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Due to COVID-19 safe distancing policies the Christmas Ship Sleepover is cancelled for 2021.

Chicago's Christmas Ship Sleepover 


Sea Scout Ship 5111 proudly hosts the ​2019 Christmas Ship Sleepover​, Friday Night, December 6th. This event coincides with Chicago’s Christmas Ship ​(a separate, but  companion event).​


Christmas trees purchased by Chicago’s Christmas Ship​, are brought to Chicago by the US Coast Guard Cutter  Mackinaw​. The trees are off-loaded by area youth and Scouting groups and  distributed to Chicago families in need.  Local Scouting groups ​(BSA & GSA)​ have  been a part of this tradition for years.  Many of these groups gather for the Friday  night Sleepover at the​ Abegweit,​ Clubship of the Columbia Yacht Club. We  welcome old and new participants. The event is open to all area Scouting Groups  (BSA & GSA)​, high school age and above, operating in accordance with BSA  Venturing Youth Protection Guidelines. Join us for a good time and a great  cause! 

Arrive at Columbia Yacht Club after 6:00 pm Friday evening, December 6th.
Park at DuSable Harbor Parking Lot. Gate code to be provided. Friday eveningmeal (pasta & salad) and entertainment are provided. Please bring:

  • a snack or dessert to share

  • a canned food item per person for Greater Chicago Food Depository

  • small overnight bag

  • sleeping bag

  • work gloves

  • refillable water bottle

Breakfast (pancakes, meat, pastry, juice & coffee) Saturday morning is provided, followed by a flag ceremony.
Participants registered to off-load trees walk to Navy Pier.

Scouting Units must register directly with Chicago’s Christmas Ship for off-loading trees.

Come back to the Columbia Yacht Club after off-loading, collect overnight gearand enjoy an optional hot dog lunch before heading
home. Unit must register for lunch. The Coast Guard usually provides guided tours to the USCGC Mackinaw after lunch on Saturday.

Check with the Coast Guard directly for tour details.

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Sea Scout Sleepover & Christmas Ship off-load registration is simple as 1, 2, 3

Register and pay for your unit below . Event limited to 250 participants.

  • $25 fee per person includes Friday night meal & entertainment, Saturday breakfast and lunch.

  • Each unit required to provide adult & Scout volunteers in meal service.

  • Persons with food allergies & dietary restrictions to provide own meals as Ship 5111 cannot accommodate.

  • Coed Scouting units must have male and female leadership.

  • Unit leaders responsible for their youth conduct. Failure to adhere to rules will result in being asked to leave.


Register unit to off-load Christmas trees at


Receive Sea Scout sleepover confirmation of registration & agenda.


Please direct all inquiries to Sharon Lyons, Event Chair,

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