Sleep over makes waves for scouts

April 11, 2012 by  

A cub scout pack from West Hartford recently had an educational sleep over at a museum in Fall River, bringing nautical history to life.

Cub Scout Pack 148 took part in Nautical Nights at Battleship Cove, taking part in living history while discovering the planet’s biggest collection of sea ships. The boy scouts learned to tie knots, listened to stories of the sea, learned Morse Code and watched a movie.

They toured the Massachusetts, a U.S. Navy battleship, saw PT Boats and a submarine among other navy vessels. They concluded their experience with a sleep over with parents and leaders as chaperones, on the renowned Kennedy Destroyer.

The entrance to Battleship Cove is graced by the bow of the USS Fall River, a vessel launched in 1944 and commissioned on July 1, 1945. It is customary to name all great ships after U.S. cities. The ship saw active duty and sailed to California, Pearl Harbour, until returning to the west coast where she was decommissioned and placed on reserve in Puget Sound Navy Yard in 1947. The imposing bow of the Fall River serves as a reminder to all who visit Battleship Cove, which is the world’s largest naval museum, of the brave naval officers who once served, and continue to serve American shores.

Museums, which frequently host touring exhibitions, would require poster and flyer printing to advertise upcoming shows.

The field trip gave the troop keen insight into the sacrifices made by naval veterans in the last century. Fall River is approximately 107 miles from West Hartford where the cub scout group was from.