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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 both boys and girls, scouts and non-scouts. 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 Hendricks County Parks Nature Challenge badge for each Scout Sunday they attend! Scouts and chaperones should keep track of the activities that are fulfilled toward badge requirements. Parents or scout leaders must supervise their children or scouts at all times during these programs.
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.
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.
BSA Soil & Water Conservation Merit Badge Workshop
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 1 p.m.
Healthy soils are vital for life on Earth! Acquire a solid foundation on soils: on how they form, why healthy soils are important, and how to take care of our soils. Join our Park Naturalist, who is a certified BSA merit badge counselor, and soil professionals for hands-on activities to bring soil and water conservation to life!
This workshop will cover requirements #1, 2, 3, 4, and 7d.
Recommended age level: Grades 8-12.
Advance registration required by Oct. 23. Click here to register.
Fun & Games
Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1 p.m.
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!
We’ve given our Scout Overnighters new and shorter names: Damselfly Overnighter (for girls) and Dragonfly Overnighter (for boys)! New name, same fun!
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
- Fishing Poles
All levels of Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, female BSA scouts, and female 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.
All levels of Trail Life USA, male BSA scouts, and male 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?
If you are interested in discussing potential Eagle Scout service projects with our Park Naturalist, please contact Sarah Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org.