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. 


Earth Party 

Sunday, Feb. 11, 1 p.m. 

Celebrate the tastes of the earth as we explore meteorology and geology through experiments! Scouts will make volcanic eruptions out of baking soda and vinegar, create rainbows in cups with the power of density, put their taste buds to the test, and more. 

This program helps fulfill requirements for: 

Home Scientist (Brownies); Senses (Brownies); Super Science (Bears); Earth Rocks! (Webelos) 

Recommended age level: Grades 2-5. 

Click to register.

Environmental Science Merit Badge Workshop 

Sunday, March 18, 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 certified BSA merit badge counselor Park Naturalist 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! 

Prepare in advance: Read the Environmental Science merit badge book; complete requirements #1, 2, 3B, 3E, 3F, and 6. 

Bring: Environmental Science merit badge book and worksheet pages for completed pre-requisite requirements; blue Application for Merit Badge card; camera. 

Merit badge requirements covered at workshop: #3A, 3C, 3D, 3G, 4A, and 5. 

Recommended age level: Grades 6-12.  

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Outdoor Hiking Adventure 

Sunday, April 15, 1 p.m. 

Scouts will learn hiking basics and play a game to improve their observational skills. With that knowledge, a bandana-full of trail mix, and hand-made trail maps to follow—they’ll be ready to take a mile-long hike in the park! 

This program helps fulfill requirements for: 

Hiker (Brownies); Outdoor Adventurer (Brownies); Call of the Wild Adventure (Wolves); Paws on the Path Adventure (Wolves); Fur, Feathers and Ferns Adventure (Bears) 

Recommended age level: Grades 2-3. 

Click to register.

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.

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.