Scout Programs




Welcome. We offer a variety of dockside and sailing programs at the Maritime Museum for Scouting and other youth organizations. While some of our programs may be designed for specific scouting requirements, all programs can be tailored to your schedule and age group. Please scroll through the list of programs below and if you would like further information on these programs, please call the Education office at (619) 234-9153 ext. 132 or email,
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Adventure Tour:

 

Designed for smaller classes including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies and Cub Scouts, our Adventure Tour offers a variety of hands-on activities at our Museum. This program can be tailored to your schedule and age group, so you have some options with the activities.

The program includes:

  • Guided tour by our Education staff of the Star of India (World’s oldest active tall-ship) with a sail raising activity
  • Rowing lesson and rowing out on San Diego Bay aboard one of our longboats
  • Black powder gun or cannon demonstration on the Museum barge
  • 45 minute tour around San Diego Bay on the historic 1914 Pilot Boat

Self guided tour of the Museum’s other ships and submarines including the HMS Surprise (featured in Master and Commander and Pirates of the Caribbean 4) as well as the USS Dolphin (deepest diving submarine)

The total cost of the program with all activities is $30 a student, $15 an adult. Scout leader/organizer would be free.
If you wanted to forgo either the rowing or the live-fire demonstration, then the cost would be $25 per student, $13 adult.
This program is from 3.5-5 hours long, depending on the number of activities. Program can begin anytime between 9am and 3pm.

All ages are welcome, the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 5/75.

 

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Adventure Tour Overnight Option:

 

This program can be followed up with a Sleepover aboard one of our Tall Ships. Participants will continue the program with more activities, have dinner and breakfast, and sleep aboard either the Star of India, HMS Surprise, or Californian (Ship dependent on availability). There are no age restrictions to this program, siblings are welcome as well. The minimum/maximum number of participants to book an overnight option is 15/50.

 

Explorer Tour and Sleepover: $75/Scout $40/adult.

 

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Ahoy Brownies and Cub Scouts! "Introduction to Sailing Ships"

 

This two hour program introduces Brownies and Cub Scouts to the salty world of sailing ships! They will explore the 1863 barque Star of India through a scavenger hunt, and learn the parts of a ship through a coloring activity in this fun-filled and educational workshop. In addition, our instructors will teach the scouts shipboard directions and spin them a yarn before they jump ship! Scouts will earn a special participation patch at the end of this workshop. For more hands-on activities, please see our Adventure Tour.

 

The total cost of the program is $15 a Scout and $8 an adult. Scout leader/organizer would be free.
All ages are welcome, the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 10/25.
This program is 2 hours long.

 

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Californian Challenge

 

The Californian Challenge provides our most extensive opportunity to participate in team-building activities aboard our historic vessels. This program can vary from 1-5 days.

Our one day Californian Challenge starts around 9:00am and the morning session consists of tours of the ships, rowing in the Bay, and climbing out (in climbing harnesses) on the Californian’s jibboom. This will prepare the students for sailing the tall-ship Schooner Californian in the afternoon. We also will be firing the ships guns to salute the Star of India as we return to the dock. This program is from 9am to 4pm and is $50 a scout, $30 adult chaperone's/participants. Organizer is free.

This can be tailored into an overnight program and sleeping aboard either the Star of India, HMS Surprise, or Californian (Ship dependent on availability). Dinner and breakfast are provided by us. This program is from 9am until 9am the following day and is $100 a scout, $50 an adult.

Our weekend (multi-day) Californian Challenge would involve arriving at the Maritime Museum in the late afternoon/evening of Day 1 and sleeping two nights aboard either the Star of India, HMS Surprise, or Californian (Ship dependent on availability). Breakfast the next two days would be provided by us. The first morning would be a tour of the Museum, sail training and rowing. There would be at least an hour break for lunch (on your own). The afternoon will be sailing on the Californian. In the evening we would provide dinner. The next day we would row and build upon team building activities with lunch provided by us. This would conclude around 1:00pm. Check-in: 6-8pm Day 1. Check-out 1pm Day 3. Cost: $150 a student, $100 adult chaperone's/participants. Organizer is free.

Our weeklong (5 days, 6 nights) Californian Challenge is a “camp-style” program where participants live aboard one of our dock-side tall ships during the duration of the program. Meals are provided by us. Extensive sail training will be conducted throughout the week including training in climbing aloft. This prepares participants for a 6 hour ocean sail on the Californian on the final day. Activities during the week include rowing, blackpowder gun firing, guided hikes at Cabrillo National Monument, Safety at Sea training, and many more. The total cost of the program is $750 a scout, $325 an adult. Scout leader/organizer would be free.

This program is suited for ages 13 and above (please contact us in regards to age waivers), the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 15/30.

 

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Californian Challenge-Catalina Sail

 

Sail on the Californian for a 4 day adventure and explore Catalina while living aboard a top-sail schooner. Participants will be divided into “watches” and assist in sailing the ship. Onboard education staff will be teaching the students about oceanography, astronomy, and the history of exploration along the Pacific Coast. Activities at Catalina Island include hiking, and kayaking.

 

All onboard meals, Kayaks, life vests, paddles, safety equipment, and ACA certified kayaking instructor and tour guide are included.

 

Departure from San Diego:
The total cost of the program is $650 a participant. Scout leaders/organizer would be $325 a participant. Departure from Los Angeles area:
The total cost of the program is $775 a participant. Scout leaders/organizer would be $350.

 

This program is suited for ages 13 and above (please contact us in regards to age waivers), the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 10/18 participants.

 

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Days of Oar-Rowing

 

Generally conducted over 5 days, this program offers rowing instruction and teambuilding aboard the Museum's collection of historic longboats. Get out on the water and foster water safety, self reliance, communication, the spirit of adventure and team work. Maritime skills taught through the practice of long boat rowing accomplishes many personal developmental goals while kids have fun on the water. Discover the traditions and history of rowing in San Diego, and then take off on an adventure row and picnic on San Diego Bay.

Grades: 6-12, Adults as well
Each session is 3 hours long from 8:30am-11:30am, $15 a participant/per session.
The 5 day program is (4) 3 hour sessions and (1) final rowing event from 8:30am-2:00pm.
Cost: $90/participant. Minimum: 5 participants. Maximum: 20. Scout leader/Organizer is free.

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Oceanography Merit Badge-Californian

 

This 5 hour program will allow Scouts to complete the Oceanography Merit Badge. A certified Merit Badge counselor will assist the Scouts as they perform plankton tows and water analysis during a 2.5 hour sail on the Californian. They will also be touring the Ferry Boat Berkeley and will also visit the USS Dolphin research submarine.


The total cost of the program is $40 a participant (scouts and adults). Scout leader/organizer would be free.

This program generally begins at 9am but later start times can be arranged. All ages are welcome, the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 20/40.

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Oceanography Merit Badge Overnight Options

 

This program can be followed up with a Sleepover aboard one of our Tall Ships. Scouts will participate in activities, have dinner and breakfast, and sleep aboard either the Star of India, HMS Surprise, or Californian (Ship dependent on availability).

 

Sail and Sleepover: $100/scout $60/adult. There is no age restriction to this program, if any participant is only attending the sleepover, then the cost is $50/child $35/adult.

 

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Oceanography Merit Badge-Pilot

 

This 4 hour program will allow Scouts to complete the Oceanography Merit Badge. A certified Merit Badge counselor will assist the Scouts as they perform plankton tows and water analysis during a 1.5 hour boat ride on the historic 1914 Pilot Boat. They will also be touring the Ferry Boat Berkeley and will also visit the USS Dolphin research submarine.


The total cost of the program is $25 a participant (scouts and adults). Scout leader/organizer would be free.

This program generally begins at 9am but later start times can be arranged. All ages are welcome, the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 10/60.

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Rowing Merit Badge

 

This all day program will allow Scouts to complete the Rowing Merit Badge. A certified Merit Badge counselor will introduce Scouts to the history of long boat rowing in San Diego aboard the Museum’s collection of longboats. Scouts will need to successfully complete the BSA swimmer test prior to any rowing activities. (Bring proof of completion or this test will be performed at the Museum).


Cost: $35/person. Minimum: 5 participants. Maximum: 20. Scout leader/Organizer is free.
Time: 8:30am-5:30pm.

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Scout Sail

 

Scouts set a course for adventure aboard the state of California's official tall ship, Californian! This 135 foot traditional schooner takes scouts out for a three-hour sail, where they will learn important safety guidelines, line handling and knot tying. They will also work as a crew; setting sail, and manning the helm. There will also be the opportunity to fire the ship's gun (circumstances permitting). This program will emphasize teamwork and the importance of personal responsibility.


The total cost of the program is $35 a participant (scouts and adults). Scout leader/organizer would be free. This program generally begins at 9am on weekends and 3:00pm on weekdays, but later start times can be arranged. All ages are welcome, the minimum/maximum number of participants to book a program is 20/40.

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Wonders of Water and other National Leadership Journeys

 

We are developing new programs that are in-line with the new Journey Awards. In the interim, please see the description of our Oceanography Merit Badge program as well as the Californian Challenge and Scout sails as we can integrate any of these programs for Girl Scout requirements.

 

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To reserve a date, or for more information please call or email:
(619) 234-9153 x132
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