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jb_moskow Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
Less than a month
Last There: November 17th, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Review: All-in-all, I thoroughly enjoyed this field. My friend (ilfordrule) introduced me to it, as he had previously played at their old location, and has been good in the past at finding some great paintball locations. So I think it was during this long weekend in November that we went up there, and it was a great experience:

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Saftey: You have to understand that even though I've been playing paintball as long as I have, I‘ve yet to actually purchase a paintball gun, so yes I'm the eternal renter, and yet, the staff at Camp X gave me the benefit of the doubt, and didn't waste my time going over every little safety rule, I think this was probably because my friend, who owns a pretty good setup, and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of paintball, so in a ways he kind of vouched for me, simply through his presence there.

The chronograph is located in a safe and isolated area, and even has a cool target to shoot at so even noobies know where to aim to get chronographed. The entire woodsball field is fenced off in a very high mesh, and the only entrance is laced with signs (kind of hilarious) warning about the serious DANGER AHEAD! The scenario field is not fenced off, but it is far enough away from the rest area, and main building that even if someone shot in that direction no one would get hit.

And anyways, the refs made sure everyone put their masks on even when they started walking in the direction of the field. I even remember one of them telling me to put my mask back on, when we were walking off, so safety first.

Field: I'll seperate this part of the review into 2 parts, one for the Scenario 'Trench' field, and the other for the woodsball field.
Scenario 'Trench' Field: This is a fairly large field which consists of two main structures, these structures are kind of like a small shack with no roof, and missing one wall facing away from the field. These two structures act as the starting points for two opposing teams, and offer good cover. Then the field is bisected length-wise by a wide path that is completely out in the open, useful for leaving the field, when shot; but also good for suicide flag runs ;) When entering the field the cover on your far left consists of bush, and tall grass, and is actually very useful for approaching the base for the opposite team, the far right is also very similar, but fewer bushes, and more tall grass. Next, the most defining parts of this field are the so-called "trenches". These trenches are variably deep; from 4-5 feet, to only a couple feet. If I have one negative comment, it's that when it has rained A LOT in the past few days (like when I happened to go there...) a couple trenches get filled with a few inches of water, so you have to look before you leap. Nonetheless, they provide good cover from the front & sides, and you can slowly advance up the field using them. Plenty of room for good strategy, especially by using the trenches in conjunction with the brush located on the far left & right of the field. In addition, there's an upright barrel near each base, but it's pretty useless as cover, better off to be used as a way station to catch one's breath on the way to the brush or a trench.

Woodsball field: Now this is where Camp X really shines. This is a massive woodsball field. Their website says its 10 acres and I don't doubt it. They have a really cool satellite map of the field attached to the side of the main building, check it out if you get there, and you can truly appreciate just how big it is. There isn’t a lack of cover, and what I think they did works very well.

They've definitely placed cover but it's not obvious. Very large bundles of wood, and a very clear staging area for both teams, means that you won't be tripping over gratuitous amounts of undergrowth. There aren't too many clearly marked paths (aside from the main one so you won't get lost out there...) so there's some great opportunity for flanking, and while no one got lost in the woods when I was there, I'd be careful, because there's definitely an opportunity to. Just take some advice, and don't go out too far on your own.

Prices: Good prices, all around.
Entrance:
Renters:
$30 gets you:
Tippmann 98 Custom Paintball Marker
Approved Mask
Hopper
100 Free Paintballs
Unlimited Air Refills

Owners:
$10 entrance

Accessories:
Neck-Guards: $10.00 Deposit (Refundable at End of Day)
Coveralls: $5.00

Paint:
$5.00 per 100 Rounds
$100.00 per Case (2000 Rounds)

Co2 (Carbon Dioxide) Refills
9oz - $4.00
12oz - $5.00
16oz - $6.00
20oz - $7.00

+ FREE compressed air refills

Services: Great rental guns, tippmann 98s of good quality, things such as a neck guards are nice to see up for rental (only a deposit needed...), some BBQ-cooked food for lunch, also some nice tarpaulin-covered tents in the rest area, and tables with paper-towel & cleaner, for cleaning the masks. The tents were great to have as it rained a bit when we were there, and we just hunkered under the tents.

Staff: Funny, friendly, and helpful. While the players were in the rest area, we all got a good laugh from the two employees at the main building going crazy over all these bees that kept showing up. And even without knowing me or my friend they were cordial, I forget what happened, but I kept asking something, and they were like "didn't we kick you out already?" but it was in a really joking manner, and it was completely hysterical. So lots of fun and extremely knowledgeable were the staff.

Refs: I went into this a little under 'Safety', but the refs were extremely competent, open for game suggestions, and created fairly balanced teams (or at least as balanced as possible). They explained the rules in detail to some of the new players. And just fun to talk to.

Players: This is where Camp X really does one better than most other fields. Even among the other guests that were there that day, everyone was friendly, and nice. After a match, even though it was our first time there, we were chatting it up, most of us around one tent, and talking about paintball in general. When people had a couple problems with their guns, everyone was jumping in to try and fix said problem. There were players there who were very good, and congratulated others when they shot them, and there was never any unneeded hostility towards getting shot on the field. Even before we left, me & my friend were the last one's there, and we must've been spent at least half-an-hour talking to a guy who was on the Camp X woodsball team, something which he didn’t have to do, and just wanted to talk paintball with a couple guys he just met. And all-in-all it was a great experience both on & off the field.

Facilities: Nice tents as I said earlier, can't really speak for the washrooms, as I didn't use them. The main desk was neat; my only grief was with the filled-up garbage cans right at the desk, which were kind of annoying with all the bees flying around them. Besides that, the entrance was clearly marked, however I really wish they could put out a sign on the main road there, but they explained to me why they couldn't (not their property) so at least I understand why now.

Food: While we were there, we unfortunately did not have any of the burgers or hot dogs that I hear so much about, but they had ample stores of ice-cold beverages, and chips & chocolate bars, all for a good price, so no complaining here.

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I think I can recommend Camp X to any paintball player who respects their fellow players, and likes to play a clean, friendly game, on a good field, where their skill is challenged. If you don't mind the drive from Toronto (about an hour) then check out Camp X on the weekend, it's worth it. They're open for winter, and my friend will be heading up there this coming weekend with a couple of his buddies. But unfortunately I cannot attend. If you get the chance, check this place out!
Last edited on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 1:00 am PST
 

Review Comments
sledgehammer Monday, February 23rd, 2009 | 9:07 am PST
very nice review, the field is actualy close to were i live , and ive never been there yet, iam glad you had a good time because i think its so important for newer players to love the sport as much as vetern players such as myself, a good field is critical to keeping players coming back, its all about good times. Somtimes i miss that because after playing for about 10 to 11 years its kinda lost its luster, but when i see new younger players playing, i cant help but get in there and give a hand. Come to rundle road if you have your own gear, its a outlaw paintball field ive been playin at for yearrs. We are on facebook, look for ken smuck or karl fritz for locations, we also have other locations we play at, your cost( your own paint and co2 or air) if you get stuck with enything we are more then willing to help, oh ya plus a gun, everyones welcome, we also play in the winter and cudos to fred tyson for a good job
   

jb_moskow Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 | 12:58 am PST
Thanks. Sadly since I'm in university this year, and the friend I mention in the original review has left to go to school in the maritimes, I haven't been up to Camp X in over a year so the review is a little out of date. Though I did see a recent photo album on Facebook which showed some new shelters they built, they looked great! It's nice to have a place that's open in the winter, and to have somewhere where you can keep warm. I also wonder if they were ever able to arrange for credit/debit card machines. Unlikely given the location, but that was always a great idea for improvement.

Oh, though I was there sometime after I wrote this review (probably for the annual Attack of the Penguins game) and I finally got to try some of those tasty burgers :) they WERE delicious.
   

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