It is looking to be a great time at Stone Soup. For over 30 years we have held this event.
Those coming just for Saturday will pay the normal park entrance fee. For anyone camping at the group site or family campground, your camping fees include the park entrance fee.
Camping for the youth group site with running water and toilets will be $5.00 per night adult/ $1.00 per night youth. You can also camp in the family camp ground. You can also make reservations at the family camp ground but hurry.
Agenda ( you can do the parts you like or everything):
Friday - Those that will be camping will stop in the office to register on your way into the park. Lenny will be gathering the money in the camp site. You will be able to bring your car in to unload and then park your car back out in parking lot. There will need to be 50+ tents set up in the area so keep that in mind when setting up. We will use one or two of the fire pits for a group fire. Park closes at sunset.
8:30 Meet at the Pavillion 9 (Cypress) for 7 mile Dead River hikes. Please bring, sun screen, bug spray, snacks, and at least 1 liter of water or a bottle to fill before we head out.
10:30 short hike - 1 mile nature trail for kids or 3 mile hike on the Florida Trail Loop (1 miler/kids hike led by Carol MacInnes / 3 miler led by Marcie Clutter)
12:30 - Kids place the stones in the soup to get us started with the reading of Stone Soup
12:30 –1:00 Lunch (bring your own) & FTA Chapter meeting.
1:00 kids table/activities
12:30 - 1:30 Bring your items for stone soup to the Cypress Pavillion where Joe will be the head cook in charge. We will have the stones, pots, water and fire. You need to bring a meat or veggie to add to the soup. We will have a meat and a meatless pot of soup. Also, please bring an item to pass that would go with the soup. Make sure you precut the meat or veggie into soup size pieces ahead of time You may also want to bring a bowl. I will have everything but a paper bowel is not the best for soup. If you are arriving late – after 1:30, please bring canned items so they have time to cook.
1:00 – 1:30 auction of hiking, camping, or other new or lightly used items. Bring your money or check book so you will not lose out on the great items. Also bring those items to donate to the auction so we can raise some money for the trail (all money will be used to help the trails.)
2:00 & 4:00 Saturday and 11am Sunday Fort Foster is the only standing replica of a Second Seminole War Fort in the United States. Guided Tours of Fort Foster are offered; weather permitting, Saturdays at 2 pm & 4 pm and Sundays at 11 am. Your step back in time will begin at the park's concession located in parking lot #4. From there a tram will transport you to Fort Foster where you will see the only authentically reconstructed fort from the era of the Second Seminole Indian War (1830s). Allow approximately one-and-a-half hours for the tour.
3:30 Soup is on!!!
5:00meet at the group camp site for a fire and friendship around the fire ( you do not have to camp). The group site is located across the parking lot from the Pavilion