Scouting Programs

The Forest Preserve District offers a range of programs for Scouts designed to help them earn badges and better enjoy and appreciate the great outdoors.

How do I register for a program?
The program titles below link to separate pages with registration info, dates, run times, chaperone requirements and other details.

Is there somewhere we can picnic before or after our program?
DuPage County forest preserves have open grassy picnic areas with tables at no extra cost, and some offer shelters on a first-come, first-served basis. A few shelters can be reserved in advance for a fee either online 24/7 or through Visitor Services weekdays at 630-933-7248.

What if we have accessibility concerns?
The Forest Preserve District is committed to making its programs available to all groups. Please mention any accessibility needs or concerns when you reserve your program.

What if we’re interested in a volunteer service project?
For details on group projects or ways your Scouts can help out at special events, call Volunteer Services at 630-933-7233.

Which Scouting programs are available?
Girl Scout Badges
Brownie Bug
Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
$40 per program for five to eight Scouts ($5 each additional Scout up to 20)
Discover the amazing world of bugs as you learn how they help the environment, visit with live bugs, complete a craft and go on a bug hunt.

Brownie Hiker
Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
$40 per program for five to eight Scouts ($5 each additional Scout up to 20)
Learn how to prepare for a hike, and then take your new skills on a 1-mile trek, practicing observation skills to identify wildlife along the way.

Brownie Household Elf
Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
$40 per program for five to eight Scouts ($5 each additional Scout up to 20)
Learn the importance of having a clean, green home while conserving energy and natural resources. Get ideas for going green at home and discover how your actions at home affect the natural world around you.

Brownie Senses
Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
$40 per program for five to eight Scouts ($5 each additional Scout up to 20)
Experience a forest preserve using all five senses, and learn how animals use their senses to survive.

Junior Girl Scout Animal Habitat
Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
$40 per program for five to eight Scouts ($5 each additional Scout up to 20)
Discuss and observe local wildlife and their habitats, and learn how you can help and protect their communities.

Junior Girl Scout Camper
Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
$80 per program for five to eight Scouts ($5 each additional Scout up to 20)
Learn how to pack, pick a site and use “Leave No Trace” principles. Try tying knots, navigating with a map and compass or GPS, and building a fire. This program does not include overnight camping. Requirement 3 must be prearranged.

Junior Girl Scout Geocacher
Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
$80 per program for five to eight Scouts ($5 each additional Scout up to 20)
Learn how GPS units use satellite signals, craft a geocaching trade item, and take an outdoor geocaching treasure-hunt adventure.

Cub Scout Badges
Tiger Into the Wild
Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
$40 per program for five to eight Scouts ($5 each additional Scout up to 20)
Learn about hiking essentials and take a 1-mile hike, where you’ll learn about wildlife and plants you find along the way.

Wolf Paws on the Path
Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
$40 per program for five to eight Scouts ($5 each additional Scout up to 20)
Learn about hiking essentials and how to read a map, and then take a 1-mile hike, where you’ll learn about wildlife and plants you find along the way.

Bear Fur, Feather and Ferns
Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
$40 per program for five to eight Scouts ($5 each additional Scout up to 20)
Learn different ways to observe wildlife and identify signs animals leave behind on a 1-mile hike, and discover the importance of composting and gardens.

Bear A Bear Goes Fishing
Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4 (elective)
$40 per program for five to eight Scouts ($5 each additional Scout up to 20)
Learn about different types of fish and fishing equipment, and spend time fishing and practicing what you learned.

Webelos Walkabout
Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
$40 per program for five to eight Scouts ($5 each additional Scout up to 20)
Make a hiking plan and a mini first aid kit, and then learn about the plants and animals around you on a 3-mile hike.

Webelos Into the Wild
Requirements 4, 5, 6, 7a, 7b, 7c, 8, 9a (Arrow of Light elective)
$40 per program for five to eight Scouts ($5 each additional Scout up to 20)
Go “into the wild” to look for and learn about local wildlife as you unravel the mysteries of migration, play a part of the food chain, and discover the importance of water conservation.

Webelos Into the Woods
Requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (Arrow of Light elective)
$40 per program for five to eight Scouts ($5 each additional Scout up to 20)
On a short hike, discover why trees are important, how trees help the environment, and how you can identify native plants and animals. 

Boy Scout Badges
Click here for upcoming programs.

Eagle Scout Projects
The Forest Preserve District has a limited number of projects but will consider requests if staff, projects and locations are available. Prospective Eagle Scouts must independently call Volunteer Services at 630-933-7681.

Are there other options for Scouts? 

Programs
These programs are not strictly for Scouts but may satisfy badge requirements. Call the specific education center for details.

Danada Equestrian Center
630-668-6012
Danada Group Tour

Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center
630-850-8110
Geocaching Adventure 

Kline Creek Farm
630-876-5900
Alphabet of Agriculture
Architecture and Environmental Design
Barn Building
Busy as a Bee
Christmas on the Farm
Discovery Tour
Evolution of Agriculture
Farm Tour
Hands-On Hand Tools
Heritage Hunt
Local Lore
Maple Sugaring
My First Visit to the Farm
Taffy-Pulling Party

Mayslake Peabody Estate
630-206-9566
Architecture Adventures
Architecture and Environmental Design
Heritage Hunt
Letterboxing
Local Lore 

Willowbrook Wildlife Center
630-942-6200
Wildlife and You 

Self-Guided Compass Course at Blackwell Forest Preserve
Grades 4 – 6
Free
Help Scouts practice and sharpen navigation and math skills by using compasses to locate checkpoints with information about natural and cultural history. To reserve equipment (and get your free permit if your group has more than 25 people) call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248.

Self-Guided Orienteering Course at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve
Grades 4 – 12
Free
Explore natural areas while trying to locate checkpoints using maps and compasses to navigate a marked course. To reserve equipment (and get your free permit if your group has more than 25 people) call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248.

Educational Loan Boxes
Education loan boxes are great ways to introduce students to DuPage County’s natural and cultural history. Each contains suggested lessons and activity outlines, books, DVDs, and specimens for students to examine. Boxes are available for up to two weeks through Visitor Services at 630-933-7248. 

Amphibians and Reptiles                                        Mammals
Aquatic LifeOwls
BirdsPeople and Places from Illinois’ Past
ELL/ESL Nature DetectivesPollinators
FeathersPrairies
Field Trip Pack for Early Child EducatorsPrehistoric Life
FossilsSkulls
Insects and SpidersTracking
Invasive SpeciesWatersheds

 

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