Welcome to Dayton Backpacker Campfire!


Bring your family and friends to Dayton's original Backpacker Campfire, featuring adventure, nature and travel programs. Our programs are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. All programs are on Friday evening at 7:00pm and last about an hour. Coffee, tea and hot drinks served. Come join us!

Our 38th Season! Dayton Backpacker Campfire was started in 1979. A bit of history.

2016 - 2017 Schedule

April 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

Program: An Antarctic Adventure

Presenter: Greg Bell and Margaret Hurley

Description: Most people never consider taking a trip to the "white continent". Meet a local couple who have traveled there and found it to be one of the most beautiful and fascinating places on earth. They will tell tales of the (at times harrowing) journey itself, share pictures of the unique wildlife and rugged scenery and tell the story of the excuse that got them there.

May 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

Program: New Zealand Adventure

Presenter: Don and Nancy Drozd

Description: For 3 weeks in Feb. & March 2016, Don and Nancy Drozd toured both islands that make up New Zealand. Except when on organized tours, they did all the driving, and they say, "This was one of best vacations ever." They did several hikes in NZ to include the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing (19 K), Queen Charlotte Track, and the Routeburn Track. They took a helicopter ride to the Franz Josef glacier where they then hiked for about 2 hours and was a once in a lifetime experience. Another memorable event was the flight in an 8-seater airplane from Queenstown up to 10,000 feet over the mountains and eye level with the glaciers to Milford Sound. Then boarding a boat for a trip on scenic Milford Sound and then back on the plane to Queenstown. If you have ever thought about going to NZ, this presentation will no doubt convince you to go, and Don and Nancy will love to tell you about their wonderful experience in this tourist friendly country.