MWR Mayport is headed to Camp Blanding in Starke, Fla., for the Great Navy Campout. This fun-filled camping trip is the weekend of Sept. 15-16. Participants can enjoy hiking, swimming, stargazing, children’s learning activities, s’mores around the campfire, and more. Camping equipment is provided by Outdoor Adventures with the choice of a Basic Camp Package or a Full Camp Package.

“The best thing about this campout is that it is perfect for all skill levels,” explained Supervisory Recreation Specialist, Melissa Dickerson. “We offer hands-on help for the beginning camper, and we offer freedom for the experienced camper.”

The Basic Camp Package includes a 5-person tent, sleeping bags, fan/light, small cooler, charcoal (if needed), and all campsite fees. Participants utilizing this package can bring their favorite food and drinks to prepare on site. The Basic Camp Package is only $8 per adult, and $2 per child (ages 3-11). 

The Full Camp Package includes everything in the Basic Camp Package plus, drinks, dinner Saturday night, and breakfast Sunday morning. A traditional menu of burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, and tossed salad will be served for dinner with drinks like Gatorade, pink lemonade, and water. Breakfast includes eggs, breakfast meats, toast, and more. The Full Camp Package is only $22 per adult, and $10 per child (ages 3-11).

Recreational and educational activities are planned for the weekend. Campers can stay busy with fun activities organized by MWR like a scavenger hunt, nature walk, and board games. Another planned camp favorite is making s’mores around the fire. MWR will also teach lessons on canoeing, fire safety, and Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace is a set of outdoor ethics which promotes conservation and minimizing the impact of recreational activities in nature.

“We offer a wide variety of activities for people to stay busy,” Dickerson stated, “but people are free to explore on their own.”

Families can choose independent activities like free swim, nature trails, and more. The campsite is home to a lake where people can fish and canoe. Groups can bring their own recreational equipment or they can use fishing poles and canoes provided by Outdoor Adventures.

Check-in time on Sept. 15 is from 11am - 1pm, and check-out on Sept. 16 is at 1pm. To join the fun, groups need to sign up by Aug. 28 and provide their own transportation. The event is open to all ages, but pets and alcohol need to stay at home. Stop by Outdoor Adventures or call 904-270-5221 for more information. 

“It’s a great time for all ages and experience levels,” Dickerson concluded. 

While the Great Navy Campout is Sept. 15-16, MWR patrons can rent camping and recreational equipment at Outdoor Adventures throughout the year. For more information about Outdoor Adventures and programs offered through MWR Mayport, visit www.navymwrmayport.com.