This park is a mix of campground (campers come and go) and RV Park (RV owners own their own lot.
On the plus side: Beautiful grounds, nice pool and pier areas with great decks, very quiet, pet friendly, only about 15-20 minutes from Ocean City and Assateague Island, well stocked camping store, 2x a day garbage pick-up, and apparently a good fishing lake.
On the minus side: Only a single bathroom in the camping area (you can walk 10 minutes or drive to a larger bathroom at the entrance), only three shaded campsites, unable to change reservation to shaded area after arriving even though site stayed open during our stay (un-flexible booking), cost (at $65 a night this campground equaled the total cost of one night at our previous three campsites).
We ruled out Assateague National Park because it lacks electrical hook ups. We thought about the Maryland Assateague State Park which has some sites that allow pets. As it turns out, both government parks did not have availability (no surprise).
We were so happy to have a high season, mid-week stay. We returned a little earlier on Friday due to incoming inclemental weather, and already by morning, the Bay Bridge and traffic through Cambridge, MD was thick.
As we often did in Kansas, we used to the campsite as a base camp to visit the area, and spent a morning in Ocean City primarily to get donuts at Layton's, a favorite from Ginny's high school days, and most of the rest of our time at Assateague Island enjoying the gorgeous beaches and horses. We found delicious homemade ice cream in the historic town of Berlin.
On the second day of our visit a large Class A RV pulled in with relatively young healthy grandparents and four grandchildren. They hardly spent anytime outside, and it looked like they went out for many of their meals. My point is not to be judgmental and I think there is a tremendous freedom and spirtuality benefit for those who embark on an adventure to see and stay in new places, be it in a tent, a camper, or a $300K Class A RV. However, to some degree, perhaps we get out of an experience what we put into it.
Preparing to embark on a trip, which includes ensuring food, cooler with ice, linen, towels, bug spray, etc. are ready to go, and the ensuing clean up after returning perhaps adds 2-4 hours of work. There is also an opportunity cost, as most of the work around the house gets put on hold. On this trip, reaching the tipping point almost did not happen, but after it was reached, we were so happy for going on this trip.
The Scamp provides a dry, comfortable, climate control environment for sleeping and to a more limited degree, hanging out. There is an intangible, emotional "fun & happy" factor too. Just thinking of camping unleashes latent nostalgic joy. Eating at the campsite saves money, reduces time wasted looking for sometimes disappointing food, and enhances the camping experience. Of course with Ginny, we always eat very well :)
I would be dishonest to say we did not have a little RV envy, but at this stage of our life, we would not give up the Scamp for a super sized RV or trailer. To the chagrin of our neighbors, I am sure, we are storing the little Scamp in our driveway instead of the storage lot about an hour away. Apparently RV in the driveway = decreased home values. Regardless, we hope this arrangement facilitates more camping in the near future.