By Meridith Orr, Program Executive
Have you ever imagined what life is like on an aircraft carrier? Did you know you can actually spend the night on one? You can if you visit the USS Yorktown – also known as “The Fighting Lady” – at the Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Charleston Harbor, SC. The Yorktown recently hosted the Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines Program Team on an overnight aboard the ship so that we could get the scoop on all the great programs they have to offer.
Girl Scouts have their own sleeping quarters on the Yorktown! When you arrive, you’ll drop your gear at your bunk and explore the ship’s operating spaces and living quarters, followed by a meal and entertainment – there’s a theater on board that hosts movie nights. After a fire-drill and roll call at the large American flag on the flight deck, you’ll head back to your quarters for lights out and “Taps” at 11:00 p.m.
Revile wakes you up bright and early the next morning with a bugle call. You’ll line up to go to the Chief Petty Officer’s Mess for breakfast, and then start the day with all sorts of fun, hands-on activities that explore Oceanography, Astronomy, Aviation and more!
These activities support some of the Girl Scout Journey badge programs, including “Home Scientist” from Brownie Quest and “Gardener” from Get Moving. The Program Team performed water tests, built a robotic arm and made some eco-friendly cleaning solutions, before attempting the “Collision Course” leadership challenge!
The Yorktown’s “Collision Course” Leadership program puts you in a real-life situation that tests your problem-solving skills. Using math and GPS technology, you and your teammates must complete a mission by cracking a secret code! If you want more challenges, the Yorktown also offers scavenger hunts, geocaching and a climbing wall. You can also take the role of a scientist studying the unique ecosystem offered by Charleston Harbor’s estuary environment.
We had a fantastic time on our shipboard camping adventure, and we think you and your troop will, too! For more information, contact the Program Department at 800-284-4475.