s that again??)
  • Potluck Saturday night
  • Horseback riding available at nearby Mormon Lake Lodge
  • Don’t like to camp?  Check out the cabins at Mormon Lake Lodge or various hotels in Flagstaff.  Feel free to join us for activities during the day and the potluck!
  • Activities for the kids
  • Games for everyone

The group site can accommodate up to 8 vehicles, which we will assign free to the first 8 families that can confirm they are likely to attend.  When those spots fill up, there are single campsites available in the campground.  

The campground has vault toilets and water, but no RV hookups. RVs are limited to 35-feet. Dogs are welcome, on leash. Campsites can fill up fast, so please fill out this Google Interest Form to reserve your spot!  Even if you’re not sure if you can make it, fill out the form to help us with planning. 

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help, please contact Joanne.Aspinall@gmail.com.  Hope to see you there!!

Kids compete for certificates in lots of games.
Kids compete for certificates in lots of games.


History of AYC Kinnikinick Camping

Tom Ohlin shared this about the campout, “The Kinnikinick Campout started in the early 80’s with three or four couples camping for the weekend. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the break from the heat and the relaxed social atmosphere and it just grew every year. I think we peaked at about 120 folks and have had as few as a dozen or so.
‘The location was PRIMITIVE! You packed out what you packed in, except AYC provided the required Porta-Johns. The area was bounded by meadows and road, so it was very difficult for kids to get lost if they never crossed a road or meadow. The trees in the area are large Ponderosa pines, so there was some relief from the sun.”

Like most good things, the camping at Kinnikinick has changed. It is now designated as a day-use only location. The Annual AYC Summer Campout will continue to be held at the nearby Dairy Springs Campground by Mormon Lake. The accommodations are still whatever you bring, from pup tent to motor home. We usually have a potluck dinner on Saturday night and have horseshoes, pasture golf, bocce ball, Liar’s Dice and BS to fill in the day. Some folks come up as early as Wednesday, several on Thursday, but most on Friday.

This is a really fun event and gives new members as well as long-timers a great opportunity to socialize and enjoy the cool pines. The weather is always cooler in the high country but can be a bit wet. Plan to bring a dish to share for the Pot Luck and come up for a great time!

Tom Ohlin
Tom Ohlin was a fun fixture at summer campouts. He is missed!.