Military Campgrounds – Serving Those Who Serve Us

We’ve camped in many places over the years.  State parks amongst trees and lakes, beaches with white sand, and at theme parks surrounded by roller coasters.  But imagine camping on an active military base, with the adrenaline rush of fighter jets zooming by just a short distance above the trees.  That is just one of the things you may experience while camping at one of our nation’s 247 military campgrounds.

While I am not a veteran nor active duty, my family was able to camp recently at the Tyndall Air Force Base FamCamp as we were sponsored guests of a family member who serves in the Army.  We felt very fortunate to enjoy this benefit as guests of the FamCamp.  And at our civilian rate of $25/night, within a short drive of white sand Gulf Coast beaches, we really were fortunate!  The FamCamp features full hookup sites, bath and laundry facilities, a beautiful recreation hall, nature trails, fishing and other amenities.  And as I mentioned before, a daily Air Force jet show right over our heads!

All but a small handful of U.S. states are home to at least one military campground.  Many states have multiple facilities, including those in typical winter destinations such as Florida, Texas, Arizona and California, which has 32 campgrounds!  Facilities offer weekly and monthly rates, and it was clear at the Tyndall FamCamp that many retired veterans take advantage of these campgrounds for their winter getaways. And why shouldn’t they?  Providing these beautiful and affordable facilities is the least our country can do to thank our brave servicemen and women for their service.

If you are active duty or retired military, a disabled veteran, Department of Defense worker or a lucky guest of these patriots, our nation’s military campgrounds are worth a look!

11 Replies to “Military Campgrounds – Serving Those Who Serve Us”

  1. Thanks for the great entry! I definitely plan to check into other military campgrounds! You should do more blogs for this site!

    1. Thank you Rita!! These campgrounds really are a great amenity for those that have served and their families.

      I do plan on submitting more entries to the blog…so long as the Administrators will let me! It’s fun sharing my thoughts with fellow campers.

  2. It seems like my husband who served in active duty, the reserve, and the national guard for 12 years would be eligible to take advantage of these campgrounds but if we are interpreting the rules correctly – he’s not. It would be nice if they were open to all past and present armed service members. Great post BTW Dave – keep them coming.

    1. Thank you Elaine. I wish I understood the Fam Camp eligibility rules better…it is a shame that your family doesn’t qualify based upon your husband’s service. They must have established certain criteria, but I agree with you that it would be nice if it were open to all who have served.

  3. The military Fam-camps are awesome. As the mom of a service member we have stayed at a couple of them. It was nice being able to stay close to our kids in a campground we knew for sure we were safe in! I will be checking out the Macdill fam-camp in Tampa in the near future.
    Thanks Dave, your blog was truly appreciated!

    1. Thank you for the comments Cherie! And thank you for your family’s service to our Nation!! I’m glad you have been able to enjoy the Fam Camps, and look forward to hearing more about your future visits.

  4. Regarding Elaine’s comment…military campgrounds are available to retirees (as well as active duty, Guard, Reserves)…so her hubby would have to have served at least 20 years (or it might be 25 now…we’ve been retired for awhile) but that would include active duty as well as reserve time.

    We love using military campgrounds and will plan our trips around them. One thing to note…it seems that the RV parks are always near the ammo or fuel dump! I said it’s because they figure we are expendable…the hubs says it’s because we are the base’s last line of defense and they know the “old codgers” will fight like h*** before they let infiltrators make them break camp. LOL Happy trails!

  5. Thanks for the update. I stayed at Tyndall AFB some years ago but they didn’t have hookups or much of anything as I recall. Military Famcamps are open to active duty and retired military personnel and some other categories of federal employees or disabled veterans etc who may be entitled to base privileges (ie BX, commissary). They are not taxpayer funded, but operated from fees collected from morale/recreation facilities used by the military. Therefore some Famcamps are “rustic”, little more than an isolated area carved out on the edge of some military installation. Many however are very nice.

  6. Thanks for the postings. I’ve used several Famcamps as a disabled Vet. Always found everyone social and helpfully. Never known anyone to be turned away at least for one night. But you must remember these are government sites. Also check each states’ rules for Military (this might include former, active, retired & disabled), Fed employees & Gov employees. A lot of times, resident of the State is not required. FL has free admission to any state parks with pre-approval and discount on camping. Most States have discounts for Military. Also, check the local areas in a city. Brookville, IN has a “nice” state park/lake with over 500 sites. In the city of Brookville, IN is a county park with 100 “really nice” sites and free to Military.

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