Please check this website or with Mike (email@example.com) every few months if you have a reservation in case of updates. Familiarize yourself with at least the basics and set aside at least a half hour to an hour to understand the information on this site during the early reservation process. Feel free to contact Mike with any questions or changes. More communication now leads to less confusion later!
While the Wisconsin Maritime Museum prides itself on having the nations most accurately restored WWII submarine, the Museum puts safety First. In order to accommodate having a safe and fun program will be instating this $5 increase ($39 program fee increased to $44) effective 12/8/11 for all new bookings. The Program Fee applies to all Overnight Participants, both youth and adult. Groups that have already sent a deposit as of 12/8/11, we will honor the $39 Program fee that you signed up for. Check with Mike to see how this affects your group.
Program fees help us maintain a safe learning environment for all visitors. Projects that have been completed in 2012 include: underwater hull inspection, painting of the Conning tower exterior, and improved entry and exit lighting.
Please check out some of our Overnight preparation documents. You must have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
Check out the Parent's page and send the parents in you group a link to this page as your Overnight gets closer. Parent's page
For a brief description of the overnight, check out the main Overnight page.
Review our real-time Overnight Availability Calender and discuss with your group what night would work best. Please have a main date and a secondary date ready just in case along with your estimated number of participants..
Contact Mike Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (920)684-0218 x 106 or toll-free at 1-866-724-2356 x 106 to confirm your date and reserve it for you. Mike will need a list of information to do this:
1. Group Name and city your group is based out of
2. Number of participants and age range of youth
3. Your contact information (Phone number, mailing address, and e-mail address)
PLEASE be respectful of the other people that would like to enjoy our Overnight program. Do not reserve for 65 or so people a year in advance, and then with only a month to go, change your reservation to 15 or so people. Not only does this disrupt the planning by the Museum, it also prevents other groups from sharing this experience.
Fill out the Reply Form and send it to Mike with the $200 deposit (credit card or check) within two weeks after making your reservation for the night. This deposit will be put towards you final payment. (Click here for a Microsoft Word fillable version of the Reply Form) If the Reply Form and deposit are not received within the two weeks, the Museum may reopen the night for a different group! The amount of participants that you register with at this point is what you are financially responsible for. If you wish to change this number without being penalized, you must confirm with Mike any attendance changes before 30 days before your Overnight, in writing.
You MUST have your final count in by this date. What ever number of people we have you marked down for is what your group is financially responsible for. If you are unsure, please check with Mike to ensure you have the proper count. If you come with less than this number, you must still pay for the full group due to the popularity of the programs. There are no refunds.
A good way to help prevent paying for unfilled spots is to have a preliminary roster started. Click this sample roster would be a good start if you do not have something started already.
BSA Groups: Please get Mike a copy of your BSA Approved Tour Plan and Certificate of Liability Insurance provided by your council (some councils give full or partial coverage to their groups, check with Mike to see if your Council already has insurance on file with us to save you some work). The BSA Tour Plan can be found in the Tour Plan FAQ from the www.scouting.org site.
Non-BSA groups need to fill out a Letter of Acknowledgement and have proof of, or obtain a Certificate of Liability Insurance.
If you are not covered under an insurance plan, you can purchase a one night plan through Ansay and Associates at (920)682-8205, ask for Marissa.
Please have a typed roster and a list of your Activity Choices sent to Mike. If you plan on ordering Dog Tags or Cobia Blankets for the that night, the order form MUST be in two weeks before to ensure that we have them in by that night.
For Friday's in March through May of 2013, the Museum is offering an 11th possible activity to do during the overnight activity rotation:
ALIEN SPECIES: What alien species lurk in the waters of Lake Michigan, how do they connect to the USS Cobia, and what can you do about them? Enjoy a look at specimens of invasive creatures and learn about the Lake Michigan ecosystem on board the submarine with Hans Bremer of Wisconsin Sea Grant.
Send the link of our Parent's Page to all families so they are prepared to arrive as well.
Overnight group's are not allowed into the Museum until the Overnight, the included viewing of the Museum galleries is ONLY for the following morning.
Leaders enter the USS COBIA CREWS PASSAGE door at the base of the right/west ramp near the main doors at 7:25 PM. Please have Waivers signed by ALL attending youth AND attending adults, families may sign on the same form (unless you enjoy standing around for a half hour holding up the program while you try to find people, please have the Waivers signed and collected BEFORE you arrive, arranged in order with the Step 5 roster). Medical forms should be filled out for any situations that the Overnight Staff should be made aware of to plan accordingly for the overnight. A check is the best method of payment upon arrival for your remaining balance. Please make sure that the check is filled out to the proper amount, if you are unsure, bring a blank one and check with the staff that night or confirm with Mike (remember: your $200 deposit is applied to your payment and there are no refunds for overfilled checks).
Feel free to e-mail your completed forms to Mike Johnson for your file or fax them: 920-684-0219 (Mike Johnson)
Are you a USS Cobia Overnight Program veteran?
Now you can prove it with a personalized dog tag, Cobia blanket, or a collectible embroidered patch!
Please see Overnight Souvenirs for more details.