Life on Base
Camp Allen Field Day (Photo by Cpl. Logan Snyder)
Housing Service Center
Although Camp Allen does not offer official relocation assistance, the Housing Service Center at Naval Station Norfolk is adjacent to Camp Allen at 7924 14th St. The Housing Service Center has dedicated and trained professionals prepared to help you with all of your housing needs. They will help you find the right permanent housing accommodations when you arrive at Camp Allen and help you start your search for a new home when it’s time to relocate to your next PCS location.
The center maintains extensive lists of properties for sale or rent, including single-family homes, town homes, condos and apartments as well as local hotel information. The center also has information about the Rental Partnership Program, which allows active-duty service members to move into participating apartment communities without paying a security deposit. In most cases, the application fee is waived and rent is provided at a discounted price. Other services include lease and purchase agreement counseling and review, landlord-tenant dispute resolution, and workshops for buying and selling a home.
To contact the Housing Service Center, call 757-445-2802/2850. For more information on housing services at Naval Station Norfolk, visit http://cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrma/installations/ns_norfolk/ffr/housing_and_lodging.html.
Military Family Housing
Military family housing near Camp Allen is provided by Lincoln Military Housing. In Virginia, Lincoln Military Housing offers 37 communities, providing 4,053 Navy Housing properties to serve seven bases. For comprehensive information about homes and amenities available near Camp Allen, visit the Lincoln Military Housing website at http://lincolnmilitary.com.
Bachelor enlisted quarters are located aboard Naval Station Norfolk approximately 3.2 miles from MARFORCOM. Troops live in modern dormitory-style quarters with air conditioning, heating, cable, and common entertainment and relaxation areas. Each room is designed for two occupants and has a private bath.
Personnel without personal vehicles can contact the barracks duty NCO and ADNCO at 757-630-9329 or 757-444-8562 for a ride to and from the barracks and MARFORCOM. There is also a Hampton Road Transportation bus stop close to the barracks that provides service both on and off base. For more information on HRT routes and fares, visit www.gohrt.com.
For more information on MARFORCOM billeting, visit www.marforcom.marines.mil/Resources/Welcome-Aboard/MARFORCOM-Marines.
MCCS Camp Allen
Marine Corps Community Services exists to serve Marines throughout their careers and into retirement. MCCS programs and services provide for basic life needs. MCCS support services include:
- Marine Corps Family Team Building: Programs and services designed to strengthen and support families and family life.
- Semper Fit: More than just sports, this ultimate health and fitness club promotes fitness, wellness and healthy living.
- Personal services: Self-directed or intervention services for single Marines and married Marines and their families promoting responsible living, good citizenship and prevention of problems before they occur.
- Business operations: Exchanges, services, food and hospitality, lodging and recreational business programs offer Marines and families goods and services at low prices, returning profits that enhance recreation and support facility construction and renovation.
- General support: Personnel, financial, information technology and other services that provide support to MCCS programs at Marine Corps installations around the world.
For more information on MCCS programs at Camp Allen, visit www.mccscampallen.com.
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Marine Corps Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory program designed to coordinate PCS assignments for active-duty sponsors who have family members with qualifying medical or educational needs. EFMP PCS assignment coordination ensures the availability of necessary medical and educational services for these family members.
Other benefits of enrollment include:
- Access to a family caseworker and outreach specialist who will assist families with enrollment, respite care, housing, TRICARE, ECHO, IEP and school support, and advocacy.
- Monthly special newsletters and quarterly events just for EFMP families.
- 20 hours of paid reimbursed respite care to qualifying families.
- One-on-one help during a PCS move.
- Deployment support and quarterly contact for all enrolled families.
- Explanation of state and local resources.
- Social media outlets and announcements of local, specialized training for parents.
For information on Camp Allen’s EFMP program and contacts, visit www.mccscampallen.com/EFMP_local.htm.
Family Readiness Program
Family readiness programs provide resource information and support services to active-duty Marines and their families. Family readiness officers provide personnel and their families with official command information and readiness and deployment support. Officers also provide information on events, activities, services and facilities available on the base, in the local area and throughout the Marine Corps community.
For more information on MARFORCOM’s family readiness program, visit www.marforcom.marines.mil/Resources/Family-Readiness. For more information on MCSFR’s family readiness program, visit www.mcsfr.marines.mil/Resources/Family.
Single Marine Program
The Marine Corps is committed to improving the quality of life for single Marines (primarily 17- to 25-year-old Marines living in the barracks). Membership isn’t required to join — all single and unaccompanied Marines are automatically included. The program relies on the ideas, issues and concerns of Marines for its success. The program encourages single Marines to provide input and ideas toward programming for community involvement, life skills, health and wellness, recreation, career progression and more.
For more information on Camp Allen’s Single Marine Program, go to www.mccscampallen.com/smp.htm.
CHILD CARE AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
Child Development Centers
There are multiple child development centers located on or near the various military installations throughout Hampton Roads. Care is provided for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. CDCs provide safe, nurturing environments that promote the social, cognitive, language and physical development of children. The centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Navy Child Development Programs. Fees are based on total family income.
For waiting list or application information, call the Navy Mid-Atlantic Region Child Placement Program Office at 866-628-9232. Nearby Naval Station Norfolk’s Willoughby Child Development Center, at 8800 O’Conner Crescent, can be reached at 757-444-3008. For more information on this center, visit www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com and select “Child Development Center” from the “Child & Youth” drop-down menu.
Child Development Homes
Child development homes offer quality care in a loving, learning home environment for children 4 weeks to 12 years of age. The CDH program also offers an opportunity for spouses to contribute to the family income while caring for their own children. All homes are certified by the DOD and applicable state licensing agencies. CDH providers are also encouraged to obtain Navy Child and Youth accreditation by the National Association for Family Child Care. As an additional quality assurance measure, CDH providers receive a minimum of one unannounced monitoring visit each month to assess providers’ relationships with children and families, appropriateness of the learning environment, planned activities, safety and health of the home, and other items. The goal of these visits is to provide programmatic support and ensure adherence to Navy standards and policies.
For more information on local CDHs, call the Navy Mid-Atlantic Region Child Placement Program Office at 866-628-9232.
24/7 Care Centers
Nearby Naval Station Norfolk offers child care in two 24/7 centers (at 1788 Leutze Blvd. and 9655 Bacon Ave.). These centers primarily serve military personnel who work nontraditional hours — such as shift workers or watch standers — so they can balance the competing demands of family life and military readiness. The 24/7 centers combine the strengths of both in-home care and traditional center-based care. Facilities are home-like but also provide more than one professional to supervise children. The centers also offer more opportunities for child socialization in large groups similar to center-based care. Centers are certified by the DOD.
For more information, visit www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com/child-youth/child-development-homes.
School Age Care
There are multiple youth programs offered on or near the various military installations throughout Hampton Roads. Nearby Naval Station Norfolk’s school-age care programs provide quality “out of school” activities for children in kindergarten through 12 years of age. The programs are designed to enhance rather than duplicate the school day, are affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and offer 4-H programs. During the school year, before- and after-school care is available for children with transportation provided to area elementary and middle schools. All-day care services are provided for school holiday weeks and school in-service days for enrolled members. During the summer months, recreation camps are offered to accommodate children while school is out. Field trips and special events are offered and free to all participants. Costs for care services are based on total family income. Programs are fully accredited with the Council on Accreditation.
For more information on Naval Station Norfolk’s school-age care programs, visit www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com and select “School Age Care” from the “Child & Youth” drop-down menu.
A school liaison officer connects military families and private and public schools. The school liaison office provides support to service members during all stages of transition and deployment to ensure children receive every opportunity for quality education.
A school liaison officer is located at nearby Naval Station Norfolk at 9475 Bacon Ave. For more information, call 757-445-0350 or visit www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com/child-youth/school-liaison-officer.
Youth and teen programs offer developmental and recreational programs for youth through the age of 18. These programs are DOD certified and affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H. Both organizations have long been recognized as offering programs and services to youth that can instill a sense of leadership and offer opportunities for educational and career exploration and development.
To contact the Naval Station Norfolk youth center on Bellinger Boulevard, call 757-444-8259. For more information on the center and its programs, visit www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com and select “School Age Care” from the “Child & Youth” drop-down menu.
Youth Sports and Fitness Program
Youth sports and fitness programs plan, organize and conduct sports leagues, skills clinics, camps, fitness and health classes, special sporting events and outdoor recreation activities for children and youth through the age of 18. The youth sports program teaches the value of exercise, healthy living, competition, team building and group dynamics.
The youth sports programs at nearby Naval Station Norfolk are affiliated with the National Alliance for Youth Sports. For more information, visit www.navymwrnavalstationnorfolk.com and select “School Age Care” from the “Child & Youth” drop-down menu.
MAC Recreational Center
The MAC Center at Camp Allen provides Marines with a place to hang out. The center features computer stations, internet access, a video game station, a TV station and more. It is the home of the Single Marines Program for Hampton Roads. Call 757-445-5105 or visit www.mccscampallen.com/mac_center.htm for more information.
Outdoor Equipment Rentals
The Outdoor Equipment Rental and Issue Activity rental clerk is located at Camp Allen’s Hopkins Hall Gym (Building MCA-603). The equipment is maintained in the supply warehouse building (MCA-614). All equipment rentals are free if items are returned on time. Equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis; it cannot be reserved in advance.
Only authorized patrons 18 years of age or older with a valid identification card may sign for equipment. Authorized patrons include all active-duty personnel and their dependents, retired military and their dependents, reserves and their dependents, and DOD employees of Camp Allen or MARFORCOM headquarters.
For more information on equipment rentals, call 757-749-7897 or visit www.mccscampallen.com/equipment_rental.htm.
Semper Fit is more than just fitness facilities. The Semper Fit program offers Marines an excellent opportunity for self-improvement. Through the Health Promotions program, classes are offered for weight reduction, alcohol awareness, nutrition, injury prevention, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV prevention, smoking cessation and more.
Local Hampton Roads Semper Fit facilities are located at the base gym in Building MCA-603 and offer a wide variety of services. In addition to a full complement of cardiovascular and strength equipment, the gym includes a full basketball court and functional fitness area. Other services include free one-on-one personal training by degreed and certified exercise science professionals. These professionals use cutting-edge techniques like kinetic chain assessments, VO2 (lactate threshold testing), functional and sports-specific training and RMR testing (daily caloric expenditure).
For more information on Camp Allen’s Semper Fit program, call 757-445-2743 or visit www.mccscampallen.com/semper_fit.htm.
Camp Allen’s 25-yard indoor shooting range is located on the corner of Rodman Avenue and Mogadishu Street. To shorten your wait time, bring a completed privilege card data form, which is available at the range’s website. For information on the range, including membership costs and firearm and lane rental fees, call 757-489-2585/2586 or go to www.mccscampallen.com/shooting_range.htm.
Ticket Sales Office
The ticket sales office is located behind customer service at the Camp Allen MCX at 1251 Yalu St. Get discount tickets for area attractions, including movie theaters, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Norfolk Admirals hockey games, Norfolk Tides baseball games and more. Discount tickets for out-of-state attractions like Disney World and Disneyland are available as well. Call 757-423-1187, ext. 206 or visit www.mccscampallen.com/Ticket_Office.htm for more information.
Save your hard-earned dollars by shopping for groceries at the commissary. While Camp Allen does not have its own commissary, Naval Station Norfolk’s commissary at 1588 Mall Drive is only a few miles away. In-store amenities and specialties include a bakery, custom photo cakes, a deli, fresh lobster, fresh sandwiches to go, party cakes, plants, rotisserie chicken and sushi. For more information, call 757-423-6070, ext. 3323 or go to www.commissaries.com.
Marine Corps Exchange
Camp Allen’s MCX, at 1251 Yalu St., wants to be your first choice for shopping. It offers a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Services include a barbershop, dry cleaners and alterations, a Redbox, a car wash and more. Call 757-423-1187 or visit www.mymcx.com for more information.