Battleship Texas BB35 Sleepover

Post date: Apr 09, 2013 1:39:22 AM

What should I bring:

    • Pillow

    • Sleeping Bag

    • Change of clothes

    • Pajamas or sleepwear

    • Toiletries

    • Camera

    • Comfortable walking shoes

    • Class A Uniform (please wear this on the trip and boarding the ship)

    • Dinner is not provided, please eat before arriving

    • Bring snacks and drinks for the video/movie.

What NOT to bring:

    • Electronics

    • Knives, weapons, etc..

Q. Are there showers on board the ship?

A. Yes, cold showers only, so come as fresh as you can.

Q. Do you serve meals on the ship?

A. We do not serve an evening meal.

We can email a list of area restaurants and phone numbers. Breakfast is catered and the choices are pancake/sausage on a stick, breakfast tacos or cereal. Milk, orange juice and coffee are provided as well.

Q. What should we wear?

A. Light shirt/shorts for summer. Shirt/sweater/coat/long pants for winter. Sneakers or hiking boots year around. If it looks like rain, bring a rain coat.

Q. Is there anything else we should bring?

A. Yes, drinks and snacks for our “school time” (movie). A flashlight, your organization’s flag and mosquito spray is always a good idea.

Q. What time does it start?

A. It’s best to arrive at the ship around 5:30pm the day of your Overnight camping trip, the park closes at 6:00 PM. We will check you in, and make sure all the forms are filled out. You will be touring, and kept busy until after 10:00 PM. Taps signals bedtime, and Reveille will wake you in the morning. Breakfast, our flag raising, the morning tour, and our awards ceremony will last until 10:00 AM. When this is over you get . . . “Liberty”. You are welcome to stay on board if you wish, and don’t forget to visit our gift shop which opens at 10am.

Overnight Program Staff

Program Manager: Paul McCann

Program Assistant: Jerry Irwin

Overnight Office

Telephone: 281-542-0684


Fax: 281-478-4185

Boy Scout Troop 1409 will be visiting the Battleship Texas BB35 with Cub Scout Pack 140. There are no more available openings. Only those that had previously registered to go can attend. If you are unsure if you registered or not, please contact Scoutmaster Gray.

Please arrive on site no later than 5:30pm.

We will begin coordination and boarding at 6pm.

The remainder of the itinerary for our visit can be found here:

Address of the Battleship

San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship TEXAS State Historic Site

3523 Independence Parkway

LaPorte, TX 77571


Schedule: USS TEXAS Battleship Overnight Program

Arrive at 5:30 - 5:45 p.m.- Plan to eat your evening meal before arriving, or you can eat on the park grounds if you wish. You will be greeted at 6pm and given overnight parking permits for your vehicle. Next, we gather around the picnic tables at the park gift shop to finish paper work, collect fees, etc. Then we divide in to groups to begin the tour with your designated tour guide. Now the adventure begins! We stress military procedure and military conduct and we have fun! Upon boarding the ship - your group’s flag is raised (if you choose to bring one) and flown during your stay. While touring-we inform campers about safety, history of the ship, how the ship was built, and how life was aboard the ship.

Approx 9:15 p.m. - we meet in the Dreadnaught room to view a documentary video about the ship. (Please bring snacks and soft drinks for the campers during the film). Next the campers are off on an “Informational Scavenger Hunt” to find the answers to a questionnaire given to them. The highest scoring camper of this “Hunt” has the privilege of being the “Officer of the Deck” the following morning. We must ask permission from this “Officer” to leave the ship the next morning. (Of course a few adults never salute correctly the first time so they are asked to go to the back of the line-to try again).

Approx. 10:00 p.m. - “Taps” is played and it’s off to the bunks for the campers. “Firewatch” is set in to place at this time. Sleeping areas are air conditioned and/or heated.

6:30 a.m.-“Reveille” is sounded and it’s time to get up, go to bathroom, brush teeth, etc.

7:00 a.m. – A catered breakfast is served: choice of Breakfast Taco, Pancakes and Sausage on a stick, or Cereal, your choice of Orange juice, Milk and Coffee (for the Adults). While the campers eat breakfast they can watch a silent movie taken aboard the TEXAS in 1931.

8:00 a.m. – “Morning Colors”, Raising of the US flag.

8:10 a.m. - Tour main deck, Navigation Bridge and places that the public does not go.

Approx. 09:20 Graduation Ceremony: Held in the Ward Room as the campers names are called they receive graduation certificates & patches. Time is taken to learn how to salute properly when leaving the ship.

Pack gear - Lower flag. 10:00 a.m.“ish” – Depart the ship by presenting a proper salute.

Bring: Form #3-4 completed for all staying aboard, snacks and drinks for 9pm Battleship video time, group flag, sleeping bag/pillow or other, 1 or 2 flashlights, mosquito spray (seasonal). Dress accordingly - listen to weather report, have fun!