Pack your gear! For more than 25 years, the Youth Overnight Camping Program on board the USS YORKTOWN is one of the nation's top education adventures.
Youngsters arrive and experience the majesty of the USS YORKTOWN, sleep in the berthing areas where the sailors once slept, learn about naval and aviation history.
Each camping package includes self-guided tours, meals and entertainment, and an on-site educational program. Please note that the YORKTOWN and other areas of Patriots Point often serve as an events rental location. Therefore, portions of the ship may be inaccessible during private events.
If you are the leader of an ORGANIZED YOUTH GROUP OF 10 OR MORE PEOPLE and would like more information on our overnight camping program, please call Richard Gregg at
All leaders are required to be knowledgeable of the Plan of the Day (POD).
**A NOTE ABOUT BOX LUNCHES**
Patriots Point and the YORKTOWN are top events rentals locations along the Charleston harbor. Occasionally, portions of the museum may be inaccessible to campers for a private event. Patriots Point staff will work with your group to ensure you know of these closures ahead of time. We appreciate your cooperation in sharing the space with other guests of Patriots Point.
Patriots Point provides a bare mattress on the bunk. Campers must bring sleeping gear and all personal hygiene items. Patriots Point will not provide sleeping gear.
Are there age requirements for campers?
All campers, including siblings, must be at least six years old. There are no complimentary admissions.
What time should we arrive?
All campers and leaders must be on board NO LATER THAN 8:00 PM. Upon arrival, the Troop/Group Leader should contact the Public Safety Officer, who will be in or near
the Security Gatehouse in front of the larger Gift Shop/Ticket Booth building. The Public Safety Officer will contact the Scout Duty Officer via radio to coordinate
boarding the YORKTOWN.
How should we pack?
Due to restricted parking spaces on the pier as regulated by the State Fire Marshal, troops are required to carry all luggage from the parking area down the 600-foot pier to the YORKTOWN. Please pack with this in mind.
Should we arrive as a group?
Everyone in a group should plan to arrive at Patriots Point simultaneously. Due to the nature of our Orientation Program, this is a must.
How are berthing areas assigned?
All campers are assigned specific quarters and are requested to respect the privacy of other campers by not entering other quarters. The berthing quarters are climate controlled. Due to camper volume, we cannot guarantee specific berthing areas to groups; but will make every effort to assign groups to areas that adequately accommodate them. All youth campers must have adult supervision. Under NO circumstances are males and females allowed to share quarters.
Is all of the museum accessible during overnight programs?
Patriots Point is a leading rentals site and often hosts events on the YORKTOWN and surrounding areas. Therefore, there is always a possibility that certain areas may include music, large numbers of guests, and the presence of alcohol with our of-age guests. We will inform you if one of these events coincide with your overnight stay and we ask for cooperation between all guests at Patriots Point.
Is there an Orientation Program?
The Orientation Program will be conducted by the Scout Duty Officer upon arrival on board the YORKTOWN. During Orientation, rules of conduct, the importance of the Fire Drill and other behavioral standards are explained.
What are the Regular and Emergency Phone Numbers?
The main Patriots Point number is (843) 884-2727. The Camping Office number is (843) 881-5962 (M-F, 8-4:30). The after hours Camping Office number is (843) 881-5937. Emergency or after-hours is (843) 860-2345. This is a cellular phone answered 24 hours a day by a Public Safety Officer.
What safety precautions do you take?
A fire drill is mandated by the State Fire Marshal and is held during the evening of your first night on board. Everyone MUST participate in order to sleep on board. There are NO EXCEPTIONS.
What are the conduct expectations and responsibility of Leaders?
In general our camping groups display good conduct. There have been isolated cases of willful property destruction and theft. Such behavior is not tolerated and violators and group leaders will be held fully accountable for unacceptable conduct and damage. Any individuals who violate these rules will be asked to leave the ship.
Is there a schedule of Fees?
Fees are due 45 days in advance. Checks should be made payable to Patriots Point. We also accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Please do not pay for more spaces than you originally reserved. When you make your final payment you are establishing your final count. We can increase your count ONLY if space allows.
What is the Refund policy?
Troops/groups will be assessed a processing fee of $30.00 per person for any camper that has paid in full and does not attend. Refunds issued by credit card will be refunded immediately. It may take a few days for the refund to show on your account. Refunds issued by check will be mailed 4-6 weeks after a scheduled visit.
Whom should we contact about Food Allergies?
Contact our caterers at (843) 375-1366 or firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any food allergies or with any questions regarding meals and snacks. The catering staff needs to be notified prior to arrival.