Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsors recreation-based programs and facilities for residents and
employees at Naval Air Station Pax River. These services form a web of activities which include athletics, childcare, dining and entertainment. MWR provides information about upcoming events on its Web site, in the Tester, on signboards and in literature stands on station. Aboard station log on to http://cnic.navy.mil/patuxent for facility descriptions, hours of operation, upcoming events and more. The best way to learn about MWR events is to subscribe to the free, weekly electronic newsletter. Call 301-342-3219 to sign up.
Auto Skills Center
MWR's Auto Skills Center is a leisure-time facility ideal for the automotive enthusiast. The center features seven repair stalls with lifts, two car repair stalls, auto and utility trailer storage, tool rentals and welding equipment. All active-duty and retired military, reserves, their family members, and Department of Defense employees are eligible to use this facility.
MWR's Beach House is located on the shores of the Patuxent River. The facility may be rented year-round for picnics, receptions and command functions. The Beach House boasts a complete kitchen and spacious serving area.
A large covered pavilion, beach overlook deck, picnic tables, grills, a softball field and volleyball court are located on the Beach House grounds. All active-duty and retired military, reserves, their family members, and DoD employees are eligible to rent this facility. Reservations may be made through the ITT Office.
Pax River features 39 campsites with a comfort station nestled amid the beauty of land and sea. From primitive sites to those with water and electrical hookups, there is no better way to get closer to the natural beauty of the region. Campsites may be reserved at MWR's Information, Tickets and Tours office. Camping gear may be rented at Gear Issue located inside the Drill Hall. All active-duty and retired military, reservists, their family members, and DoD employees are eligible to rent campsites at the station.
Commercial sponsorship provides the opportunity for businesses and corporations to generate publicity by sponsoring one of MWR's special events. This assistance generally takes the form of a financial contribution or merchandise. Any consumer product company may become an MWR sponsor. The partnership between MWR and sponsors from the community helps MWR continue to provide station residents and employees with a wide variety of fun, recreation-based activities.
Cedar Point Beach
Cedar Point Beach cozies up to the Chesapeake Bay with a stretch of sand ideal for sun bathing, swimming, picnicking and just enjoying the view. The beach is lifeguard staffed during the summer months and populated by swimmers until sea nettles arrive and force closure. Restroom facilities, showers, sand volleyball court and a number of covered picnic pavilions and playground are located at the beach. The large pavilion requires a reservation.
Active-duty and retired military, reserves, DoD employees, family members and contractors are eligible to use the beach.
Cedar Point Golf Course
The Cedar Point Golf Course is laid out along the Chesapeake Bay and it's estuaries for a truly scenic golfing experience. The 18 hole U.S.G.A sanctioned “links” style golf course features fast, undulating greens with water hazards coming into play on several holes. The facility is staffed with PGA professionals and offers a full season of casual and tournament play. Private and group instruction is available for golfers of all ages and skill levels. Practice facilities include a grass driving range, pitching, chipping and putting greens. Other amenities include a clubhouse lounge, bar, snack bar and a fully stocked Golf Shop as well as rental equipment. Active duty and retired military, reservists, DoD employees, family members, guests and contractors are eligible to use this MWR facility.
Center Stage Theater
The Center Stage Theater brings the magic of cinema to life at Pax River. The theater boasts ample seating and state-of-the-art conference facilities. The theater is also ideal for children's birthday parties. Free children's birthday movie programs are available. The Center Stage Theater is open to active-duty and retired military, reserves, DoD employees, contractors and family members. Call 301-342-5033 for movie schedule and play times.
Customized Creations is a personalized gift shop that sells plaques, T-shirts, team uniforms, mugs, key chains, and other items Customized Creations is now located in Bldg. # 2205 on Tate Rd. across from VX-1 and can laser engrave, vinyl cut, make wood plaques, awards, mugs, signs and screen printed T-shirts and sweatshirts. Active-duty and retired military, reserves, DoD employees and family
members are eligible to use Customized Creations.
MWR's personnel office is located in Building 467, adjacent to the Patuxent Landing Restaurant All MWR and FFRP jobs are now posted on the web. This site is accessible to all. http://www.cnic.navy.mil/ndw/jobs/OpenPositions/index.htm. All applications and forms can be downloaded from web site and MUST be mailed to the following address: Fleet and Family Readiness Programs, ATTN: Human Resource Office 47402 Buse Rd, Bldg 467, Suite A Patuxent River, MD 20670
The Energy Zone, located behind the Drill Hall, features three studios, mirrors and changing rooms. The center offers a variety of group exercise classes. The center also features dance, yoga, tai-chi and other specialty classes taught by professional instructors. Group exercise passes and registration for specialty classes are conducted in Fitness and Sports Office located in room 10 at the Drill Hall. All active-duty, reservist, and retired military, DoD employees, family members, and contractors are eligible to use this facility.
The Drill Hall is the center of indoor recreation and athletics at the station. Located behind McDonald's on Cedar Point Road, the Drill Hall features four fitness rooms, sporting activities and a wide range of information about recreational opportunities. The Drill Hall is open to all active-duty, reservist and retired military, DoD civilians and their family members. Contractors may purchase a Fitness and Sports membership to use the facility.
The following facilities are located in the Drill Hall:
The Bowling Center is a remodeled, modern entertainment complex featuring 12 lanes, Café 300 (a fully stocked snack bar), Strike Zone (bowling pro shop), 13th Alley (party area), league play, tournaments and other special promotions. Cosmic Bowling is a popular feature at the center.
Fitness and Cardiovascular Centers
MWR's fitness centers feature a variety of cardiovascular machines, two complete strength circuits, and certified fitness specialists.
The Free Weight room features plates, bars and
specialized equipment for weightlifters at the station. The free weight room is located Drill Hall, downstairs.
The Drill Hall's lifeguard-staffed ,six lane, 25 yard indoor pool is available for fitness and recreational swimming all year long. Swimming lessons and aqua-aerobics classes also are offered.
At Gear Issue, eligible patrons can take advantage of a towel service, and equipment for check-out, to include basketballs, volleyballs, racquets, etc. Station residents and employees may also rent indoor and outdoor recreation equipment. This includes camping gear, picnic and party supplies, basketballs and racquets. Sports drinks are also available for purchase.
Racquetball, Basketball and Volleyball Courts The facility houses three regulation-sized racquetball courts, three basketball courts, one full-sized NCAA regulation basketball court and one full-sized regulation volleyball court.
Fitness and Sports Office
The Fitness and Sports Office offers information on Civilian Recreation Association memberships, the Energy Zone, the intramural sports program and upcoming athletic events. Intramural sports are open to all active-duty, reservist and retired military, DoD civilians and their family members. Contractors may purchase a Fitness and Sports membership to participate in NAS Pax River's Intramural Sports.
MWR manages garden plots for residents and employees who enjoy fresh summer produce. Registration for these plots is held in March of every year. Register through the Information, Tickets and Tours Office. The plots feature water outlets for irrigation during dry spells.
Rototillers may be rented at the Auto Skills Center (301-342-3507).
Chiefs can enjoy their own club area located in Building 464.
Information,Tickets and Tours
The Information, Tickets and Tours office, in front of the drill hall on Cedar Point Road, discounts tickets to theme parks, amusement centers, museums and attractions throughout the country. ITT is the station's first stop when planning vacations, cruises and getaway weekends. The ITT office also sells tickets to sporting events, concerts and theatrical productions. The ITT office also offers information Beach House rental, Theater rental, table and chair rental, camping reservations, garden plot reservations and upcoming events.
The Liberty Program sponsors free and reduced-price recreational programs and trips for E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty service members. The purpose of the Liberty program is to provide station military members with improved quality of life by offering a variety of recreation-based activities, both on and off station. Typical Liberty programs include trips to sporting events, skiing and snowboarding, amusement parks, paintball fields, camping, kayaking, white water rafting, barracks BBQ's, poker tournaments, free pizza nights, free bowling nights and much more!
The all-new Patuxent River Liberty Center offers E1 - E6 single or unaccompanied active duty service members a place to relax and have fun in an alcohol free environment. The center boasts 2 brand new Olhausen Pool Tables, 2 52" LCD TV's for movies or television viewing, 4 suspended 42" LCD TV's for additional television viewing, 2 Nintendo Wii stations, 4 PS3's and 6 Xbox 360's. There are also 11 computer stations hooked up to high speed internet and all wired to a laser printer. The facility also sports a “Theater Room” equipped with a Dolby 5.1 Surround System. There is even a separate multipurpose room which can be used for catering, or poker tournaments. The entire Liberty Center is also equipped with free wireless internet for those with laptops and is conveniently open 365 days a year.
The West Basin Marina rents sailboats. The marina also features gas sales, sailing information, dry storage, launching ramp and more than 100 slips with water and electrical hook-ups. Sailing lessons are available at the marina through the sailing club. Active-duty and retired military, reserves, DoD employees and family members are eligible to use the marina. Navy Pax Sail's web address is www.navypaxsail.com for more information on obtaining your sailing certifications.
River's Edge Catering and Conference Center
The River's Edge Catering and Conference Center is the premier facility on the Pax River. River's Edge has space available to host functions from 40 to 500 guests. Meetings and conferences will have access to NMCI and VTC capabilities as well as wireless
microphones, lavalieres and wired podiums. The River's Edge is also the perfect venue for elegant weddings, change of command and retirement ceremonies and other important gatherings. Our tasteful decor, waterfront setting and friendly, courteous team members will ensure that your event is one to remember.
Active-duty and retired military, reserve officers and
family members, civilian retirees, Pax River DOD
civilians and contractors and members of the local Navy League are eligible to use the club and become members.
Bald Eagle Pub
The Bald Eagle Pub is a wonderful waterside pub with a patio overlooking the Patuxent River. Drink specials and Chef's Selection of happy hour appetizers are offered.
The station boasts a large number of picnic and party sites ideal for enjoying the great outdoors with friends, family and co-workers. Many sites overlook the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River and feature grills and picnic tables.
Playgrounds are available throughout the station
Private Organizations and
Special Interest Groups
MWR provides points of contact for a number of private clubs at the station. These clubs include golf associations, skeet club, sailing club, triathlon club, rod and gun club, and many more organizations.
Rassieur Youth Center
The Rassieur Youth Center, named after Pax River's first commanding officer, schedules special events, trips and parties for station youth. The center is a popular place for youth who may also enjoy the outdoor pool, which is located next door. The center also sponsors the School Age Care program, which provides care for children before and after the school day. Youth are encouraged to stop by the center to use the reading and computer center, try their hand at arts and crafts and enjoy the game tables available at the center. The Youth Center is also a Boys and Girls Clubs of America affiliate.
Mattapany Day Camp
Mattapany Day Camp is one of the most highly anticipated summer programs on station. The popular day camp offers children ages five, who have completed kindergarten, through 12 years structured care in an outdoor setting. Campers enjoy arts and crafts, nature walks, swimming activities, day trips and other special events.
Registration is held in March. Due to the popularity of camp, children enrolled in the School Age Care program during the school year have priority to camp registration during the first week of registration. Any unfilled spots are then available to active-duty military, DoD employees and contractors. Registration details are published in the Tester in February of each year and also information is located in the MWR e-news during the same period.
MWR rents a variety of equipment to station residents and employees. Equipment includes a moon bounce, dunking booth, giant BBQ grill, campers, rototillers, car dollies, tables and chairs.
The station boasts a 50-meter, eight-lane Olympic-size outdoor pool and an indoor pool in the Drill Hall. The outdoor pool is located next to the Rassieur Youth Center and is open for fitness and recreation swimming during the summer months. The indoor pool is open year round for fitness and recreational swimming. MWR sponsors swimming lessons, aqua-aerobics and fitness programs such as triathlons as part of its aquatics program. The outdoor pool may be rented for parties and other functions. Active-duty and retired military, reserves, their family members and DoD employees are eligible to use MWR pools.
Navy Recreation Center Solomons
The Navy Recreation Center (NRC) at Solomons provides patrons with much more than accommodations. NRC offers a full range of leisure and fun activities for the entire family. In season, patrons may find plenty to do everyday including the Adventure Zone Recreation Center which features a TV lounge, arcade and gear issue. The center also hosts a variety of special events which include contests, tournaments, outdoor movie nights, outdoor concerts, and many other youth related activities. Workshops include arts and crafts, painting and other creative ideas. Volleyball courts and horseshoe pits are located throughout the facility. NRC also offers patrons a miniature golf course and driving range.
The Riverside Aquatics Complex maintains four swimming pools to suit any member of the family from toddlers to retirees, two water powered slides, and swimming lessons which are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmers.
The Point Patience Marina rents annual and transient slips that provide electric and water hookups, and also offer a boat ramp for launching personal watercraft. The 614 ft. long, 25 ft. wide.
Sunset Pier is 614 ft. long, 25 ft. wide and is suitable for fishing and crabbing, Riverside Beach offers 400 feet of shoreline, sandy beaches and a designated swimming area plus beach boat rentals. Picnic sites, outdoor pavilions, and ball fields are also available.
Temporary accommodations are available at the Navy Recreation Center. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 410-286-7415/6.
Lodging facilities include 15 apartments, 14 cottages, 21 bungalows, 10 log cabins and four cozy cabins. There are three-hundred-and-six campsites with 146 sites being full hookups; 158 sites with electricity and water; 55 primitive sites; and 15 group sites. There is a 10-day maximum in-season stay, monthly off-season; camping cabins and yurts are available monthly and year-round. Navy Recreation Center Solomons is a year round
Starbase-Atlantis is a U.S. Navy supported and Department of Defense funded outreach program offering students the opportunity to participate in a variety of “hands-on, minds-on” learning experiences designed to increase their interest in and knowledge of science, technology engineering and math. Students in fifth grade are eligible to participate in the program offered in partnerships through the Calvert and St. Mary's Counties school systems. The summer program is open to students going into the sixth grade who have not previously attended Starbase-Atlantis.