On Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Pirate Ship at BSA Camp Sam Hatcher near Newport, NC was dedicated. The ship was built through funding from the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament.
BSA president stated, “The pirate ship will be the focal point for future activities at Camp Sam Hatcher. We appreciate the Big Rock charity committee partnering with us to make this new facility available to all youth in eastern North Carolina and especially Carteret and neighboring counties.” Tommy Bennett ,chairman of the Big Rock Charity Committee said, “The Big Rock Charity Committee was attracted to this project because it will affect the lives of so many youth in eastern north Carolina and the Scouts willingness to share in the cost of the project.” The Big Rock Charity Committee committed $75,000 to building the pirate ship and the East Carolina Council, BSA matched the gift from their capital projects fund. The ship has three rooms on the first floor and one on the second floor that can be used for unit programming. The ship has a third story where Scouts can look out over the Croatan Forest and Coastal Land Trust properties. The Boy Scouts also upgraded a bathroom and shower facility on the property to be more family friendly.
Scout Executive Ray Franks stated, “Cub Scout Packs are camping more and more and this pirate ship will greatly improve the programs for packs while on outings at Camp Sam Hatcher.” He also noted the ship was available to non Scouting families for use as well as churches and other youth groups by calling the Perry Family Scout Service Center at 252-522-12521.