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Youth Camping on US Navy Ships

All Scouts on Deck!

Take your scouts to visit some of America’s retired battleships! If you’re looking for an awesome trip to take your scouts that’s also educational, check out these battleships! It is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to experience U.S. history while teaching scouts about many valuable lessons. Go back in our history and see what it was like for sailors on board these amazing ships!

Here are our top picks across the country for overnight adventures!

USS Yorktown

Patriots Point truly has it all! From aviation simulators and the marine science wet lab, to their virtual reality space program and learning about the history of this aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown is a trip you won’t forget! Sleep where the sailors slept in bunks… just bring your pillow and sleeping bag!

The best deal is definitely the two nights on board the USS Yorktown. For $96 per person you can sleep on board for two nights, get entrance in to one educational program, as well as two breakfasts, lunches, and dinners!

There are some requirements to know about before planning your big adventure:

  • You must have a total minimum number of ten people (youth and leaders) in each group
  • All campers must be at least six years old
  • One adult must camp with each child between the ages of six and ten
  • Two adults must camp with every ten campers between the ages of eleven and seventeen

You can even do a couple of different excursions while you’re in Charleston:

The Tour of Fort Sumter is a two and a half hour experience where you take a ride across Charleston Harbor to the Fort Sumter National Monument and explore the grounds where the Civil War began. This excursion is only on Saturdays, so you need to be staying aboard the ship on Friday night; it is not available to weekday campers. This time of year, it departs at 8:00 A.M. and then will change to 10:00 A.M. starting in December.

The Charleston Harbor Tour is a one and a half hour journey across the harbor while learning about Charleston’s history through a live narrative. This departs everyday at 11:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.

For more information on both of these excursions please contact SpiritLine Cruises at (843) 722-2628.

USS Hornet

The USS Hornet offers three different overnight experiences for your scouts to participate in! They all have their own specifications and things to be aware of before booking your next adventure. You can choose from a history, science, or paranormal overnight trip!

Check out their events calendar in order to find a date that works for your pack, troop, or crew! They have an online application for you to make your reservation!

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