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Can I come for just part of camp?

Of course! Our day rate is $20/person. New days are counted at midnight. If you’re able to come for more than two days combined, it’s better to get our week rate and enjoy Family Camp as you can!

Can I come early?

Yes! Guests can book lodging as early as Thursday before camp starts (due to camp preparations, our campground is not open before this date). Please note that lodging rates still apply, and activities are generally unavailable until Saturday of Family Camp. Call us at 903-636-9201 to extend your stay!

Are pets allowed if they stay in my camper?

No, we’re sorry! We have a strict no-pet policy during Family Camp. You’re welcome to check out the following local kennels. Service animals are welcomed with prior registration and documentation.

Can I do laundry on campus?

Yes! We have laundry facilities available in our Guest Lodges, Cabins, and Campground.

It costs $2 to wash and dry one load of clothes. Machines are coin-operated without attached payment boxes. Please use the coins provided to operate the machines and make cash payments through the designated payment box on the wall.

There is are also laundromats available in Big Sandy (1200 Family World Dr, Big Sandy, TX 75755) and Gladewater (Laundry King, 603 W Upshur Ave, Gladewater, TX 75647). 

Can we bring our drones?

Unfortunately, no. No UAVs may be piloted from the ALERT Academy property.

Do you have a packing list?

Yes! Check out our Family Camping Packing List compiled by our Family Campers themselves!

Do you rent Golf Carts?

Unfortunately, we don’t, but we have some great vendors listed here!

Can I bring my ATV?

Unfortunately, no.

Motorcycles, four-wheelers, or dirt bikes are not allowed before, after, or during Family Camp.

Please note that all golf carts and side-by-sides must be operated by those ages 16+. These vehicles will be treated like cars and must follow all posted speed limits and other road signs.

Do you have bike rentals?

Nope. Bicylces are not available for rent during Family Camp—but you’re welcome to bring your own! Just don’t forget to take them home with you!

What's the dress code?

Glad you asked! Check out our Family Camp Dress Code.

What about Firewood and Ice?

Good question! Firewood and ice are available for self-serve purchase from Bathhouse 1414 and Pine Lodge!

Firewood ($5/bundle — approx. 20 pieces) Proceeds benefit ALERT training and deployments. 

Ice ($2/10 lb bag)

Is the lake open for swimming?

Unfortunately, swimming is not allowed during Family Camp.

Our lakefront is open from sunrise to sunset every day for caonoing, kayaking, and catch-and-release fishing! (No fishing between the docks, please.)

Life jackets are required to be worn in watercraft at all times. All nessesary equipment is provided at the lakefront.

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