Scout, Locust celebrate opening of campsites

Published 10:16 am Tuesday, September 26, 2023

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The City of Locust recently celebrated the opening of a campsite at Officer Jeff Shelton Park.

Locust resident and Boy Scout Sam Watson planned, mapped and organized the construction of the tent pads and stairs in the campsite area for his Eagle Scout project.

Troop 202 assisted him with the installation. City Council committed up to $10,000 to complete the campsite area, with the addition of a water station, trash station, picnic tables, fire rings on concrete pads, posts with lantern hooks and an added pathway to better access restrooms, according to Emily Jones, director of parks and recreation.

Xavieon Fenner, left, and Scout Brantley Murray roast marshmallows at the opening of the camp site in Locust (Contributed)

There are four campsites. Site 3 is a group site with two tent pads sharing one fire ring and one picnic table. They are primitive tent sites with no electricity.

“It would be a great camping weekend for new-to-camping families, residents, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts,” Jones said.

The area was an underused wooded area near the horse shoe pits.

Reservations are required. The fee is $10/night for residents and $20/night for non-residents. Reservations must be made online at