We asked Scouters to share neat places their units have spent the night. Hopefully, those featured here can inspire your unit’s future overnighters.
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Strataca, the Kansas Underground Salt Museum, Hutchinson, Kan.
“We got to spend the night 650 feet underground in a salt mine, learning about mining and geology.”
– Jeanna Warman, Troop 218, Lamar, Colo.
International Wolf Center, Ely, Minn.
“The Scouts thought it was cool sleeping with just a pane of glass between them and the wolves. A few times in the night, wolves would walk right up to the glass and look down on a Scout sleeping on the floor just a couple feet away. Thankfully, it’s tough glass.”
– Ted McLaughlin, Troop 33, Minneapolis, Minn.
Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial, Camden, N.J.
“This was amazing, and the Scouts loved it. We had dog tags made, toured most of the ship, saw a small gun shoot blanks and slept in the bunks that the sailors slept in.”
– Kim Kautz, Pack 85, Elizabethtown, Pa.
Mackay Stadium at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nev.
“Scouts were invited to sleep on the football field after a great game. We go to all of the Wolf Pack football games as a family, so my son was super excited to get to play on the field and camp on the 50-yard line. This is a great memory that he’ll have for the rest of his life.”
– Vicki Pillers, Pack 443, Spanish Springs, Nev.
USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown, Mass.
“You get to sleep aboard the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. Units can hike the Freedom Trail or enjoy many other Boston landmarks as part of the trip.”
– Tom Hutton, Troop 1 and Pack 1, Islington, Mass.
Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C.
“We camped on base and watched the Blue Angels airshow. We ate breakfast in the mess hall with the Marines.”
– Sean Spainhour, Pack 256, Charlotte, N.C.
Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City, Utah
“We took a nighttime tour with covered flashlights through the zoo to observe nocturnal animals, roasted hot dogs, played games and camped at the zoo overnight. It was a blast!”
– Kim Burkhalter, Pack 7, Filer, Idaho
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.
“My son and I slept on the marble floor in the trophy room under the Lombardi trophies.”
– Nate Koch, Troop 583, Prentice, Wis.
Muskogee War Memorial Park, Muskogee, Okla.
“Our pack stayed overnight on the USS Batfish submarine a few years back, and it has been the most memorable of trips we have taken. Many of the Cubs are now Scouts and even with the many more adventures we have had, they all voted unanimously they want to return.”
– Brian Reynolds, Pack 237, Kellyville, Okla.
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