Scouting with Hendricks County Parks & Recreation

 

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! 

While each month’s theme targets a particular scout level, scouts of all ages and levels may register for Scout Sundays to join in the fun. All Scout Sunday programs are open to boys and girls, scouts and non-scouts who wish to register. Be sure to dress for the weather, as all of the programs include outdoor activities. 

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. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.


BSA Environmental Science Merit Badge Workshop

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Make observations and perform experiments to learn about our impact on the environment, and how we can protect our valuable natural resources. Join our Park Naturalist, who is a certified BSA merit badge counselor, in discovering environmental science, and how all plants, animals, and non-living things are connected while working toward this merit badge that is required for Eagle Scout! 

ALLERGY ALERT! A visit to the observation honeybee hives may happen for #3G. Please let park staff know of any allergy concerns.

Covering: Merit badge requirements #3a, 3c, 3d, 3g, 4a and 5.

Prerequisites: Complete merit badge requirements #1, 2, 3b, 3e, 3f, and 6.

Recommended age level: Grades 8-12.

Advance registration required by April 3. Click here to register.


Gardening

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Have you ever grown a plant or wondered if you have a green thumb? Young scouts will learn what different plants they can grow at home and how to plant a garden. Get your hands in the soil with some hands-on activities!

This program helps fulfill requirements for: Grow Something (Cub Scout Wolf); Into the Woods (Cub Scout Webelo); Outdoor Adventure, Bugs (Girl Scout Brownie); Gardener (Girl Scout Junior).

Recommended age level: Grades 2-5.

Advance registration required by May 3. Click here to register.


Bright Skies & Night Skies

Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Young scouts, become amateur astronomers! Play with light and shadows to find out how the moon has so many faces. Discover the stories of our favorite constellations and create your own patterns and stories in the stars. Explore the wonderful world lit by our sun, and learn outdoor etiquette to make sure the earth stays beautiful. Clean up your binoculars because we’ve got amazing things to see!

This program helps fulfill requirements for: Space Science Explorer, Eco Learner (Daisies); Sky is the Limit, Tigers in the Wild (Cub Scout Tigers).

Recommended age level: Grades K-1.

Advance registration required by Aug. 9. Click here to register.


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: $15 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

Scout Overnighter for Girls

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September 14-15, 2019
For female scouts ONLY.
 
Click here to register, beginning July 31.

All levels of Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, and female members of Navigators are welcome; however, no tagalongs or non-scout children will be permitted. Chaperones must be either scout leaders or the legal guardians of attending scouts. 

Scout Overnighter for Boys

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September 21-22, 2019
For male scouts ONLY.
 
Click here to register, beginning July 31.

All levels of Cub & Boy Scouts, Trail Life USA members, and male members of Navigators are welcome; however, no tagalongs or non-scout children will be permitted. Chaperones must be either scout Leaders or the legal guardians of attending scouts. 


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.