With its first-ever Backyard Campout last summer, the City of Mill Valley sought to find out if magic, camping, s’mores, emergency preparedness skills, homemade first aid kits, campfire songs and relay races would fit into one event and draw the community out in droves. 

It did just that, so much so that the City is doing it again on July 11.

“It was a really powerful event – people had a blast,” Recreation Director Jenny Rogers said of the 2014 event. “People really appreciated the opportunity to try out their preparedness skills, and people also really enjoyed that sense of community of coming together and getting to know your neighbor.” 

The City is inviting the community to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of National Parks & Recreation Month by camping out with neighbors and friends at the Mill Valley Community Center. You can reserve your camping space on Friends Field and participate in fun activities, games, arts & crafts, campfire programs, s’more making, educational activities and more.


Saturday, July 11th
4:00pm – 5:30pm: Check in/Tent Set Up
5:00pm – 6:15pm: Activities/Displays 
(Preparedness Activity, Arts & Crafts) 
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Dinner Served 
(Hamburgers, Baked Beans, Green Salad, Chips)
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Activity/Family Time & S’more making
8:30pm – 8:45pm: Break
8:45pm – 9:45pm: Camp Fire Program (All About Bats)
9:45 – 10:30pm: S’more Making & Sing-A-Long 
10:30pm: Lights Out
11:00pm – 6:00am: Quiet Hours 

Sunday, July 12th
7:00am – 8:30am: Continental Breakfast
8:30am – 10:00am: Tent Breakdown/Camp clean up

Pre-registration and payment for this event is required, deadline is Monday, July 6th

CAMPING FEES: $25 per person
3 years and under free
Fee includes:

Camping space          Campfire Entertainment
Dinner & Breakfast     Preparedness Activities
Family Games &         Special Gift

Camping fees can be paid at the Community or Aquatic & Fitness Center, faxed in, mailed in by using our registration form, or online*
*To register a child that is under 3 for free, after you have processed your paid online registration, call 415-383-1370