BSA 2013 Convention — May 4-7 — Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Tours & Activities

Daufuskie Tour | Dolphin Eco Tour | Kayaking | Paddleboarding | Bunco | Shopping Excursion | Bike Tour| Spa Event| Walking Food Tour| Hero Pack Assembly| Savannah Tour| Sailing Tour

Please register in advance!

The 2013 Convention Planning Committee has planned several different activities and scheduled tours that will satisfy every member in your family.

Because these tours are always more fun with friends, we’re also providing this link to the BSA's Electronic Directory, so you can readily connect with other BSA friends as you make your plans.

A username and password for spouses/companions has been made available via e-mail for access to the BSA Electronic Directory. Please e-mail Jean Stone for the username and password.

Daufuskie Tour

Saturday, May 4, 2013
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Departs from the hotel lobby, meet at 11:45 am
$125.00/per person

Daufuskie Island offers a glimpse of what other sea islands were like before bridges and causeways opened them to development. Most native residents of Daufuskie Island are decendants of freed slaves, who have made their living oystering and fishing for decades. The subject of Pat Conroy's novel, The Water Is Wide, Daufuskie Island has a timeless quality and is still accessible only by boat.

Join us for a group tour of the ‘undeveloped side’ of Daufuskie with our interpretive guides and USCG Licensed Captains. We'll begin with a boat cruise down Broad Creek, through the backwater marshes, and across the Calibogue Sound to Daufuskie, just as Daufuskie residents have for generations. We'll visit several one-of-a-kind places: the First Union African Baptist Church, the Praise house, the Mary Field’s School where author Pat Conroy taught, the site of the Bloody Point Lighthouse, and several artisans' studios.
Includes: boat ride, all of the stops on the tour, USCG licensed Captain and Interpretive Historian, and a light refreshment and snack.

Dolphin Eco Tour

Saturday, May 4, 2013 OR Monday, May 6, 2013
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Departs from the hotel lobby, meet at 12:45 pm
$60.00/per person

Join us for a 2-hour power boat tour through the Low Country water watching for birds and dolphin in the salt marsh ecosystem. Cruise from Shelter Cove Marina down Broad Creek and into the Calibogue Sound where you’ll see the beautiful Harbor Town Lighthouse. The boats are stable, comfortable and small enough to have close-up encounters with the great variety of wildlife. If time allows the captain may also throw a cast net along the banks of the marsh and display the shrimp and small fish that might be caught. Includes: boat ride with a USCG licensed Captain and naturalist.


Saturday, May 4, 2013 OR Tuesday, May 7, 2013
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Departs from the hotel lobby, meet at 12:45 p.m.

From the Shelter Cove Marina, you will begin your exploration of the waters of beautiful Broad Creek. This area boasts an abundance of bird life and other creatures. One of the most scenic bodies of water in the area - right in the middle of Hilton Head! Includes: single or double kayak and interpretive guide.


Intro to Paddleboarding

Saturday, May 4, 2013 OR Tuesday, May 7, 2013
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Departs from hotel lobby, meet at 12:45 p.m.

Come out and enjoy the sport of Hawaiian Kings and hip celebrities. Our instructors are ready to help you enjoy the fun, fitness and beauty of the fastest growing watersport in the world! Our introductory program will familiarize you with equipment, safety and paddle strokes. After an introductory clinic and skill improvement drills, you will have the chance to compete in our fun and wacky river SUP relay. FUN FUN FUN !!! Includes: All necessary equipment, all staffing, instruction, program design and transportation to the marina.

Morning Bunco for Spouses

Sunday, May 5, 2013
Pool Terrace

8:30 am - 10:00 am
$25.00/per person

Spouses are invited to enjoy a morning of Bunco. Bunco is a social dice game involving 100% luck and no skill (there are no decisions to be made), scoring and a simple set of rules. Our hostesses for this fun morning event will be Cindy Smidler and Laura Henson. A light continental breakfast will be served and the concierge will stop by at 8:30am to answer any questions on the area. Please bring $5.00 in cash for prizes.

Afternoon Shopping Excursion

Sunday, May 5, 2013
Meet at the hotel lobby

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hilton Head and Bluffton offers some of the best shopping in South Carolina with a variety of unique boutiques and some of the nation's most recognized retail chains. Please meet in the hotel lobby and drive your fellow BSA spouses around Hilton Head. Choose between the Tanger Outlets, Village at Wexford and Harbour Town. Please let us know if you will have a car and will be able to drive on the registration form.

Bike Tour

Sunday, May 5, 2013 OR Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Departs from the hotel lobby, meet at 12:45 p.m.
:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$60.00/per person

Hilton Head Island is a bicyclist paradise. This interpretive tour will take a loop route that will mix paved bike paths, back roads and beach cruising all at an easy pace on flat elevation. Your interpretive guide will lead you to significant historic sites, fantastic nature based vistas, woodlands, wetlands and the beach. Simply a great day on Hilton Head. Includes: All-purpose cruising bike, bike helmet, bottled water and guide.

Spa Event for Spouses

Monday, May 6, 2013
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Take time out for yourself during your stay at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa and visit our Heavenly Spa by Westin. Celebrating the revitalizing benefits of the region's herbs, minerals, and customs, the spa invites the spouses to experience innovative treatments that soothe the spirit, rejuvenate the body, and enrich the mind. With soothing massages, luxurious body treatments, revitalizing facials, and much more, the spa is dedicated to providing distinctive and highly personalized service that brings harmony and peace. Make an appointment today and receive a special BSA 10% discount off any individual spa treatments (this does not include the spa packages). Please call the spa directly at (843)681-1019, by April 4th, to book an appointment. Please mention that you are with BSA. Click here for the spa treatments. Be sure to book your appointment early as space is limited and is not guarantee after April 4, 2013.

Savor LowCountry Walking Food Tour

Monday, May 6, 2013
Departs from the hotel lobby, meet at 1:00 p.m.
:15 pm - 5:30 pm
$65.00/per person

Take an afternoon walking tour of Hilton Head's hottest dining spots. On our private tour, you will visit five restaurants in the Coligny Beach district.  They are Daniel's, Bomboras Grille, Vine, Market Street Cafe, and Sweet Carolina Cupcakes.  In the event that one of these restaurants cannot participate, the alternate dining spot is It's Greek to Me. Meet the chefs and restauranteurs and sample their best culinary creations. Learn fun facts about the island's flavorful history along the way. The tour includes round trip transportation from the hotel to the Coligny Beach district. The walking tour begins at 2:00 pm and please come hungry. Please click here to see what other people are saying about the tour.


Hero Packs Assembly: Helping our Military Families

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Meeting Room
:00 am - 11:00 am
$20.00/per person

Hero Packs are a way for community groups to give military kids a big thank you for all they do and recognize these kids as heroes too.  Hero packs are stuffed with goodies by communities groups along with a letter of thanks and then given to military youth before a loved one is deployed. The goals of HERO Packs are to provide fun items for children of deployed servicemen/women, and provide items to help those children communicate with that deployed parent. Please take part of this event and help your fellow BSA spouses/companions stuff these backpacks for these brave children.

The $20.00 is a donation recommended to cover the costs of supplies for the backpacks.

Historic Savannah Tour with Lunch

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Departs from the hotel lobby, meet at 11:15 a.m.
:30 am - 5:30 pm
$125.00/per person

Transportation to the Historic District of Savannah where we will board a private trolley to tour of Savannah highlighting the historic and architectural treasures found in the Historic District! After the tour, there will be a lunch buffet at Paula Deen’s original restaurant, The Lady and Son’s. The lunch buffet will include the chef’s favorite Southern dishes and will include such items as fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, baked ham, and so much more! Includes: tranportation, private trolley tour, lunch and taxes.

Sailing Tour

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Departs from the hotel lobby, meet at 12:45 p.m.
:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$88.00/per person

The Flying Circus, a private 30' catamaran offers an intimate up close encounter with the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin in the Broad Creek and area waterways.  This is a two-hour activity to enjoy the fresh air and salt marsh! Includes transportation to/from the Palmetto Bay Marina/Hotel, private 6 passenger catamaran with captain. Please note this sailing tour is limit to 6 passengers per catamaran.

Note: All leisure activities have a minimum participation requirement and are subject to cancellation. If a cancellation occurs, a full refund will be provided for that activity. Full refunds cannot be guaranteed for cancellations received after April 4th and on-site registration will be on a space-available basis only.

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