Assateague State Park

Youth Group Camping

The state park has three areas set aside for youth group camping. These areas are open from the last full weekend in April to the last Sunday in October.

Youth groups that hold a valid Maryland Youth Group Pass may make reservations 365 days in advance by calling 1-888-432-CAMP (2267), Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A reservation charge must be paid when the reservation is made; there are no additional charges due upon arrival at the park.

Youth group sites may be available to non-passholding youth groups based on availability. Youth groups that do not hold a Maryland Youth Group Pass should contact Assateague State Park campground office for reservations by calling 410-641-2918 or during the off-season by calling 410-641-2120. These reservations may be made up to 6 months in advance. A reservation charge must be paid when the reservation is made. In addition, a youth group camping service charge of $2.00 per person per night must be paid on arrival at the park.

For more information regarding a Youth Group Pass, call 1-410-260-8186 or download an application on-line.

Youth Group Procedures

Youth groups are asked to adhere to the following guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience and to protect park resources, wildlife and other visitors.

Print your Assateague State Park Youth Group Procedures here

Youth group site #1 will accommodate a maximum of 60 people; youth group site #2 will accommodate a maximum of 50 people; and youth group site #3 will accommodate a maximum of 40 people. The number of adults on the site may not exceed one adult per five youth. Fires must be kept within fire rings. Please keep all people and tents off the dunes. An outside rinse platform is located adjacent to the camping area. Restrooms and showers are available in the day-use bathhouse, a short walk away. Wheeled units/vehicles are not permitted on the site or in the sand. Wheeled units are required to obtain their own site. Groups are allowed a maximum of parking spaces for seven vehicles at the youth group area; any additional vehicles must be parked in the overflow lot.

The youth area beach is not guarded; swim at your own risk. Always use caution when in or around the ocean and be aware of hazards and dangerous conditions including rip currents. Always watch children closely. 

You may, however, walk about 100 yards south to the public day-use swimming area. That area is guarded from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Check-in must be done during office hours. When checking in, the group leader must provide a roster of all adults and youth and the license plate information for all vehicles. Quiet hours begin at 10:00 p.m. Check-out is by 11:00 a.m. on your day of departure.

Should you require any additional information prior to your arrival, please contact the campground office at 410-641-2918. This number is not available while the campground is closed. During that time, feel free to contact the park’s headquarters office at 410-641-2120.​

​Environmental Education Programs for Youth Groups and Campers​

Click here for a list of the Environmental Education​ Programs offered for Youth Groups and the Campground Critter Encounter Program.