Overnight Camp Activities
Camping overnight aboard the USS KIDD is an unforgettable experience! It is both educational and fun for kids of all ages.
The USS KIDD Veterans Memorial Museum closes at 5:00 p.m. . Upon your arrival, your tour guide(s) will meet you at the front entrance of the museum. Please plan to arrive between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. in order to unload all of your gear, obtain parking and establish an accurate head count of your group. Your overnight camping experience is scheduled to begin 7:00 p.m. on the night of your stay and will end promptly at 9:00 a.m. the following morning. Once all groups scheduled for an overnight have arrived, you will be shown a short orientation film and your guide(s) will go over the Safety Rules with you. You will then walk to the ship and be given the opportunity to settle in and drop off your bags. A fire drill will be conducted to make you aware of what to do and where to go in case of an emergency. From there, your guide(s) will take you on an extensive tour where you will learn all about life aboard a World War II ship and learn about the role that destroyers played in battle. You’ll also learn about Rear Admiral Isaac Kidd and why the KIDD’s crew became known as “the Pirates of the Pacific.”
After the tour, your group is welcome to eat snacks on the main deck only. Groups may also use this time to explore the ship on their own and take supervised turns on the 20mm and 40mm guns. We offer four activities, free of charge, to overnight campers. You can choose either or both of the following: an exclusive tour of the USS KIDD’s Engine Room, a “test your knowledge” type scavenger hunt. All of these are optional and should be requested at the time of booking. Please note that ham radio demonstrations cannot be guaranteed and are dependent on the availability of our ARC volunteers.
“Lights Out” is set at midnight to ensure everyone receives a good night’s sleep. “Reveille” is set promptly at 6:30 a.m. so you want to make sure to get some ‘shut eye.’ Groups should be ready to depart the ship at 7:00 a.m., with their gear in tow, to be escorted back to the museum. Breakfast is delivered at 7:30 a.m. by McDonalds. After breakfast, groups are free to tour the exhibits in the museum at their own leisure. You can also visit our Gift Shop to look for unique souvenirs. Groups that have chosen the raising of the flags activity will be allowed to observe and/or participate in aboard ship and on shore at the museum. The ship and museum reopen to the general public at 9:00 a.m. and it is here that all overnight activities officially end. However, your group is welcome to return to the ship, explore her in the daylight and take photos. Just remember: the safety rules are still in effect, even in the daytime. You may stay as long as you like for the remainder of the day until the museum closes.
Example Overnight Camping Itinerary
All times are approximate and subject to change due to several factors.
5:00 p.m. Ship & museum close for touring.
6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Overnight groups arrive at museum. Remember: showing up on time translates to more time aboard ship.
7:00 p.m. Orientation film & safety briefing.
7:45 - 8:15 p.m. Move gear to the KIDD, stow food items on Main Deck, get settled into bunks, and conduct a fire drill.
8:15 - 9:30 p.m. Guided tour of the USS KIDD.
9:30 p.m. -12:00 a.m. Free period -- Groups may eat snacks at this time and explore the ship on their own. At all times, however, we require the use of the Buddy System. All children must be accompanied by adults. Optional activities (Scavenger Hunt & Engine Room Tour) conducted at this time. If you have an activity that you would like to conduct (i.e. religious devotional or service, or activities for earning merit badges, etc.), these can be done at this time, so long as they have been cleared through the Reservations Department ahead of time for compliance with safety regulations.
12:00 midnight Lights Out. (This time may be moved up if requested)
12:00 a.m. - 6:30 a.m. Sleep period. No hands should be above deck except for bathroom purposes (adults or children).
6:30 a.m. Reveille. (Time to wake up)
6:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. All hands pack their gear and get ready to depart the ship.
7:00 a.m. All hands depart ship with their gear and return to museum on shore. Gift shop opens at this time for purchase of souvenirs.
7:15 - 7:30 a.m. McDonalds delivers breakfast to museum.
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast outside in P-40 Courtyard (weather dependent).
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Self-guided touring of museum. USS KIDD closed until 9:00 a.m. for cleaning and wash down of decks.
9:00 a.m. Overnight Camp activities concluded. USS KIDD Veterans Memorial reopens to the public.
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Overnight admission covers any additional self-guided touring through the close of business at 5:00 p.m.