Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Need help to locate camping facilities
Re: Need help to locate camping facilities
Sat, 14 Nov 1998 09:11:10 -0500
Please don't tell anyone about Chincoteague! It's a secret. :-)
You've hit on my family's favorite place in the whole world. One week a year
the town goes crazy when the fire department herds the ponies over from
Assateague, to sell them as their only fund raiser - the remainder of the year
it's a quiet, peaceful, island just over the Virginia line on the DelMarVa
Peninsula. It's the last place near here where you can still spend a week
without mortgaging your home. Your kids can walk the streets without worries,
there are none of the gaudy/glitzy tourist traps that plague the bigger beach
towns. There are several good resturants - but not too many. Crabbing and
fishing are always great, and you can clam to your heart's content. Chincoteague
is a town where the city police still do a nightly walk thru "downtown" checking
the door locks on all the businesses. When I cross the bridge ove Chincoteague
Channel, I may not be in Mayberry, but it feels like it.
But if you must...
There are several private campgrounds on Chincoteague. The two biggest are Maddox
Family Campground, which is very close to the bridge leading over to Assateague.
The other one, Tom's Cove Park, is nearer the south end of the island - close to
where the ponies swim across. Both have great facilities and give Scout groups a
discount. Tom's Cove has several fishing/crabbing piers, as well as a marina
where you can dock your own boat.
You can get information on either at the town's Chamber of Commerce's web site. I
don't have the address, but go to Yahoo/Infoseek/etc. and search for
Chincoteague. There's only one!
Over on the Maryland side of Assateague (which you cannot reach from Virginia)
there is a state park with camping facilities.
There are no BSA campgrounds that are very near there. The closest would be Camp
Henson (used to be named Camp Nanticoke), which is near Federalsburg, MD - just
west of Seaford, Delaware. It's about 1-1/2 hours from Chincoteague.
Some folks canoe in the channels and back waters, but I'd be careful, and only let
more experienced Scouts on the water. While it's mostly shallow water - it moves
pretty fast in some areas.
If I can be of any further help, let me know. Chincoteague is part of our
Council, but they're so far away we don't see many of them very often.
"William Wolf, Jr" wrote:
> The PLC in our Troop has decided to possible camp at Chincoteague/Assateague
> Island (Virginia/Maryland).
Ron Raab-Long DelMarVa Council Two Bays District
Dover, DE UC, SA Bobwhite