Volunteer Camping Information

Camper Registration entrance has moved to Hamilton Rd. located west of Lakeland Linder International Airport between Drane Field Rd. and Medulla Rd. GPS address is 4238 Hamilton Road .
OPENS TUESDAY, APRIL 2

Volunteer Camping Criteria

Camping privileges are provided for established chairmen, co-chairmen, and volunteers who work a minimum of 4 days or at least an equivalent of 24 hours during the convention. Camping privileges are provided to volunteers who have met the above criteria based on previous volunteer work history.  First-time volunteers pay their initial camping fees in their “rookie” year.

DO NOT REQUEST CAMPING FOR A VOLUNTEER UNLESS THEY HAVE CONFIRMED THEY ARE VOLUNTEERING FOR THE CURRENT YEAR!

There are two Campground Passes for Volunteers, East and West. The East Volunteer Camping Permit will allow camping in the East Campground south of 8/26 (Paradise City), aircraft camping, Light Plane Electric and ERT Compound. The West Volunteer Campground permit allows for camping in the West Campground, Raiders, 24-Hour Generator and Airside RV Camping (West). One of these permits is required to be on the volunteer’s camper while onsite.

Please advise your chairman of your requested campground area, so the proper campground credential may be issued.

Chairmen are required to provide SUN ‘n FUN a record of service for each volunteer working in their area. Volunteer cards may be used to collect hours for the volunteers in your area, but hours must be entered into the Volunteer Credential and Equipment website after the current event for volunteers to qualify for future camping and years-of-service pins.  Only volunteers reflecting hours in the system will be on next year’s roster and be considered for camping unless they have qualified during a previous year.  Volunteers working 8 or more hours can be presented with an annual volunteer service patch.

Available Campgrounds

West Campground

The information below includes information for the West Campground, Overflow Campground and the Airside RV Campground.

  • Dry Camping only – No hook-up permitted
  • Volunteers are NOT permitted to camp along the north airside fence line (unless you choose to pay for camping).
  • 24-Hour Generator camping will be located in the southern half of the overflow camping area.
  • The electric camp spaces along Rocky Rd. are reserved spaces for Expo guests – Reservation only!
  • Handicap Camping spaces will be marked (Special permit required)
  • Ropes will be removed from volunteer camp spaces that are not occupied by Wednesday, April 10.
  • Approved volunteer camping permits will be available for pick up at Camper Registration on Drane Field Rd. starting Tuesday, April 2.

East Campground

(formerly Light Plane Camping – New Location)

  • The East Campground is located south of Light Plane Runway 8/26.  Access to this campground will be available on Saturday, April 6.  Light Plane and Volunteer Kitchen setup volunteers may arrive beginning on Friday, April 5 (approval for access must be received from the airport).
  • Camping on the Light Plane Field is no longer available.
  • Once you have acquired your permit you will need to proceed to Lakeland Airside Center (off Pipkin Rd.) and follow signs for East Campground using the east convention access route (check back for detailed location and directions)
    and follow signs to East Campground. (DO NOT PROCEED WEST)
  • Volunteer Camping Permits are allowed and required.
  • Dry Camping & 24 Hour Generator camping only – No hook-ups available.
  • Volunteers are not permitted to camp along the airside fence line (unless you choose to pay for camping).
  • Electric spaces formerly located on Juliet are now along the west side of Rocky Rd. The 24-hour generator area is now located in the southern half of the leased property (Ms. Betty’s) on the west side of the main campground.
  • Approved volunteer camping permits will be available for pick up at Camper Registration on Drane Field Rd. starting Tuesday, April 2, and the Lindbergh Lot Ticket & Camping Registration Building starting on Monday, April 8.

Volunteer Camping Procedures

  • A Chairman must submit all Volunteer Camping requests through the Credential & Equipment Request website. Camping may only be requested for those volunteers who have confirmed their need for camping for the current year. Do not request camping unless the volunteer has confirmed their need.
  • Please make one camper permit request per unit/volunteer couple (i.e. do not list camping for husband and wife).
  • Volunteer Camping is provided in the Convention Campground or in an area designated by the Chairman and approved by the Convention Chairman. Campground areas are primitive with facilities nearby.
  • Volunteer campers will be allowed to camp anywhere in the convention campground except for designated locations (Volunteer camping is prohibited along the north fence line in the convention campground, the first two rows near the taxiway ”Papa” are reserved for paying guests.
  • The electric camp spaces along Rocky Rd. are reserved spaces for Expo guests – Reservation only!
  • Volunteer campers who wish to camp along the north fence line or in the electric area will need to secure a paid space, if available.
  • Volunteers who require a permit to AUTO PARK ONLY in the Campground should request an ORANGE & WHITE West Campground Parking pass. DO NOT REQUEST A CAMPING PERMIT FOR VOLUNTEERS WHO ONLY NEED AUTO PARKING IN THE CAMPGROUND.  PLEASE INSTRUCT YOUR VOLUNTEER TO PARK WHERE CAMPING SPACES WILL NOT BE IMPACTED.
  • Camp space in Camp Duffy must be requested by nomination through the Credential & Equipment Request by a Chairman. Space approval will be based on qualification, availability and need. Current Camp Duffy resident volunteers are required to confirm their full-week volunteer schedule and arrival date if they intend to camp in Camp Duffy. Once these confirmations have been received, spaces are filled based on eligibility and availability

ALL VOLUNTEER CAMPGROUND CREDENTIALS ARE TO BE PICKED UP AT CAMPER REGISTRATION OFF HAMILTON RD STARTING TUESDAY, APRIL 2 OR AT THE EAST TICKET BOOTH LOCATION STARTING MONDAY, APRIL 8 UNLESS YOU HAVE FILLED OUT THE FORM BELOW AND FOLLOWED THE EARLY PICK-UP INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE.

Volunteer Early Camping Permit Request

Volunteers who request an early campground permit must confirm with their chairman that a credential and camping have been requested for them or a permit will not be issued. The Volunteer must pick up their permit in person as a signature is required for the camper permit’s liability statement. 

THIS FORM IS NOT REQUIRED UNLESS YOU ARE PLANNING TO PLACE YOUR CAMPER OR MARK OFF SPACE STARTING MARCH 16, 2024, THROUGH APRIL 1, 2024. Beginning Tuesday, April 2nd, volunteer camping passes will be available at Camper Registration on Hamilton. Be sure to tell us if you are aircraft camping or camping in the East Campground on Airside as your credential pickup location may change.

Starting on Saturday, March 16 (after the volunteer meeting) you will be able to pick up pre-requested approved volunteer camping permits (see form below).  Starting on Monday, March 18. campground permits can be picked up in Laura’s office any weekday during business hours. PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST AN EARLY PERMIT UNLESS YOU INTEND TO BRING YOUR RIG EARLY OR ROPE OFF A CAMP SPACE between March 16th – April 1. (See Early Camping Permit Form below. All volunteer camping permits will be issued from Camper Registration starting Tuesday, April 2 and the East Registration booth beginning Monday, April 8.

All Camping units or roped-off spaces must be within the 20 x 40 space requirement and must display a copy of your camping permit. Any rig or marked-off space not properly displaying camping credentials will be removed. EARLY CAMPING REQUESTS WILL NOT BE ISSUED FOR EAST CAMPGROUND PERMITS AS THE AIRFIELD WILL NOT BE ACCESSIBLE UNTIL FRIDAY, APRIL 5.

Early Volunteer Camping Permit Request

Name(Required)
You may NOT setup in any camping area with electric and/or water hook-ups without prior approval from the Chairman of that area. This includes but not limited to Camp Duffy, Earlybirds, Rows-Juliet/Hotel, Vintage HQ, Light Plane, Corn Roast, and Raiders Campground.

Executive Event Director

Laura Vaughn

Volunteer Director

Angela Mann

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