Scout Programs

 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 volunteer@hcparks.net.


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.

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

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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

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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.