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Troop 355 is going to sea – well sort of….We’re going to visit and stay overnight on the USS Midway aircraft carrier located in San Diego.
For those that missed Monday night’s meeting, our next Troop outing will be a very special event on board the aircraft carrier USS Midway in San Diego! How often can you say you spent the night on a floating city at sea 3 football fields long and 20 stories tall and were able to “walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country and upheld the American ideals of strength, freedom and peace” while serving in Vietnam and the First Persian Gulf War and that sailed in every ocean in the world? The USS Midway was America’s longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century and is now one of the most visited ship museums in the world.
The trip is from Saturday March 1st through Sunday March 2nd. This one is coming up quickly so I need sign-ups asap in order to compile the attendance spreadsheet (48 signed up already Monday night!).
***CHECKS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 (THAT’S RIGHT, NEXT WEDNESDAY!) TO ENSURE YOUR RESERVATION ON THE SHIP***
Attached is general information for the trip. Boys, please read it completely as it contains our itinerary, gear to bring (and not bring), Rules and Safety Guidelines and important reminders. There is no meal planning for this outing – we will have dinner Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning on the ship (and clean up after ourselves!). Also attached is a pre-order form for “I Survived a USS Midway Overnighter” T-Shirt. Please deal directly with the ship’s Jet Shop if you are interested in ordering.
Cost: $85.00 per person. Make checks payable to BSA Troop 355 and send to:
2376 Las Lunas Street
Pasadena, CA 91107
(FYI – there will be no refunds on this trip because we have to commit to the amount we promise)
Timing: All attendees must be on the pier in San Diego by 4:30 PM Saturday. The check-in briefing and fire drill is MANDATORY. If you get there too late the ship will be locked down and no one will be allowed on or off the ship. Our voyage will conclude at 9:30 AM Sunday morning, but you are welcome to stay aboard and continue exploring the ship.
Transportation: You are responsible for transportation to and from the carrier. Parking is available on the pier for a fee of $12:00. You can also arrange for transportation by ordering tickets through Amtrak (http://www.amtrak.com/pacific-surfliner-train), departing from Union Station downtown L.A.(called LAX by Amtrak) and arriving in San Diego downtown (SAN – located 2 blocks from the Midway). The website shows the cost to be $37.00 per person for adults or $55.50 for an adult and child 15 years or younger. According to the Midway information, DO NOT BOOK A TRAIN AFTER TRAIN #774 WHICH LEAVES UNION STATION AT 12:30 PM AND ARRIVES IN SAN DIEGO AT 3:10 PM. Any train leaving after this will get you there too late. Also, please note that, unfortunately, there is major construction happening to the Orange County portion of the train line during the first three weekends of March. That means the train will stop in Irvine and all passengers will be transferred to buses and driven to San Diego. I’ve spoken with Amtrak and they promise the buses will arrive in San Diego on schedule!
Please let me know if you have any questions (do not Reply All). Mr. Shwery, please chime in on any items I left out. I look forward to seeing all of you aboard ship!
Greg Geraci (818) 481-1680