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Overnight Program

Spend the night aboard the historic World War II submarine USS Pampanito (SS-383). This unique experience is open to all organized groups (schools, scouts, YMCA, etc.) which meet certain insurance requirements. The USS Pampanito is located at Pier 45, at the foot of Taylor Street, in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. (More about the Pampanito.)

The submarine has 48 bunks available for group members to sleep in; however, each person is required to bring their own sleeping bag. The minimum group size is 25.

While on board, you will have both a self-guided tour and personalized instruction by our staff on the history and operation of submarines. Groups are welcome to bring DVD's to play on a television monitor and DVD player that will be available during your stay on board. During the course of your visit, each camper will complete a submarine qualification worksheet and earn a special certificate from the USS Pampanito commemorating his/her overnight stay.

Scouts laying on racks in after battery.After you make your reservation, you will be sent a program guide book to help you plan your stay. Besides providing details about the program, a Plan of the Day is included which will provide the framework for activities while your group is on board. We expect your stay not only to be fun, but a learning experience as well. The Plan of the Day will help you to divide up responsibilities among your group so that they feel they are a real ship's crew. Your group will be responsible for furnishing their own snacks.

The per person cost for taking part in this program is $40.00 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings and $26.00 for weeknights. We do require a minimum 1:6 ratio of adults to children less than 18 years of age, and a minimum of 7 parents with any sized group. If your group has a stricter set of supervision requirements, please adhere to them. If any parents wish to attend, they will be accommodated at the same rate as other campers. We require a 25 person minimum payment prior to your arrival in order to finalize any reservations that are made with us which will be due two months after making your reservation and will be applied to the total cost of your program.

For more information or to make reservations, please contact Scout Coordinator, Alice via email, or call (415) 561-6662 x 33.

After making your reservation, we will let you know what additional steps you will need to take. We will require copies of your group's Certificate of Insurance as well as a tour permit or letter indicating the tour is officially approved by your organization. You will also be required to complete a Hold Harmless form which we will provide.

About the Program
Rules of Conduct
Safety Briefing 
Trip Planning

Plan of the Day
Crew Assignments
Submarine Qualification
Overnight Encampment Manual Adobe Reader Icon Download [PDF]

For more information, please contact Education Coordinator, Alice Watts via email,
or call (415) 561-6662 x 33


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