Scout Programs

Looking for a day of fun with your troop or den? Look no further! Hendricks County Parks Naturalists are leading exciting activities and team-building challenges aimed at helping fulfill badge requirements and journey sessions for your scouts!

Scout Sundays

NEW! Our Park Naturalist is now a certified BSA merit badge counselor!

“Scout Sundays” will feature scheduled activities that will be open to both boys and girls. Although each month will have a theme with a target scout level, children do not have to be any specific level of scout to register. Tagalongs must register if they wish to participate in activities. Children who are not Scouts may also register.

Although every program cannot fulfill a badge requirement for every Scout level, all attendees will earn special recognition for attending, and will receive a special McCloud Nature Challenge badge for each Scout Sunday they attend!  Scouts and chaperones should keep track of the activities that are fulfilled toward badge requirements.

All Scout Sunday programs begin promptly at 1:00pm. Scouts must check-in between 12:30-12:45pm. The Nature Center closes at 5:00pm.



Forest Plants

Sunday, April 30, 1-4 p.m. at McCloud Nature Park

Scouts-turned-botanists will scour the trails for the surest sign of spring — blooming wildflowers! Scouts will identify various native species, recording their personal observations on the unique features and habitat requirements of each one. Scouts will then plant seeds to care for at home. Be prepared to get your hands (and clothes) dirty!

Helps fulfill requirements for: Juniors Flowers, Juniors Gardener, and Webelos Into the Woods

Recommended Attendee Grade Level: 4-5

Click here to register by April 28.

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, Sodalis 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

Scout Overnighters

We invite Scouts and their chaperones out to McCloud Nature Park to pitch their tents and spend the night at the park in early autumn!

Since we normally don’t allow overnight camping at our parks, this is a special opportunity for Scouts to spend an evening outdoors exploring nature, honing camping and cooking skills, working toward badges, and having fun!

We offer five campsites, each with its own firepit. Scouts should bring their own tents, camping gear, sleeping bags and something to cook over the campfire. Scouts are encouraged to participate in activities led by our Park Naturalists, and adult leaders may also lead their Scouts in activities around the park at their leisure.

  • Fee: $20 per participant, $7 per chaperone.

Advance registration is required. Registration opens July 31.

Scouts of all levels are welcome; however, tag-alongs or other non-Scouts are not permitted. Chaperones must be either Scout leaders or the legal guardians of attending Scouts.

Scouts may check-in between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Check-out is Sunday by 11 a.m.

Things To Do

  • Naturalist-led Fire-Starting
  • Naturalist-led Stargazing
  • Naturalist-led Night Hikes
  • Orienteering Course
  • Big Walnut Creek-Stomp
  • Self-led Troop/Den Activities

Things to Borrow from Us

  • Guidebooks
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing Poles
  • Compasses

Girl Scout Overnighter


September 23-24, 2017
For Girl Scouts ONLY.

All levels of Girl Scouts are welcome; however, no tagalongs or non-Scout children will be permitted. Chaperones must be either Girl Scout Leaders or the legal guardians of attending scouts. 

Cub & Boy Scout Overnighter


October 7-8, 2017
For Cub & Boy Scouts ONLY.

All levels of Cub & Boy Scouts are welcome; however, no tagalongs or non-Scout children will be permitted. Chaperones must be either Cub or Boy Scout Leaders or the legal guardians of attending scouts.