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Old 05-25-2013, 09:48 PM   #1
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Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Travel Camp

Spending Memorial Day Weekend at Fort Belvoir's new Travel Camp. Located alongside the Potomac River, the camp opened on Friday, May 17, 2013. The camp was in the planning stage for 13 years, has 52 sites, full hook-ups, 40' concrete pads (albeit, some with leveling challenges). Nicely spaced sites with picnic tables and a firepit/grill. The camp is located in a large open area bordered by large, mature trees and the Potomac River. Amenities include a clean bath house, laundry facility, restrooms, gazebo, gated access, fishing pier within walking distance. A gym, camp activities, camp store, and other amenities are in the planning stage. The cost is a bit steep ($60 a night) but it is cost comparable for the area. Rumor has it a price reduction is under review. As is typical of most camp start ups, there are a few bugs to work out but the camp director and her staff are working hard to make the camp a top notch destination. The camp director is accessible, friendly, and solicits constructive customer input. The staff is equally friendly, customer oriented and eager to make this a great place to camp. We spent last weekend here and liked it so much we are back for the holiday weekend.

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Old 05-27-2013, 04:59 AM   #2
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Post some pics!!!......... is it opened to the public, maybe a site or two?

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Old 05-27-2013, 05:20 AM   #3
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That would make this camp almost 3X the most expensive camps Ive seen or used thus far.

I realize it is in the DC area, and I recently retired from this Northern VA area and moved because of the high cost of living. That said, it is hard for me to believe this park offers the amenities that rate that price.

Sure hope they offer great WiFi and cable TV with premium channels for that money. Plus a great view of the Potomac!
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Agree, the cost is out of character with other military camps but, as I have been informed, the Army's MWR system marches to another drummer than the other Services. One can hope one day the Army will figure it out. As for wifi and cable, I am told they are on the way, contract has been let but the infrastructure is not yet in place. (It is my understanding the individual responsible for the original planning & design of the Travel Camp was neither a camper or RV'er. Go Army!). But, don't blame the current director or her staff ... They inherited a nightmare and are doing great things to make the Travel Camp a 'destination' travel camp. I will post some photos when I figure out how to do it. :-).
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To high of a $$ for me. I'll go to Fort Mead, MD. Or to Lunga Park, Quantico, VA if it ever opens again.

It is not that I cannot afford it, it is the principle of the thing. Consider the lower pay grade troops visiting the area with a small travel trailer and a couple of kids. Their budge with today's military pay scale just does not support that extravagance. I don't know what those military facilitates are thinking of when they price things.

I know the military pay structure is better than when I was in, but when I was in, travel trailer rentals were $20 a day. So, in five days it would use up 1/3 of my monthly pay, or more.
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It should not matter what the going rate is in the area for a military FAMCAMP, MWR gets the land for free, alot of support from the base etc. But $60 a night is out of line.
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Fort Belovoir/ Pohick Bay

We spent the first week of July around the corner from Fort Belvoir at Pohick Bay Park. $30 a day, fairly nice park, with lots of activities, and still very convenient to DC. We have family in the area so we didnít spend much time at the camp grounds between visiting family and sightseeing. My folks had the site next to ours. It rained several days, which did not help, as the sites are gravel and not all level. We did enjoy the pool, trails, and kayaks. It was a busy week at the campgrounds, and for us. I would go back especially if we time to enjoy the park at a slower pace.
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Ft Belvoir

I understand that this was 13 years in the making but even with the gov't mindset the military deserves better. Not just the price or the total lack of oversight on design and layout but its been 90 days and no price change, no consideration for our young Soldiers that could be treating their families to the joy of camping. Understand not this staff's fault, but the problems have been laid out for them, they just keep saying we are reviewing...It wouldn't take much to fix the design flaws, they won't. They will get campers (choices are limited in the area), so they will tell themselves and the Post command that numbers are up and all is fine. I am currently stationed here so I'll continue to complain and watch for action on this. But I won't camp there till they quit promising and take action.

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