Below is a list of things to know and to bring in order to maximize your enjoyment at Camp Rockaway. If you have questions, feel free to call us at (347) 916-6199.
Dates. Camp Rockaway’s pilot at Fort Tilden will run from September 23 thru November 5, 2017.
Check In. Check in starts at 3pm and check out is by 11am. If you are not able to check in during these hours it is important that you call the front desk at (347) 916-6199 so we can greet you upon arrival and check you in.
Cancellation Policy. We offer a partial refund of 50% for bookings cancelled up to 7 days prior to arrival. If cancelled later or in case of a no-show, 100% of the booking fee will be charged.
Water/Sustainability. In an effort to keep Camp Rockaway's environmental impact to a minimum, we do not sell bottled water. Filtered water is available. We encourage you to bring your own water bottle. If you do not have a bottle (or if you forget to bring one), we have bottles available for purchase at the camp store.
Bicycles. If you are bringing your bicycle, please be sure to bring a lock as well.
Shhh. Quiet hours are from 10pm to 8am.
Campfires. Fires are allowed only in designated areas. No outside firewood is permitted. Tree-killing insects and diseases can hitch-hike hundreds of miles on firewood. Collecting firewood in the park is also prohibited.
Bugs. Camp Rockaway has insect repellant and bite relief products available for purchase.
Weather. The fall is a beautiful time to visit Rockaway. The weather tends to be very comfortable for exploring — warm days and cooler nights are perfect for walking along the pristine beaches or within historic Fort Tilden’s nearly 100 acres of decommissioned military structures and reclaimed natural areas. The average high in October is 65 degrees, and the average low is 50.
Transportation. Depending on where you’re coming from, there are a number of ways to get to Camp Rockaway. We are located along Davis Road. Parking is located behind the Rockaway Theater Company. See detailed directions.
Bathrooms. Restrooms and showers are conveniently located immediately outside the campground, across Davis Road. The facilities have hot and cold water. Water conservation is a key component of Camp Rockaway’s commitment to the environment.
Safety/Security. United States Park Police patrol all of Gateway National Recreation Area 24 hours a day.
Children. We welcome families and look forward to having you and your children camp with us. If you have a baby/toddler/young child who will sleep with you, please do NOT include them in the number of guests when you book your reservation. If you do require a separate/pup tent for older children who will sleep separately, please DO include them in the number of guests below and choose "Wall Tent PLUS Pup Tent" as your accommodation. Please note that quiet hours for everyone are from 10pm until 8am.
Pets. As per the National Park Service, pets are prohibited in the campground.
Alcohol: As per the National Park Service, glass containers and alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the campground.
Food: Feel free to bring your own food. We have a 2-burner stove, basic cookware and cooking utensils. Our fire pit has a grill and may be used in the evenings. We recommend bringing food that is easy to prepare and does not require water. There is no refrigeration. Guests must store all food in their cars.
Power/Connectivity. Each Wall Tent is equipped with a Voltaic Shine Solar Light + USB Charger capable of charging any USB device. Voltaic Arc 10W Solar Chargers are available for on a first-come, first-served basis. Herder tents are equipped with Power Practical Luminoodle Light Ropes and batteries. Pup Tents are equipped with Luminoodle Color Light Ropes. A 300 watt solar-powered battery (located in the common area) is capable of charging multiple devices. A WiFi hotspot is located in the common area.
Parking: As per the National Park Service only 1 car per site is allowed. Cars may park in the parking lots behind the chapel or the Rockaway Theater Company. Please be sure to place a Camp Rockaway parking pass on your dashboard. Passes are available upon check-in.
Water Bottles. As just one small way we try to keep our environmental impact to a minimum, we do not sell bottled water — so be sure to bring your own bottles (filtered water is available).
Flashlight. Camp Rockaway also has flashlights and solar lanterns available for purchase.
Shoes. Closed-toed, hard-soled shoes.
Layers. A long sleeve shirt, sweater or sweatshirt, long pants, warm socks, a warm hat and extra layers should keep you comfortable.
Jackets. Encouraged for all campers in the fall.
Sleeping Bags. A warm sleeping bag and extra blankets are highly recommended for traditional camping tents.