Beach Camping 101

So you think you are a professional camper? You’re either a scout or you’ve been camping since you were a young child. So… you register for one of our overnight camping events (Beach Jam, Beach Blast, Beach LAX, Wild Half or Coastin’ by the Ocean), your start packing your car and then what… No sand stakes? To many bags to carry to the beach? What about sand crabs? Relax. I am a professional BEACH camper and I’m here to help. Here are the top 5 beach camping tips:

1. Sand Crabs cannot hurt you and are usually much closer to the water. You will probably only see one if you want to.

2. You do not need sand stakes (unless you already have them). Bring a box of gallon Ziploc bags, fill them with sand and put them in the corners of your tent. This will be enough to keep your tent planted during the ocean breeze.

3. Purchase a plastic sled. Yes. I am going to say this again. Purchase a plastic sled. I know you are wondering…why in the world? You are going to be walking the very beautiful but very wide Wildwood beach and the easiest way to get your gear across the sand in on a plastic sled. Trust me. You will be thanking me when you see someone who did not take my advice and is struggling.

4. Set up camp on high ground. Of course we hope for no rain, but since you are camping outside, it could happen.

5. Pack ear plugs. There are quiet hours and we do enforce them but when there are thousands of campers on the beach it’s not going to be like sleeping in your bedroom quiet.

And just to remind you of these quick safety tips…no open flames on the beach, no swimming without a lifeguard, camp in only designated areas, do not climb on the big sand piles, know what to do in case of inclement weather (listen for announcements and go to your car until the storm passes) and finally do not go under the boardwalk (even though you’ve heard the song).

For more information on Beach Camping please visit Beach Camping FAQs!

and of course…Have Fun!

See you at the Shore, Kristel


Nora says:

May 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I would love my son to have thie experince but r cub pack dont go. How could I get register so my son can come?

Yvonne Herrmann says:

May 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Nora, we go every year, though the rest of our pack doesn’t, it’s easy to sign up on the website, just go to group events. The entire family is welcome!

kathy mckeever says:

May 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm

are there showers?

Alison says:

May 19, 2011 at 3:47 pm

There are showers available in the waterpark.

tracey gelber says:

May 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm

is the waterpark open for beach jam and can a family member buy admission on Friday evening at the boardwalk?

Alison says:

May 20, 2011 at 8:19 am

The waterpark does not open until next weekend, but the showers/restrooms there will be available for use. Family members can purchase tickets or wristbands for the rides at Guest Services.

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