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! 

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. 


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.

Games play a crucial role in children’s development and growth. Playing games enhances brain development in children by helping to acquire logic and reasoning skills, as well as boosting critical thinking. Young scouts will learn and participate in a variety of different games including teambuilding, problem-solving, and relay races. Afterwards, young scouts will have to put their heads together and create their own game to play with one another. 
This program fulfills requirements for: On Your Mark, Rumble In The Jungle (Lions); Games Tigers Play, Tiger-iffic, Tiger Tag (Cub Scout Tiger); Daisy petal (Daisy); Fair Play (Brownies)
Recommended age level: Grades K-3.
Advance registration required by Nov. 20. Click here to register.

Animal Habitats

Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Calling animal lovers! This program is for you! Build a birdfeeder with a screwdriver, watch birds, search for animal signs on a hike, discover ways of caring for wildlife and their habitats, and more!
This program fulfills some requirements for: Outdoor Adventurer, Hiker (Brownies); Animal Habitats (Juniors); Paws on the Path (Wolves); Build It, Into the Wild (Webelos and Bears).
Recommended age level: Grades 2-4.
Advance registration required by Dec. 4. 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! 

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

  • Guidebooks
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing Poles
  • Compasses

Damselfly Overnighter

September 14-15, 2019
For female scouts ONLY.

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. 

Dragonfly Overnighter

September 21-22, 2019
For male scouts ONLY.

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?

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