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2013 Pack Away Trip: Sleeping with the Sharks!

Posted on Wed, Jan 16, 2013

Space is limited - Registration Deadline is Feb. 28th!

Brace yourself for an exciting adventure, as Pack 459 takes over the Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg, Tennessee for our 2013 Pack Away trip.

What's a Pack Away Trip? 

Our annual Pack Away trip is an optional trip provided for our Scout families, which is typically to a destination within a 6 hour drive of the Atlanta area. Each year, we choose a different location to provide a fun, active and possibly educational adventure trip.

Sleeping with the Sharks - Pack Away 2013

Beginning at 8:00pm on Saturday, March 16th, we will take part in the "Sleeping with the Sharks" program, which includes an orientation, arts & craft activity (fish printing with fabric paint on white t-shirts or pillowcases that you bring), a pizza snack and a late-night scavenger hunt around the aquarium. Late on Saturday night, we'll set up our sleeping bags in the Shark Tunnel -- a clear plexiglass tunnel running directly through the shark tank, where we can watch them swim all around us as we (try to) fall asleep. An early morning wake-up call (7:00AM) will signal time for us to stow our gear and head to breakfast in the Feeding Frenzy cafeteria. The program ends at 9:00AM, although we have the option to remain in the aquarium as long as desired. (Aquarium admission is included with your program fee.)

The fee for this program is $50.00 per person (same price for adults and children). All Cub Scouts must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Webelos scouts may attend without parents, but must be under the supervision of two-deep Patrol leadership. Siblings and families are welcome to attend. (Webelos II Scouts who have crossed over may attend on a space-available basis.)

SPACE IS LIMITED. Reservations will be made in the order that completed registrations, with full payment, are received. Medical Forms must be on file in advance for EVERY PARTICIPANT. Nobody will be admitted to the program without a completed BSA Medical Form.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 28th (or when program is sold out, whichever comes first)

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS: There are many other family attractions in the Gatlinburg area (as well as nearby Sevierville and Pigeon Forge) that you may wish to enjoy before and/or after the aquarium program. We have negotiated discout rates for families who wish to visit the following area attractions (passes will be honored Saturday or Sunday of the Pack Away weekend):

  • Ripley's Believe it or not Museum - $8
  • Ripley's 4D Movie Motion Ride - $8 (riders must be 40" tall)
  • Ripley's Magic Mirror Maze - $5
  • Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini Golf - $5 (outdoors)

A discounted hotel block is being negotiated for families who wish to arrive on Friday, and/or those who may need a hotel for some family members while others participate in the Shark program.

See the attached flyer for complete details. Complete and return the attached registration form to secure your reservation for this awesome program! We look forward to being with you for "Sleeping with the Sharks!"

Questions? Contact Mike Siegel - 770.402.3100, or


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