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Camping in their own back yard (almost)

Eileen and Jeff Eng were avid campers before they had kids, but now they're seven-year-old twins Charlie and Keegan are at the age where they can start experiencing the fun of camping, and the Carver Lake Campout was a great way to get an introduction to camping.

The Carver Lake Campout was July 10-11 at Carver Lake Park.

During the campout families brought only their tents, sleeping bags and pillows; the city supplied everything else.

Christine Twait said having the city provide everything from food to activities was one of the biggest draws for her family to try out camping for the first time.

"Instead of packing up the whole cooler and driving an hour, we wanted to try camping on a small scale and just get our feet wet," Twait said.

Christine and her husband are new faces to Woodbury, moving here only 4 months ago, and this seemed like a great way to meet people in the community.

"It's a really casual way to meet people," Twait said.

Testing the camping waters seemed to be a common reason for coming out for the Carver Lake Campout. Natalie and Henry Lozano and their daughter Elena, 9, and Abby, 6, are already thinking about where they want to camp next because they felt the experience was such a success after only a couple hours.

"We're already talking about whether or not we want to try camping up North," Natalie said. "It's definitely a good experience and the girls are already having a great time."

Eileen Eng mirrors the Lozan's sentiments that the Carver Lake Campout proved that they are ready to venture out into the wilderness and try camping on their own and "roughing it" a bit more. The Engs will be camping at Lake Elmo Park Reserve later this month.

"We wanted to try it out first and see if they're ready to camp, and they are" Eileen said. "For them, the tent is our home outside."

For more photos of the Carver Lake Campout, pick up a Wednesday, July 15 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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