Please note: All costs cited are for purposes of estimating only - actual charges may and probably will vary. These prices were based on information obtained in 1995 and 1996.
Naval Air Station Pensacola
Public Afairs Officer
Pensacola, FL 32508-5000
Pensacola - Naval Air Station:
At Pensacola troops can stay for free at
the Naval Air Station's barracks (Air Conditioned group quarters), or bring
their own tentage and stay at the group camping area.
As is the case at most military bases, food in the dining hall is inexpensive. The view is great (overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, awesome view). Scouts will enjoy the weekend free visiting hours of the Land Survival School. It was at this very school that Col. Scott O'Grady (the
Air Force Pilot who was shot down & survived uncaptured in Bosnia for five
days) learned how to do that. Of the joys of learning which bugs to eat!
Nearby the U.S. Department of the Interior operates
Fort Barrackis which was held by the Confederacy throughout the Civil War,
it is across the bay from another fort which the Union Controlled.
Finally the National Naval Aviation Museum is here at the NAS base. It too
is free, it is huge, and has a wonderful gift shop. The Aircraft Carrier
U.S.S. Saratoga, just decommissioned from active duty, is also nearby for
practice take off and landings by NAS school personnel.
NOAA Aircraft Operations Center
Terry Lynch wrote the following on Scouts-L:
And now for the plug. As I haven't posted to the list in a while, I'll
mention it now. I work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) in the Aircraft Operations Center, at MacDill AFB in
Tampa. If y'all ever have a Scout troop in the Tampa/St. Pete area and
would like a tour of our (NOAA's) aircraft, give me a call. I love showing
off our planes, especially to scout groups! Hangared at MacDill we have the
two Hurricane Hunter P-3's, our new G-IV that we use for hurricane
surveillance, and a half dozen other light aircraft. The base has allowed
my troop to camp overnight a few times and I suspect that we could set that
up for other troops as well.
St. Petersburg, Florida
NOAA/AOC/Science & Engineering Division
PO Box 6829
7917 Hangar Loop Drive, Hangar #5
MacDill AFB, FL 33608-3045
(813) 828-3310 x3045
(813) 828-5061 Fax
Space Center Alternative:
Space Challenge Centers are located all over the USA and in Canada. The staff mentioned that
there are plans for centers in Europe too. Here is the link to find out more
about them and where the closest one to you is:
You need to have a min of 18 ( you need to have that many to man the stations
of mission control and the space shuttle) and a max of 34.
The centers are dedicated to the Space Shuttle Challenger and Krista
McAulliffe (the teacher) that exploded in January 1986. These centers are to
help continue Krista's mission of teaching students about space and science
The centers' program fulfills requirements for the Space Exploration
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