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Spring 2020 Planning Guide

Boardwalk Overnights Scouts

We are super excited for the upcoming Scouts Overnight here at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk!

Please review the following information before you head off to your fun overnight event.


*times and events subject to change

5pm-10pm Check-in at Entrance B/Sunroom (Located next to Neptune's Kingdom)
5pm-7:45pm Arcade Free Play in the Casino Arcade (Includes Laser Tag- excludes redemption games)
5pm-7:30pm Bounce House (Located in Bay View Room overnight sleeping area)
6pm-7:30pm Dinner at the Aloha Terrace
7:45pm-8:15pm Evening Program
8:15pm-10:15pm Evening Movie
10:45 PM Lights Out
7am-8:30am Pack up sleeping areas
7:30am-8:30am Breakfast at the Aloha Terrace (coffee available at 7am)
7:30am-9am Sand Sculpture Sign-ups
8:30am-10am Sand Sculpture Contest
8:30am-10:30am Arcade Free Play in the Casino Arcade (Includes Laser Tag- excludes redemption games)
10am-10:20am Sand Sculpture Judging
10:30 AM Sand Sculpture Winners Announced
12:00 PM Park Opens!

What to do before arriving

  • Register everyone in attendance, adult chaperones, scouts, friends and siblings.
  • Everyone in attendance must submit online authorization form.
  • Bring registration and confirmation email.

Recommended Packing list

  • Hand cart or wagon (to help transport items to sleeping area)
  • Sleeping pad/mattress
  • Sleeping bag
  • Blanket
  • Pillow
  • Warm jacket
  • Flashlight
  • Toiletries
  • Earplugs
  • Snacks & bottled water
  • Change of clothes for Saturday
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra spending money for souvenirs and lunch on Saturday
  • NO TENTS allowed


  • Parking is free for registered attendees on Friday and Saturday.
  • Main Lot across from event entrance, you will pull a ticket. Please take ticket to event check-in table to be validated. Tickets cannot be validated after 10:30am Saturday morning.
  • Security will patrol the parking lot for the overnight parking.
  • No ins and outs. Once you leave Saturday, standard parking rates will apply.


  • Check-in will be located at the Entrance B/Sunroom (located next to Neptune’s Kingdom). Check-in will be open at 5pm and will be staffed by a Boardwalk representative until 10pm.
  • An information table will be staffed by a Boardwalk representative Saturday morning from 7:30am-10:30am at breakfast.
  • When checking in, you will receive your patch, event wristband and any additional items you have pre-purchased including T-shirts and lunch packages.
  • Limited availability of T-shirts available to purchase at check-in.
  • You can check-in as a group or individually. Once you enter event, you may set up inside the Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove. There are no assigned sleeping locations.
  • The event wristband you receive at check-in will allow you access to the exclusive event areas on Friday evening and Saturday morning. The wristband will also be your All-Day Rides Wristband for the rides on Saturday.
  • If anyone in your group needs to leave early once checked in, please see Boardwalk representative at the check-in table or information table. If you need to leave once the check-in table is closed, please see Boardwalk Security.


  • Dinner is included with registration for Friday evening on the Aloha Terrace near the Casino Arcade.
  • Dinner Menu (subject to change without notice): Chicken strips, pasta with marinara, baked beans, fruit salad, carrots, celery, fountain drinks and water.
    • *Vegetarian & gluten-free dinner entrees available upon request of Boardwalk dinner staff.
  • Breakfast is included with registration for Saturday morning and will be served on the Aloha Terrace near the Casino Arcade.
  • Breakfast Menu (subject to change without notice): Scrambled eggs, scrambled eggs with bacon, bagels, oatmeal, yogurt, bananas, coffee, hot cocoa, orange juice and water.
  • You are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages and water bottles.

Sand Sculpture Competition

  • Sand sculpture competition location will be announced when signing up.
  • All contestants must be registered for the overnight event.
  • Parents/chaperones are responsible for the minor’s safety on the beach and along the water line. There will be no lifeguard on duty. 
  • Have fun and be safe! 
  • Judges will be judging based on the following:
    • Originality/creativity- up to 10 points
    • Attention to detail- up to 5 points
    • Artistic impression- up to 5 points
  • Prizes will be awarded for each of the team categories placing in 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Lights out Etiquette 

  • Lights will begin to be shut off around 10:45pm and may take about 15-20 minutes. 
  • Please be respectful of fellow camper’s and keep conversations to a whisper. 

Safety Guidelines & Requirements

  • Adult Chaperone: All participants under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. One adult chaperone, over the age of 18 years, is required for every group of 5 minors.
  • Authorization forms: Each attendee must submit a completed authorization form in advance by their legal guardian. Adults 18 and over must submit one for themselves. 
  • Suspicious Behavior: While uniformed Boardwalk Security will keep the event area secure, each attendee is under the responsibility of their adult chaperone at event. Any behavior the Boardwalk staff and security deem inappropriate (drugs, drinking, graffiti, etc.) will result in immediate removal from the event without a refund. 
  • Overnight Security: There will be uniformed Boardwalk Security on-site throughout the event. The Boardwalk Security will be in touch with The City of Santa Cruz Police Department and Fire Department. If you have anything suspicious to report, please communicate with the Boardwalk Security. 
  • First Aid: All Boardwalk Security officers are trained in First Aid and CPR. If there is a need for First Aid, please inform Boardwalk Security. When the park opens on Saturday at 11am, you may go to the First Aid office located inside the Guest Services office next to the Haunted Castle. 
  • Alcohol: This event is alcohol-free. 
  • Fires: No campfires are allowed during this event. Any violation will result in immediate removal from event. 
  • Restrooms: Restrooms are located inside the sleeping areas throughout the Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove and will remain open throughout the night. There are no showers available. 
  • Event Boundaries: No attendees will be allowed outside of the designated event areas unattended (parking lots, beach, etc.) after they have checked in. 
  • Encountering Trespassers: If at any time you see/suspect a trespasser who is not part of the event enter the event area, please report immediately to a Boardwalk Security Officer. Please do not attempt to contact them yourself. 
  • Rides: Under no circumstances will anyone be allowed to be on or in the ride areas until the park opens on Saturday at 11am. If any attendees are found playing on or around rides throughout the evening and prior to rides opening, it may be cause for immediate removal from event without a refund. All event attendees must adhere to The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk rules/regulations including ride height requirements. 
  • After 11am on Saturday: On Saturday at 11am when the park opens, the event concludes. You will have access to rides with your event wristband and remain under the supervision of your chaperone.

Refunds & Cancellations

  • Sorry all registration sales are final
  • If you are unable to enjoy the rides on Saturday and need to depart early, you may exchange your event wristband prior to 10:30am at the event information table in exchange for a ride voucher for another visit.

Email us at [email protected] or call (831)460‑3342

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