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! View/download our printable flyer.

Our 37th Season! Dayton Backpacker Campfire was started by Deck Hunter in 1979.

2015 - 2016 Schedule

October 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

Program: National Parks and Monuments in Southern Utah

Presenter: Don and Nancy Drozd

Description: The presentation my wife and I are giving is about our 3 week trip to Southern Utah and Northern Arizona in May & June 2014 when we visited 9 National Parks and Monuments. It was a combination of tent camping and every so often staying in a cabin at one of the National Parks. We drove from Dayton and all our gear fit reasonably well into our Honda Accord. For those who enjoy our great National Parks, if you haven’t been to Southern Utah yet, then a trip of this type is an absolute must for your bucket list.

November 13, 2015 - 7:00pm

Program: Antarctic Plunge - Tour of "Penguin Land"

Presenter: Allen Johnson

Description: Allen Johnson will describe his two-week trip across the Antarctic Circle to the icy mainland. He encountered thousands of penguins, hundreds of seals and dozens of whales. Allen's hope to bring back a penguin chick were thwarted when the guide removed the chick from Allen's backpack.

December 11, 2015 - 7:00pm

Program: The Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota

Presenter: Andy Niekamp and Yvonne Entingh

Description: Join us for a photo journey on the not-so-well-known Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Hiking Trail is a footpath that follows the rocky ridgeline above Lake Superior on Minnesota's North Shore. Our 270 mile, 21 day backpacking trek, took us from the remote Canadian border south to bustling Duluth in wolf, bear and moose country through spectacular scenery of wild rivers, cascading waterfalls and beautiful vistas of the lake the Ojibwe called Gitche Gumee.

January 8, 2016 - 7:00pm

Program: China

Presenter: Randy Rapin

Description: 13 days in China. In October of 2014 I traveled to Huangshan, Beijing, and the Jinshanling Great wall. I wanted to see the rustic areas of the great wall. If you want to see what the great wall looks like in 2014 after 1,000 years of disrepair then come and share my experience. Built over 2,200 years ago. It is still a magnificent site.

Check out this fine program by Adventurer Amy Purdy on the same night, same time at The Adventure Summit.


February 12, 2016 - 7:00pm

Program: BSA Backpack Trip on the Appalachian Trail

Presenter: John Youker

Description: This past summer, I led, with 2 other scoutmasters, a group of 10 Boy Scouts on an 85 mile backpacking trek out of Damascus, VA, in preparation for our troops trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, NM next year. This presentation is geared toward Boy Scout Scoutmasters, parents, or anyone needing to plan a backpacking trip into the back country with a group of people. We will discuss preparation, logistics, packing, trail nutrition, and finally have some great photos of the Grayson Highlands area in VA. I will have a fully packed backpack to show proper packing and have at least one, if not a few more of the scouts with me if you have any questions directly for the boys. We will also cover hiking in groups, camp site selection, hammock vs tent, and trail hygiene with 10 boys on the trail. Lastly I will wrap up with a service project that we performed while on our trek. IF you have ever wanted to take a group of youth into the woods, or see how the Boy Scouts do it, and also see some GREAT photos of Grayson Highlands, this is the presentation for you!

March 11, 2016 - 7:00pm

Program: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa

Presenter: Brian Stadler

Description: Brian Stadler will present photos with commentary on a recent climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania this past February of 2015. This climb was with a group of like minded Dayton backpackers who have backpacked together for several years now. The presentation will cover preparation for the climb, the climb, as well as a few photos of the area around Kilimanjaro.

April 8, 2016 - 7:00pm

Program: Day Hiking the El Camino Trail in Spain

Presenter: John and Miriam Jackobs

Description: The el Camino has several routes through Europe. Our trek took us from Tui, Spain to Santiago, Spain, a distance of about 70 miles over 6 days. The presentation will include several images of the paths that make up this portion of the el Camino, the signage to keep everyone on the trail, the towns along the trail and other sights of Spain.