The 3905 Century Club 2023 Eyeball

Hosted by Katie Gilliam K4TER

Location:Triangle, VA at Prince William Forest Park
Dates:September 7 - 10
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Triangle is in Prince William County, Virginia. It is bounded to the south by the Marine Corps Base Quantico, which surrounds the town of Quantico. It is bounded to the north and west by the town of Dumfries. It is bounded to the west by Prince William Forest Park and to the east by the Potomac River.

Prince William Forest Park is an oasis, a respite of quiet and calm. In 1936, Chopawamsic Recreation Area opened its gates to house children's 'relief' camps during the Great Depression. Renamed Prince William Forest Park in 1948, these fragrant woods and trickling streams have welcomed generations of campers, hikers, bikers and nature lovers.

The hilly, forested lands in the large northern part of Prince William Forest Park near Quantico, Virginia, became the site of training camps for the OSS Special Operations and the Communications Branches in 1942. In a 5,000 acre section of the park, Donovan’s organization set up Training Area A for advanced paramilitary work in sabotage and guerrilla activity and other aspects of unconventional warfare behind enemy lines. Additional acreage in the northern part of the park was subsequently designated Training Area C and was assigned as the radio operators school. Within Areas A and C, the OSS converted the five National Park Service summer cabin camps and one of the Civilian Conservation Corps work camps into sub-camps capable of training several hundred men. The U.S. Marine Corps base at Quantico was located adjacent to the park, and the Marines used the acreage in the southern part of the park, where there were no summer cabin camps, for their own type of field training. The wartime military facilities in the 14,000 acre park played an important part in OSS and Marine Corps training. They also led to important changes at the park.

Directions to Prince William Forest Park

From Points North Use Interstate 95 South. Take exit 150. Turn right on Park Entrance Road. After stopping at the entrance station, continue on Park Entrance Road. Turn left on Scenic Drive. In one mile, turn right into Cabin Camp 3.

From Points South Use Interstate 95 North. Take Virginia exit 150. At the stop sign at the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left. Continue on Joplin Road for three-quarters of a mile. Turn right on Park Entrance Road. After stopping at the entrance station, continue on Park Entrance Road. Turn left on Scenic Drive. In one mile, turn right into Cabin Camp 3.

From Points West Travel east on State Highway 234 Dumfries Road until it reaches Interstate 95. Take Interstate 95 South. Take the next exit, exit 150, on to Joplin Road Highway 619. Turn right on Park Entrance Road. After stopping at the entrance station, continue on Park Entrance Road. Turn left on Scenic Drive. In one mile, turn right into Cabin Camp 3.

Prince William Forest Park, Triangle VA

Cabin Camp 3

Cabin Camp 3 C Unit has six cabins that sleep 10 in each. Additional sleeping areas include the infirmary, craft lodge and building 70, for an additional 18 sleeping spots.

In each cabin there are lights, electrical outlets, bunks and mattresses. Sleeping cabins do not have heat or air conditioning. Campers should bring all gear including bedding, pillows, and towels.

Front Gate to Cabin Camp 3

Dining Hall:

The dining hall seats up to 80 people and contains a commercial kitchen. The park does not provide food to campers. The dining hall provides wooden tables and benches.


There is one central restroom in the C Unit. There are also restrooms located in the dining hall, craft lodge and infirmary. Campers should bring hand soap, detergents, and other necessary toiletries. Toilet paper is provided.


Students in the Culinary Arts class at Mountain View High School, under the direction of Chef Justin Cunningham, will be providing dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Breakfast: Bagels, donuts, pastries

Lunch: Sandwiches and sides

Dinner: Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Beef/Vegetarian Lasagna

Snacks: Popcorn, fruit, cookies

Water and coffee will be provided.

Park Admission

Vehicle entrance fee $20 - valid 7 consecutive days.

Free Admission for current Military and Veterans

The National Park Service in partnership with Operation Live Well would like to thank military personnel and their families for their service and invite them to enjoy their national parks.

The free Military Pass is a way to thank current US military members and their dependents, Gold Star Families, and US military veterans for their support of our country and to encourage them to explore recreational opportunities on their public lands and waters.

A free lifetime Military Pass is available for Gold Star Families and US military veterans. A free annual Military Pass is available for current US military members and their dependents. The passes provide free access to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks, wildlife refuges, and forests.

Please visit the following for additional information:  veterans-and-gold-star-families-free-access

Specialty Awards / State Lines, Capitals, National Park

Name / StateLocationMiles from Park
Low Point / VAAtlantic Ocean shoreline158
Low Point / WVPotomac River @ VA state border, Bolivar WV81
Low Point / MDAtlantic Ocean shoreline175
High Point / VAMount Rogers334
High Point / WVSpruce Knob182
High Point / MDBackbone Mountain173
Oldest Town / VAPetersburg, est 1611101
Oldest Town / WVShepherdstown or Romney, est 176289
Oldest Town / MDSt. Mary’s City, est 163490
Maryland/DC line56
West Virginia line81
North Carolina line166
Capital / VARichmond77
Capital / WVCharleston331
Capital / MDAnnapolis68
Shenandoah National ForestLuray, VA80

Parks on the Air

Nearby Parks on the Air locations

Accommodations/activity site for significant others

One of the Craft Cabins will be used for puzzles, board games, and crafts, etc.

Nearby Lodging

HotelDistance from ParkPrice per NightAddress
Econo Lodge2.64 mi$6917005 Dumfries Rd, Dumfries VA
Comfort Inn2.77 mi$8316931 Old Stage Rd, Dumfries VA
Motel 62.98 mi$6517133 Dumfries Rd, Dumfries VA
Ramada by Wyndham3.4 mi$754316 Inn St, Triangle VA
Super 83.55 mi$6417416 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Dumfries VA
Comfort Suites5.32 mi$8414525 Gideon Dr, Woodbridge VA
Red Roof Inn8.47 mi$69153 Garrisonville Rd, Stafford VA

Local Attractions

The National Museum of the Marine Corps, 2.0 miles from the Park

Potomac Mills Shopping Center, 13.1 miles from the Park

Government Island, 14.1 miles from the Park

This historic park is the quarry site that provided Aquia sandstone for the construction of the White House and the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The 1-mile hiking/walking trail, creeks, wetlands, and marsh area provide a variety of habitats for native and migratory birds and other wildlife. The elevated boardwalk through the wetlands and woods to the island offers a continuous, accessible viewing area. Fishing is not permitted from the island.

Mount Vernon, 25.6 miles from the Park

Downtown Fredericksburg, 28.0 miles from the Park

Other Attractions

Harpers Ferry, WV - 80 miles from the Park

Jamestown, VA - 129 miles from the Park

Schedule of Events

Breakfast 7:00 am

Lunch 12:30 pm

Dinner 6:00 pm

Thursday3:00 pm Check-In
Antenna Setup
Presentation - OSS
Prince William Forest Park
Friday9:00 am QRP Nets 20/40/80
Peoples Choice
40m/80m SSB nets
Other nets as required
Evening Bingo
Dean KL7OR, Kirk AA1NA
9:00 amAnnual ShootoutBen AE4NT, Dwight WF4H
2:30 pmGroup PictureRich AC2MT
3:00 pmBoard MeetingDean KL7OR
Award PresentationsDean KL7OR
RaffleGene W8NET
6:00 pmBanquet
40m/80m Late Nets
Other nets as required
Evening Bingo
Sunday9:00 amCheck-out

Raffle/Door Prizes

Please bring an item representing your state for the Raffle. Two (2) raffle tickets are included with Registration. Raffle tickets will be available at the Camp Site, $5 per ticket or 21 tickets for $100.

Park Rules

  • Campers are not permitted to bring firewood in from outside the park, unless it is USDA certified “bug free” wood, which may be purchased prior to your arrival at the park. Firewood will be provided for your camp for one fire per day. Campers are permitted to pick-up downed wood 6” in diameter or less within the footprint of the camp to use for fires.
  • Prohibited: Pets and live animals, fireworks; releasing helium balloons; camping trailers and tents, smoking inside all buildings, lanterns attached to trees; and any graffiti.
  • Vehicles are not permitted in cabin unit areas. Vehicles may be used for loading and unloading adjacent to the dining hall and then must be removed to the parking lot before moving equipment into the facility.
  • Only one non-handicapped vehicle may be parked next to the dining facility. All other vehicles must park in the camp’s designated parking lots.