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Scout Sundays

Scouts, are you working on some badges? Come on out to McCloud Nature Park for Scout Sundays and let us help you have fun, learn new things, and earn those badges! 

Scout Sundays feature activities that are open to everyone (scouts and non-scouts). Take time to explore the world around us with our naturalists and work on badges at the same time. Your child can enjoy a specially designed program that focuses on a new skill each month. 

Our programs may not be able to fulfill a badge requirement for every scout level, but all participants will receive a special Hendricks County Parks Nature Challenge badge for each Scout Sunday they attendAll children who wish to participate must pre-register for the program.  As we all know, Scouts come prepared! Remember to dress for the weather because you never know where adventure will take you. 

All registered attendees will earn a special Hendricks County Parks Nature Challenge badge for each Scout Sunday they attend! 

Scout Sunday programs begin promptly at 1 p.m. and last about 3 hours. Scouts must check in between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m. 

Fee: $10 per attendee; chaperones are free. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.


BSA Mammal Study Merit Badge Workshop

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020 at 1 p.m.

It has hair, it’s warm-blooded, it’s a mammal! We’re not just talking about humans, we’re talking about all of those other mammals out there. Mammals are truly one of a kind. Join our Assistant Park Naturalist, who is a certified BSA merit badge counselor, to learn how the animal kingdom is classified, as well as to get the chance to make an animal tracking pit and see what you catch. Dress for the weather, as this entire program is held outdoors. 

THIS WORKSHOP COVERS: Merit badge requirements #1, 2, 4d, and 5. 

PREPARE IN ADVANCE: Merit badge requirement #3. More details about how to be prepared for this workshop are available during registration. 

Recommended for grades 8-12. 

Advance registration required by Sept. 2 by clicking here.


BSA Plant Science Merit Badge Workshop

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 at 1 p.m.

A variety of trees grow at McCloud Nature Park, and we will be learning about all of them! We will conduct a tree inventory and look at environmental factors that influence how trees and other plants grow. Join our Park Naturalist, who is a certified BSAmerit badge counselor, to learn plant identification using field guides and dichotomous keys. Dress for the weather, as this entire program is held outdoors. 

THIS WORKSHOP COVERS: Merit badge requirement #6 (aside from the plants that grow near your home) and Field Botany Option #A-D and F (tree inventory). 

PREPARE IN ADVANCE: Merit badge requirements 1-5, 6 (the plants that grown near your home), 7, and Field Botany Option #E. More details about how to be prepared for this workshop are available during registration. 

Recommended for grades 8-12. 


On the Trail

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 at 1 p.m.

Ready for a hiking adventure? If you can avoid trailside trouble, you’re bound to spot a bounty of trailside treasures! We’ll play a poisonous plant game, practice our animal identification skills, and find out how well we can see through camouflage. You’ll also work with a buddy or two to solve clues to track down hidden items on a map-and-compass “treasure” hunt.  

Hiking terrain info: moderate to difficult; crushed stone and natural surfaces; up to 3 miles. 

This program helps fulfill some of the requirements for:  Trail Adventure, Hiker, and Letterboxer (Brownies); Trail Adventure (Juniors); Fur, Feathers and Ferns (Bears); Walkabout, Into the Wild, Into the Woods (Webelos). 

Recommended for grades 3-5.  


Eagle Scout Projects

Life Scouts! Are you looking for a service project opportunity for your Eagle Scout requirements?

We have plenty of options available for service projects at McCloud Nature Park and the western portion of the Vandalia Trail.

If you are interested in discussing potential Eagle Scout service projects with our Park Naturalist, please contact Sarah Wolf at volunteer@hcparks.net.