FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Cool, crisp air and a crackling bonfire await Fort Rucker families during the sixth annual Camping Under the Stars Military Family Month event Nov. 18 from 5-10 p.m. at Lake Tholocco's West Beach.

"Camping is a great activity for families to enjoy some quality time together," Aida Stallings, Fort Rucker Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation community recreation division business manager, said. "It is our way of celebrating month of the military family, by providing a free event."

The event, located near the West Beach Gazebo, is free to all military I.D. cardholders and their families. Patrons are asked to bring their tents, blankets and chairs to camp out. However, outdoor recreation will offer free use of three-person and six-person tents. Supplies are limited. Families planning to camp out overnight or who need to reserve a tent should contact MWR Central at 255-2997.

"We will be showing two movies this year," Stallings said. "The first one will be 'Big Hero 6' and right after that will be 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.' There will be hot chocolate, coffee, popcorn and all the ingredients to make s'mores.

"(Army Community Service) will host a family version of the 'Newlywed Game,' she added. "(Col. Shannon T. Miller, Fort Rucker garrison commander,) will also read a story with a little help from Sgt. Ted E. Bear."

More than 160 family members attended last year's event, according to Stallings, and even more are expected this year.

"There are limited tents available, so families are urged to contact (ODR) to receive one," she said. "Not everyone spends the night. Some people just pop their tents for the fun and outdoor experience, and then leave after the last movie."

"November is the month of the military family, and we (at DFMWR) do the best we can to show that we care about the Soldiers and their families by providing an excellent event that brings the military families together for a night of fun, camping and watching two great movies on the big screen," Stallings said.

No campfires or pets are allowed, according to Stallings.

For more information, call 255-1749.