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2016 ‘Community Camp Out’ to fill Rusch Park with tents

Citrus Heights Community Camp out. photo by Luke Otterstad
Tents at Rusch Park during the 2014 Citrus Heights Community Camp Out.

Updated July 9, 10:56 p.m.–
Called “one of the best family events” in the city each year by organizers, Citrus Heights’ annual Community Camp Out is scheduled to once again take over Rusch Park with an activity-filled overnight event this July 23 and 24.

According to organizer Jon Paul Burke, campers can expect swimming, crafts, games, face-painting, balloons and entertainment — along with a dinner barbecue and Sunday morning breakfast. Burke said the Saturday-night barbecue will be personally served up by city council members, followed by a bonfire with s’mores and star-gazing opportunities hosted by the Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society

“People enjoy this annual event because all they need to bring is a tent and sleeping bags,” Burke told The Sentinel via email Friday. “All the fun of camping, without packing up the extra gear and traveling miles from home.”

Registration is $8 for adults and $6 for kids aged 2 to 17. Those wishing to register can do so by calling (916) 725-1581 or by visiting

The annual camp out began in 2001 and typically draws about 200 campers. The event is sponsored by the Sunrise Recreation and Park District, in collaboration with the Residents’ Empowerment Association of Citrus Heights and the City of Citrus Heights.

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Event flier: campout.pdf


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