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USS Hornet Air & Sea Museum Pack 33 STEM Overnight:

was November 4-5, 2017

Thanks to all for a great event!

The USS Hornet, currently moored in Alameda, California as a National Historic Landmark, is the eighth ship of the United States Navy to bear that name. Launched August 30,1942 at Newport News, VA, she departed for service in the Pacific theater of World War 2.  In the war she participated in battles in New Guinea, the Caroline Islands, the Marianas, and the Phillipine Sea, as well as the battles for Tinian, Saipan, Guam, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The Hornet continued to serve in the Pacific through to decommissioning in 1970.  The USS Hornet earned 7 battle stars in World War 2. 

USS Hornet by the numbers:

     Length: 872 feet

     Beam (width): 93 feet

     Displacement (weight): 24,580 tons

     Aircraft carried: 82

     Horsepower: 150,000

     Speed: 33 knots

     Armor: 4" flight deck

     Crew: over 3000

In July of 1969, the USS Hornet was the recovery carrier for the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first men to walk upon the moon. The USS Hornet also recovered the Apollo 12 capsule and crew. The photo on the right shows the astronauts in biological isolation suits with a navy frogman, after splashdown.

About the Visit

Cost for the overnight is $79.50 per person payable via Paypal on the signupgenius registration page, this includes two meals. To maximize the opportunity for our boys to attend, and given limited spots available on this otherwise sold out night, only registered scouts who have paid their dues for 2017-2018 and one adult per family may sign up. Sign-ups will be on a first-come first served basis at 


PLEASE read the detailed info pdf attached below provided by the USS Hornet. This has been updated since this page was first created.  Scouts will tour the aircraft carrier including an opportunity for an up close visit with historical aircraft and memorabilia from the Apollo 11 mission.  You can challenge the Cubmaster to see if he can name the aircraft on the flight deck!  Our evening will start with an introduction to the ship including a safety drill. Our tour of the ship may include the bridge, the combat information center, and engineering spaces. Scouts will have the opportunity to earn a patch (pictured below).


As a special part of the adventure we will have a "Night Ops" STEM program, with several "hands-on" science stations not available on standard overnights, to discuss topics like the catapults and ship's power, including discussions of thermodynamics, kinetic and potential energy, sonar and navigation, and basic magnetism.

Scouts will eat dinner and breakfast in a crew mess hall, and sleep in an actual crew bunk for the night.

As in the ship while in service, the bunks are closely spaced, so please be aware of this in advance.  Also note that the sleeping area is shared, and we may also have the company of other youth groups.

What to Bring

All parents and scouts MUST bring a completed MEDICAL FORM (below).  Scouts should attend in full uniform including sturdy closed-toe shoes. Bring a backpack or duffel labeled with their name, containing sleeping bag, pillow, extra blanket if desired, a change of clothes, a warm jacket and hat, toothbrush and toiletries, hand towel, filled water bottle, and flashlight. Earplugs may help light sleepers. The USS Hornet prohibits knives, matches, or electronic devices.  Please make sure to have completed the trip medical form and review the safety pdf below. 


Trip Guidelines and Info

[attendees must read]

Medical Form

[attendees must bring for all in party]

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