The event is great, but the campground is poor. Actually it is a meadow packed with thousands of campers. The portable toilet units are clean if the company instructed to clean it doesn’t forget it (which happened several times in our area). There are only two good things with this campground: most sites are level and you get free Wi-Fi. On the other hand it is dusty when it is dry and a big mud hole when it rains. It is loud from Highway 41 all night long. The rate of $21 does not include the EAA membership (min. $40 per year) that is required to go on this campground. You must be an aviation aficionado to go to this campground. We camped at Camp Scholler in a Motorhome.
This is a specialized campground open for EAA's Air Venture during July. If your looking for a resort with lots of amenities this is not it! It's dry camping with the friendliest bunch of aviation nuts that you will ever meet! This year we arrived three days before the start of Air Venture and the campground was about half full. By the opening day it was close to capacity. This year according to EAA officials was the first time ever, that the campground was full to capacity. They have installed several new restrooms and showers so that helped with the huge crowds. But, with 40,000 campers things can get hectic. The Port-a-poties near our rig were pumped twice a day and kept fresh and clean. Fresh water and pump-outs are available at your site for $20.00 for each service or you can drive to the dump station. When it's dry it does get dusty, but this year the rains kept the dust to a minimum and in our area mud was never a problem. Considering this is a once a year event and that the entire operation from the check-in to check-out is all staffed by volunteers, I think you find that Camp Scholler is a pretty amazing place. After all, it's really all about the airplanes! Also: the friendly bunch of aviation enthusiasts that will be parked next to you. We camped at Camp Scholler in a Motorhome.
This is a "boondocking" campground open once yearly for EAA's yearly convention and airshow, Airventure. Thousands camp there in 20x30 foot campsites with tents, campers, and even airplanes for the convenience of being near the airshow, forums, and displays. The hot and cold water showers are near-military style: numerous large buildings divided by shower curtains with kitchen sprayers as the showers. Sinks are troughs that 25-30 can use at the same time. Bathrooms are trucked in and well maintained/clean portable toilet units. Potable water supplies are centrally
located for campers as are several "camp stores". Portable hand cleaning stations and diaper changing stations are strategically placed. If you are an aviation buff, want safety for your family and children, don't mind the lack of any hookups, love crowds and getting to know others with similar interests, and want to look at new technologies at a minute's notice, Camp Scholler IS the place to stay! Otherwise, you might want to avoid it. We camped at Camp Scholler in a Travel Trailer.