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GENERAL INFORMATION
Regardless of how you travel to the NDC, it is important that you know a few simple things. First, you entire camp experience depends on you GETTING TO THE CAMP SAFELY! If you are driving yourself or having others take you, please drive safely and take breaks during your trip to reduce the chance of fatigue!

Second, please ensure you book your travel into and out of camp on the correct days and at times that will allow you to enjoy your experience. Cadets should plan if at all possible to arrive at the NDC no later than 4pm local time. This will give you the chance to attend the opening night dinner, as well as the activities and discussions that occur that evening to get to know your fellow camper a bit before we hit the ground running the next day.

When departing, cadets can leave very late the final night night but we strongly advise against that! The final night is the last night to do things with the campers and every cadet has stated they loved their final night experiences. On their departure, understand that ground shuttle service times will dictate what flights may be available for your travel. Campers should try to leave in the mid-morning timeframe (before noon) to ensure that weather or any flight cancellations will allow re-booking on another flight that same day. Those departing by car need to be picked up before noon.

Traveling by car to either location poses several obvious advantages, the largest likely being a reduced cost to attend as well as the ability to easily transport your drill rifle to the camp if you choose to bring it. If traveling by air, please ensure you understand the airlines policy on additional baggage fees, as well as costs and restrictions on transporting your non-functional drill rifle. Make sure to call the airline to ask what their policies are regarding your weapon.

Travel Information on the Nationals Drill Camp
TEXAS

Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas is outside Houston (roughly 90 miles to the SOUTHEAST). It is easy to get to via car, airplane or bus with major highway travel from throughout the entire state of Texas and numerous airports.

Attendees may fly into Easterwood-College Station (CLL) airport (5 minutes from camp) for the easiest way to attend. However, this small airport can be expensive to use with limited daily flights so you should check Houston airports as well before making a final decision. If you choose to fly into Houston (IAH or HOU), keep in mind that you will need to pay an additional round-trip shuttle service fee for the 90 minute drive each way. To book this shuttle and for assistance with your airline tickets, you can contact our official travel center for the Western NDC, Noel's A&M Travel listed below. Cadets should note that the SNIYF will arrange FREE shuttle service to/from the campus for your flights at the nearby Easterwood Regional Airport (College Station) so factor this in when pricing tickets.

Click HERE to see the individual airlines that currently fly into COLLEGE STATION, the closest airport to the Western NDC. NOTE: EVERY MAJOR AIRLINE flies into one OR both of the two International Houston Airports!

If you wish to book travel yourself, I have found the best rates and service on-line on Orbitz and on the individual airline websites. Cadets should also check many of the discount airlines that do not list with Orbitz if going into Houston. Again, you should check the Easterwood Airport in College Station, Texas first as this is the most convenient. Then I would certainly check flights and fares into both Houston Airports (Houston Hobby [HOU] and George Bush International [IAH]). NOTE: Check with Noel's A&M Travel Services (listed below) regarding either airline costs and/or shuttle service from both Houston airports BEFORE booking non-refundable travel - the are fantastic!

Sports Network works with a local travel agency in College Station that has an impeccable reputation and can ensure all of your travel needs are handled without issue. They book most all of the shuttle services for attendees and can ensure your shuttle can get you to correct airline and airport! It is not required that you book any air travel or transportation through them, but we recommend contacting them if you need any of these services for problem-free attendance. The name of the company is Noel's A&M Travel at 979/846-8881, or anyone there can assist.

For bus travel, there is but one national sourcse for ground travel coast-to-coast and that is Greyhound. They serve areas across the nation including College Station/Bryan, Texas (home of the NDC). If you take the bus to the NDC, the SNIYF will arrange free shuttle service to/from the bus station in College Station to the camp as the bus station is just minutes from the campus - however, this does need to be arranged in advance.

Here are detailed travel document for those driving to the camp.


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