A baseball stadium, an aquarium with sharks swimming overhead and the camp where Friday the 13th was filmed are among the craziest places Scouts have camped in recent years.
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1. On the same floor where the San Antonio Spurs play
Who: Pack 48.
Where: AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, which is home of the NBA’s Spurs and the Rampage of the American Hockey League.
Why it’s crazy: A bunch of Scouts camping on the same grounds traversed by Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Mary, one of the leaders in Pack 48, adds: “We are the maroon bedrolls to the left of the overhead screen along walkway.”
2. On a minor league baseball field
Who: Pack 253, Chestertown, Md.
Where: Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Del., home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League.
Why it’s crazy: Instead of fighting post-game traffic, the Scouts “watched a great game and got to spend the night on the field,” says Scout leader Nicole.
3. On an island in the middle of an Alaskan river
Who: Troop 256, Pickerington, Ohio.
Where: Yukon River, Alaska, on a small rock island in the middle of the river.
Why it’s crazy: Because of the remoteness, no setting sun and the fact that “hardly no one camps there,” says Scoutmaster Brent.
4. In an aquarium (right under the sharks)
Who: Pack 24.
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Why it’s crazy: Cubmaster Ed quotes one of his Cub Scouts, who recently asked, “Mr. Ed, when can we sleep with the sharks again?”
5. In a museum (right under the dinosaurs)
Who: Pack 86.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.
Why it’s crazy: Because of the surroundings, says Scout leader Nicole. “The Science Museum of Minnesota is a great place to camp because it provides a great program and many cool exhibits to sleep next to.”
6. At the camp where Friday the 13th was filmed
Who: Pack 192, Wayne, N.J.
Where: Northern New Jersey Council’s Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in Blairstown, N.J.
Why it’s crazy: Otherwise known as “Camp Crystal Lake,” the first Friday the 13th movie (1980) was filmed at No-Be. The council even offers official Friday the 13th tours of the camp.
7. In a “haunted” jail in Canada
Who: Troop 213, Export, Pa.
Where: The cells of the Ottawa Jail Hostel — a “haunted” 19th-century Canadian county jail.
Why it’s crazy: It’s really the only acceptable way to spend the night in jail — in real cells, with real bars and with a real clanking barred cell door.
8. On a beach in the shadow of a roller coaster
Who: Troop and Pack 409.
Where: Cedar Point Beach in Sandusky, Ohio, next to the popular amusement park. This was part of an official Heart of Ohio Council event.
Why it’s crazy: Scout leader James says, “An early wake up call from coaster test runs? Oh, what a great four years on this campout!”
9. Inside an 18th century fort
Who: Troop 61, Wooster, Ohio.
Where: Fort Niagara near Youngstown, N.Y.
Why it’s crazy: “The Scouts slept inside the fort in the former soldier bunk area,” says Scouter Mark.
10. Inside a submarine
Who: Pack 169, Port Huron, Mich.
Where: USS Silversides, a World War II submarine in Muskegon, Mich.
Why it’s crazy: A chance to sleep in the berths where brave men once served our country.
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