Wednesday, June 3, 2009

media release- Camp Bayou, Ruskin

UPDATE: Check out the video...

Rebuilding a Village

The Native People's Camp at Camp Bayou was recently given a facelift by the young ladies from Brownie troop 1243 and Junior troop 356, both from Ruskin. The exhibit had been created by three Eagle Scouts a few years ago, but had been showing signs of weathering over time.

Over the course of several Saturdays, a variety of projects were tackled. A new village garden was planted, this time using native vegetation that would typically be utilized by the Natives that lived in the area over 500 years ago. Representative foods such as vegetables, meats and fish, necessarily made of plastic for the extended outdoor display time, were repainted. A general cleaning of debris makes the village look like the inhabitants will be returning momentarily. The hut was re-thatched in places that needed repairs.

The Native Camp is ready for guests- either free informal visits or formal programs requesting a modest charge per person. In addition, the simulated archaeology dig offers visitors the opportunity to be 'archaeologist for a morning'- pre-registration required. If you have a group that would like to schedule a formal program for either the Native Camp or the Archaeology Dig, please contact Dolly at or call 813-363-5438.

Camp Bayou is neither a campground nor a daycamp, but a community resource open to the public, Thursday- Saturday from 9am-2pm. It is funded through grants, donations, membership, volunteers and program fees. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR 674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. Camp Bayou is a partnership between the Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Visit online at


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