The Webelos Den participated in the overnight program at the USS Hornet located in Alameda California on Saturday May 28th. The scouts arrived at the pier at 4:30 pm to board the ship at 5:00 pm. The crew started with some introductions and moved on to orientation, and an overview of some ship rules.
Participants spent the night “living with history” on the ultimate overnight adventure, learning about how the USS Hornet’s sailors lived and worked on this city at sea. They toured key areas of the ship to see various spaces and systems and discussed the history, science, and engineering behind them. There were opportunities to participate in several hands-on science stations and demonstrations interspersed with seeing sailors’ living quarters. The groups were assigned bunks within the ship’s berthing compartments.
The experience included dinner and breakfast in the original enlisted “Crew’s Mess”, learning about the famous carrier’s daring exploits, touring key areas of the ship and the historic naval aircraft on display, and learning about NASA’s Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions that put the first men on the moon.
On Saturday February 29th, the Pack 104 scouts convened at the Chabot Space Center to blast off into an out-of-the-world experience exploring the outer realms of space! The group explored telescopes, enjoyed recordings at the planetarium, and were challenged in a fast-paced scavenger hunt. They stayed overnight at the center and had a memorable time!
We asked a few of the scouts what they enjoyed most about their trip to Chabot. Here are a few highlights.
Chris: “Seeing what the night sky would have looked like 2000 years ago [in the planetarium] before light pollution.”
William: “I really liked the ‘Touch the Sun’ exhibit.”
Pack 104 was fortunate to have an opportunity to spend the night aboard the USS Pampanito. Docents led us on a tour of the ship and shared stories of the true-life adventures of this historic WWII-era submarine.
“Avast, me hearties! Spend a night going back in time and experiencing first-hand what it was like to work and sleep aboard a permanently moored turn-of-the-century tall ship. Celebrate San Francisco’s maritime heritage and travel back to the “Age of Sail”. Try your hand at one of the traditional maritime tasks such as raising a sail, swabbing the deck, rowing a longboat, or riding a bosun’s chair into the rigging; or have fun on a scavenger hunt!”
Age: Must be 6 years and older
Days: Saturday Saturday, 12/9/2017
Length: Approx 13 hours
Time: 7:30pm to 8:00am
Group Size: 25 to 35 participants
It is 1 parent to 1 scout ratio
Cost is $35/person
$6 extra for patch
You can pay with cash, check, or PayPal @ http://paypal.me/ecpack104