Assemb. Passes Resolution for Battleship

by Press Release--Battleship NJ | Feb 24, 2008
Assemb. Passes Resolution for Battleship The New Jersey State Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution urging the state board of education to recommend class trips by school districts to the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial to learn about the history of our nation’s most decorated battleship, berthed at the Camden Waterfront, NJ.

The resolution, sponsored by Assemblyman Jack Conners, D-Camden, further emphasizes the importance of the USS New Jersey and the role she played in defending our nation. Several years ago, classroom study of the Big J and her role in World War II became a mandated part of the state’s social studies curriculum in elementary and high schools.

“The presence of such an important relic of American history so close to home provides an invaluable opportunity that we hope many more school districts will take advantage of,” said Conners, chairman of the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

“A tour of the Battleship allows students to literally experience what life was like for the sailors and officers who called the USS New Jersey home over the years,” explained Troy Collins, President and CEO of the Battleship New Jersey. “In addition to guided tours, we have developed numerous lesson plans on history, science and mathematics.”

Collins added that the Battleship also offers on-board classroom facilities and several outreach educational programs that brings the ship to the classroom. Further, he added that for those schools further away from the ship, Distance Learning programs, utilizing onboard cameras, allow the ship’s educators and navy veterans to do a presentation and Question-and-Answer session with classrooms.

The Battleship offers guided tours of the ship for just $7 per student. Tours include grade-specific lesson plans and can be complimented with a Dietz and Watson “Rations” box lunch for an added price. Schools can also purchase hot or cold lunches from the ship’s Geedunk (a/k/a snack bar), or bring their own bagged lunch aboard. Combination tours, including the Fish N Ship Tour with Adventure Aquarium, the Ducks and Dragons Tour with Ride the Ducks, and the Ticket to Freedom Tour with the National Constitution Center are also available. For more details on the educational tours and programs, call 1-866-877-6262 ext. 145 or visit

Located on the Camden Waterfront across the river from Center City Philadelphia, the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial offers guided and self-guided tours. Throughout February, tours begin at 10 am with the last tour departing at 3 pm. In March, tours take place daily from 9:30 am to 3 pm. In addition to daytime tours, families and youth groups can spend the night aboard the Battleship as part of the overnight encampment program. Guests experience dinner and breakfast served from the chow line in the crew’s mess, a tour of the ship, a ride on the 4D flight simulator and the opportunity to sleep in the bunks that the crew of the USS New Jersey once did. Special event/meeting space is also available. For more information, call 856-966-1652 or visit

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