30. March 2012 · Comments Off on Alabama Discoveries 3: USS Alabama Battleship “Overnight Adventure” in Mobile · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , , , ,
You can get an idea of how BIG the guns are on this ship.

This past weekend the boys had the opportunity to camp out on the USS Alabama battleship at its museum location in Mobile Bay.  This is something the organization does for Scout groups (and other groups) most weekends.

The USS Alabama trip is truly one of the highlights of the scout year for my boys’ pack.  I was the coordinator for the trip this year, even though females aren’t allowed to remain on the ship if it’s a male-booking.  Everything went surprisingly well; the kids and male chaperones seemed to have a great time!

There were scout groups from Petal, MS, Phenix City, AL, Marietta, GA and Jacksonville, FL also camping.  Over 300 people total!  I think we were the envy of the other groups — we only had a 90 minute drive to the ship 🙂

Enjoy some pictures I took of the gang before I left the ship at 8pm.  I stayed at the hotel that’s adjacent to the property.

Most of the people you see here are from our Cub Scout Pack.  Dave and the boys are in the line somewhere.  There were over 80 from the pack on board!
Not a great picture, but you can get an idea of the berthing setup.  It’s remarkable that they gave us 95 beds in two rooms…and how little space that took.
Here’s a clearer view of the berthing — I took this picture the following morning after everyone had disembarked and we cleaned up.  We had everyone in this room and the room through the door behind it.
Dave took the boys through the museum area.
A view of the downtown Mobile skyline from the ship.
The ship’s snack bar can prepare meals for the group (for an additional fee) — they prepared a pizza dinner for us.
Sunset over Mobile.
Jacob and I took a walk down to the tanks on display nearby.
Jacob liked that this was called “Amtrac”.