Patriots Point’s overnight stay program is very well known, our programs for elementary through high school are becoming better known, but two youth programs at Patriots Point are poorly known…even most of our staff don’t realize that these programs occur onboard the USS Yorktown.The programs are the Navy League’s Sea Cadet program and the Boy Scouts Sea Scout program. Both programs are co-educational offering opportunity and adventure for both boys and girls (ages 11-17).
The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is for American youth ages 11-17 who have a desire to learn about the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. Sea Cadets are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms appropriately marked with the Sea Cadet Corps insignia. The objectives of the Sea Cadet program are to introduce youth to naval life, to develop in them a sense of pride, patriotism, courage, and self-reliance, and to maintain an environment free of drugs and gangs.
The Hunley-Yorktown Sea Cadets drill onboard the USS Yorktown one Saturday per month, if you are interested you can visit their website here.
The Coastal Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America have a Sea Scout Ship at Patriots Point. It is Ship 510 and they routinely meet on the Yorktown. Sea Scouting is organized to promote better citizenship and to improve members’ boating skills and knowledge through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills, outdoor, social, and service experiences, and knowledge of our maritime heritage.
You can find out more about Ship 510 at their web site here…