The coordinators of the Dayton Backpacker Campfire programs, in partnership with Five Rivers MetroParks, are:

Kevin Whitworth – [email protected]

Mary Ann Wendeln – [email protected]

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The Dayton Backpacker Campfire was established by Deck Hunter in 1979. 

Read about the history in this Dayton Daily News Article (January 2022)


A History of Dayton Backpacker Campfire coordinators: 

Mary Ann Wendeln and Kevin Whitworth: 2019 – Present (Programs Paused: 2019 – 2021)

John Riggins: 2017 – 2019

Don Klosterman: 2003 – 2016 

Jim Swaney: 1992 – 2003 

Mary Ann Wendeln: 1986 – 1992 

Deck Hunter: 1979 – 1986