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! 

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 Nature Merit Badge Workshop

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 1 p.m.

Submerge yourself in the world of nature! Join our Assistant Park Naturalist, who is a certified BSA merit badge counselor, in discovering ecology and how all plants, animals, and non-living things are connected! Bring your Nature merit badge pamphlet, your completed workbook pages with the prerequisites (if not submitted in advance), a snack, and water bottle. Wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots and dress for the weather as we will be outside for some of the workshop.

This workshop is open to boys and girls, scouts and non-scouts.

This workshop will cover requirements #1, 2, 3, 4b, 4c, and 4h.

RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 6-12.

$10/PARTICIPANT. CHAPERONES ARE FREE.

Advance registration required by Feb. 19 at: https://hcparks.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=396


Science Experiments

Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 1 p.m.

We are going to play with science all afternoon! We’ll experiment with candy, make some things bubble up and some things explode, mix colors, and make slime! Please alert us to any food allergies.

This program is open to boys and girls, scouts and non-scouts.

Fulfills some requirements for: Brownie Home Scientist; Bears Super Science.

RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 2-3.

$10/PARTICIPANT. CHAPERONES ARE FREE.

Advance registration required by March 18 at: https://hcparks.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=400


Knots & Hiking

Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 1 p.m.

Scouts will learn hiking basics and five essential knots. 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 where they’ll put their observational skills to the test! Please alert us to any food allergies.

This program is open to boys and girls, scouts and non-scouts.

Fulfills some requirements for: Brownies Hiker; Brownies Outdoor Adventurer; Wolves Paws on the Path Adventure; Wolves Tie It Right Elective; Bears Fur, Feathers, and Ferns Adventure; Bears Tying It All Up Elective.

RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 2-3.

$10/PARTICIPANT. CHAPERONES ARE FREE.

Advance registration required by April 22 at: https://hcparks.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=406


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 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.