Scouting with Hendricks County Parks & Recreation


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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.

Science Experiments: Air

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 at 1 p.m.

McCloud Nature Park

What can you feel but not see?  Wind!  What is important for life, but you can’t see it?  Air!  Try your hand at experiments to explore air pressure and mass.  Design the best paper airplane and launch stomp rockets.  Conduct an insulation challenge and discover the best way to stay warm using air!  Some activities will be self-guided with the option to do at home instead. 

This program helps fulfill some of the requirements for:  Webelos Engineer Adventure, Juniors Get Moving Journey, Juniors Animal Habitats Badge and Cadettes Breathe Journey. 

Recommended for grades 4-8. 

Advance registration required by Feb. 16 by clicking here.

Outdoor Artists

Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 1 p.m.

McCloud Nature Park

Harness your creativity outdoors and on the trail!  We will be putting our senses through their paces, zooming in for a pencil drawing, and scouring the trail for plants, tracks, and colors to inspire us.  This program takes place predominantly outdoors, so dress for the weather and be prepared to hike. Some activities will be self-guided with the option to do at home instead. 

This program helps fulfill some of the requirements for:  Daisies Outdoor Art Maker, Brownies Outdoor Art Creator, Tigers My Tiger Jungle and Bears Fur, Feathers and Ferns. 

Recommended for grades K-3. 

Advance registration required by March 23 by clicking here.

BSA Fishing Merit Badge Workshop

Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 1 p.m.

SPECIAL LOCATION! Hummel Park, Plainfield

Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the scouting movement, claimed fishing as one of his favorite pastimes.  Join certified BSA merit badge counselor Park Naturalist as we dip our toes into the vast sea of fishing.  Scouts will learn the different types of fishing reels and parts of fishing poles while using provided equipment to catch fish.  Scots will get hands-on practice with various knots needed for fishing.  All supplies are provided. 

This workshop covers: Merit badge requirements #1-8. 

Prerequisite:  #9 (clean and cook a fish, can be caught by you, or purchased from a store) 

Recommended for grades 8-12.  

Advance registration required by April 13 by clicking here.

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