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2 years 3 months ago - 2 years 3 months ago #17709 by [email protected]
My first attempt to stay at a military campground was a disaster. Booked a site at Point Mugu NAS for Janurary 1 for 4 days. Verified that my service connected disability card was all I needed to access the facility.

Arrived early afternoon on the 1st. As after some mixed messages at he gate. I was informed that I could not be vetted and if I was, my wife would not be allowed access to to the base.

I am out $200+ for camping fees and had to drive for hours to locate a campground with a space on new years. Totally frustrated with the process and regret ever trying to use a military campground.
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2 years 3 months ago #17710 by [email protected]
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and to add insult to injury, the facility is charging me for the first night as a no show after I notified them that I was turned away at the gate.

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2 years 2 months ago #17734 by rgpigeon
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Sorry this has happened to you. I can imagine how upset you would be. I am new to this process as it exists today. I signed up here thinking this is where I could make reservations but looks like I made a mistake... I too as a retired soldier have and had no luck using "MWR" facilities and camping. I seem to be last on a long list of "others" including civilian DOD employees. Seems folks running the show at each facility are deciding who gets in... If anyone else is using this site, how do we request for reservations at an facility? Thank you in advance.

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2 years 2 months ago #17736 by larryf
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Sorry this has happened to you. I can imagine how upset you would be. I am new to this process as it exists today. I signed up here thinking this is where I could make reservations but looks like I made a mistake... I too as a retired soldier have and had no luck using "MWR" facilities and camping. I seem to be last on a long list of "others" including civilian DOD employees. Seems folks running the show at each facility are deciding who gets in... If anyone else is using this site, how do we request for reservations at an facility? Thank you in advance.

Welcome to the site.

First - military campgrounds operate independently from each other. Except for the Navy, there is no central reservation system. Even for the Navy, the central reservation system they use ( dodlodging.net ) is messed up most of the time. I've never had luck using their site. The best method to get a reservation at any military campground is to call them directly. This website includes the phone numbers of all military campgrounds. A few do operate their own reservation website. It may take some patience and persistence in getting your call through.

Secondly, as a retired "soldier", you are not at the bottom of the authorization list. "Retired Military" are listed as third in the UNLIMITED authorization for utilization of MWR facilities (DOD Regulation). However, I agree that at some locations (depending on the time of the year), it's very difficult to get a reservation. This article includes copies of the regulations.

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2 years 2 months ago #17738 by rodleh
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Well seeing this string is a little disheartening but not a surprise. I've been calling a Navy campground "Sea Mist" in VA beach almost daily and am still waiting for them to answer or for them to call back. The campground has good reviews but I just wonder how the people got camp sites.
I was hoping creating an account would let me make a reservation online.

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2 years 1 month ago #17752 by dannsh13
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Why is there not a standardize FamCamp policy instead of each base using their own criteria.
We made reservation at the Arnold AB FamCamp. I called and talked to the reservation office.
I ask what are the procedures to get into the FamCamp. I was told to just come in the housing gate and their building is on the right. Well there is a guard at the gate and guess what? We were not registered with the base and must go to the visitor center. One there we were told I could register and have the three days, but my daughter and wife had to re-register everyday.
Now the FamCamp at Kirtland AB my wife had to re-register every two weeks.
Our problem with the Navy recreation area at Millington,TN was even worse. We had two weeks booked. We arrived at the wrong gate at 3:00 pm and were told we needed go to the north gate. It took us 34 minutes to get turned around and get through traffic to get to the north gate. The office closed at 3:30. We were four minutes late and the person come to the door and told us to come back tomorrow. After some urging I had not luck and this person was very rude. He pushed my PTSD button. I walked away screaming at the sky next to entrance gate.
We then found the Agra Center in Memphis and spent our two weeks at the Agra Center.

Now after this last two experiences I do not plan on using FamCamps in the future.

Now that being said the Army Camp Carson recreation area was great. No stupid security.

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