• Peter Carter, 5, and brother Gavin, 4, look for shells as they explore the grounds of Tompkins Basin Saturday.

    Family Campout

    Peter Carter, 5, and brother Gavin, 4, look for shells as they explore the grounds of Tompkins Basin Saturday.

  • Chief Warrant Officer Charles Ciccarelli prepares food for his family in the Osprey Pavilion Saturday.

    Family Campout

    Chief Warrant Officer Charles Ciccarelli prepares food for his family in the Osprey Pavilion Saturday.

  • Tents filled the grassy areas of Tompkins Basin Saturday as families relaxed in the shade during the Family Campout sponsored by DFMWR.

    Family Campout

    Tents filled the grassy areas of Tompkins Basin Saturday as families relaxed in the shade during the Family Campout sponsored by DFMWR.

  • Campers check out the fishing off the new pier in Tompkins Basin.

    Family Campout

    Campers check out the fishing off the new pier in Tompkins Basin.

FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- More than 50 individuals of all ages, including a few infants took part in FMWR's Family Campout over the weekend in Tompkins Basin.

Good weather prevailed as campers took part in numerous available activities, including hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

Campers ranged from the prepared-for-everything to first-time novices. The common element they shared was enjoying being outside and in the elements.

Brianna Carter, FMWR recreation specialist was enthused about the number of people in attendance.
"It really is a great opportunity for everyone to find out how much fun camping is," Carter said as she built a fire for roasting marshmallows.

Three more Family Campout events are scheduled for the fall. Dates are Sept. 26-27, Oct.24-25, and Nov.14-15. Each event is scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon the following day.

For more information, call 703-805-1226 or to reserve a space, call 703-805-3081.

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