Be sure your signed up for I-DAY PICNIC!

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  1. Maui1

    Maui1 Member

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    Everybody probably already knows but just incase it slipped by you, don't forget to sign up for the picnic on I-day. I believe the deadline is June 19th!
     
  2. simpse01

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    how do you sign up?
     
  3. Pachrian

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    Register at usna.com (free) and then you will be able to see the link.
     
  4. MJOmom

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    The picnic is $17 per person ... or for our family .... $65 for hot dogs and soda. Of course the social aspect is probably worth tons more than that ...

    if anyone has been to one of these (or chosen not to) please give pros/cons/alternatives ...

    thx
     
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  5. popeyesmom

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    $85 here.....I am weighing my options.....there is also a "grab and go" tent outside Dahlgren Hall......what to do, what to do.
     
  6. justamom

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    trouble signing up online

    Is anyone having trouble signing up for the picnic online. I have registered at navy.com but it keeps sending me back to register everytime I click to sign up for he picnic. Has anyone had any success?
     
  7. USNAhopeful24

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    Yea Same here with signing up. I have made two accounts. I am very unsure of what to do.
     
  8. popeyesmom

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    It takes 24 hours for your registration on the site to take effect. Should be good to go tomorrow.
     
  9. HuskiesMama

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    It was expensive but worth it to us--and we're penny pinchers.

    Right on the yard. Big tent full of things to sign up for, free giveaways (I'd have paid the $65 for the big bag that says "Proud Parent of a Naval Academy Midshipman Class of 2012" on it....has their class list on the side of it. It's a huge bag--I use it for all USNA events, as well as a bag on almost every trip we go on nowadays.)

    Chance to meet other families.

    It's the only Plebe Picnic there is. You only do it once.

    I vote yes.
     
  10. justamom

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    Sounds like it's worth it. It's been over 48 hrs since I registered but I still can't sign up online for the picnic. Tomorrow's the deadline. I'll try to find a phone # to call.
     
  11. Capt MJ

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    Bag Gouge (scoop, skinny, info, intel)

    The tote bag with all the Class names on it should be available in the Mid Store, don't know the price. Ditto for the t-shirt with all the Class names on it. A Plebe Parent must-have!

    A Proud Parent tote bag, no class names, is complimentarily provided by a corporate sponsor of the Plebe Picnic, through a long-standing relationship with the Alumni Assn. The same association provides those bags at all 5 Service Academies on I-Day, R-Day, Acceptance Day, etc., a years-long tradition. You do not have to register for the picnic to get the bag.

    The picnic is a nice option, a chance to sit down in the shade after going through the chow line. Families driving in often bring their own lawn chairs and park the grandparents under the trees. Alternately, many folks bring coolers with their own drinks, or buy to go bags from The Big Cheese Deli on Randall St. outside Gate 1, always named #1 sandwich in Annapolis... The Drydock Snack Bar in Dahlgren Hall will be jammed, with long lines and waits for a place to sit down.

    In past years, the big tent has been on Worden Field, the parade ground just across from Alumni Hall where you will watch your D/S/D disappear. I assume it will be the same this year. Nothing to do then but wander around, shop, pick and choose among scheduled events, shop some more, eat and relax until the last hugs and the Oath of Acceptance.

    It's always a great day in Annapolis, with the town thronged with proud but anxious family, a young man or woman smiling but with some tension around the eyes, and those Proud Parent bags, t-shirts, Proud [insert family member] t-shirts and polos saturating the town.
     
  12. HuskiesMama

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    Good description, Capt MJ! Can't believe it's been a year.

    Feels like yesterday....almost feels like a lifetime ago. Weird.
     
  13. Capt MJ

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    So you're a Youngster Mom now? Great... :thumb:
     
  14. MJOmom

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    Are you saying the bag was free if you attended the picnic?
     
  15. Capt MJ

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    Pls see my post above. There are any number of USNA-related tote bags seen around the Yard. The one with the Class names is usually available at the Mid Store, for x dollars. A Proud Parent one is given out for free at the Worden Field tent, but no I-Day picnic registration is required. This PP bag is not provided by the Alumni Assn, but a corporate sponsor. I think the registration gives you some kind of sticker so you can get in the chow line. Sorry if I confused the issue.
     
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  16. firemanvin

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    So, is it safe to say that you can still participate in all other aspects of the picnic without registering and paying for the food? Since my son has to be in for 9AM, I figure we will drop him off, leave, go back to the hotel /eat lunch near the mall, and come back to the yard a bit after lunch time. Presumably, we can still mull around the picnic area, participate in the other stuff, and wait until swearing in at 6PM.

    Is this a valid assumtion, or is the picnic a closed event?
     
  17. MJOmom

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    Thanks Capt MJ ... for the clarification It is all so much to take in ...
     
  18. Capt MJ

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    Yes, valid assumption. Registration for the picnic has in the past gained you a sticker which allows you in the chow line inside the tent. Many people come inside the tent to visit exhibitor tables without getting in the chow line. Plenty of tables and chairs in and out of the tent. Hot and exhausted parents and family are sprawled everywhere, clutching the signature clear USNA Mid Store shopping bags...

    People do go back and forth, but a word of warning. Once you give up your parking place on the Yard (I don't know much about the whole parking pass routine for parents since I have a DOD ID card and auto stickers) or in the parking garage in town, count it gone or else hard to find another without some driving around. I work downtown and ensure I'm in the garage by 6:45 that AM, and I have a reserved parking pass! During I-Day and Commissioning Week, since they compete with people who work downtown and tourist season, parking is a challenge requiring plenty of lead time and patience. Street parking is marked for various hours, and the City of Annapolis rakes in parking fines during these times if you don't read the signs carefully in the historic district.

    Experienced parents please advise on parking and general flow of the day!
     
  19. popeyesmom

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    From what we've been told, it is best to park at Navy Marine Corps stadium and take the shuttle over. There will be 3 or 4 busses running continuously after Oath of Office. Parents will not have access to the Yard parking until after I-Day unless you have Dept. of Defense (DoD) ID card and auto stickers. Busses will drop off at Alumni Hall and Midshipman Store parking lot.
     
  20. Capt MJ

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    A prospective plebe can still be dropped off at Gate 1, at the corner of Randall St. and King George. He/she can hoof it with gear over to Alumni Hall, but it's a fair hike, 10 minutes or so. He/she's got 4 years to hoof it over the hot and unforgiving bricks on the Yard.
     

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