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. 


Nature Art

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 at 1 p.m.

Crack open your pencil case, pull on your hiking shoes, and prepare to get your hands dirty! Nature provides both inspiration and artistic media. Scouts will use clay, stones, wire, watercolors, sticks, and charcoal to create several original works of art. Dress for the weather as some of this program is outside.

Helps fill some of the requirements for: Brownies Painting, Brownies Potter, Juniors Drawing, Juniors Jeweler, Webelos Art Explosion.

Recommended age level: Grades 3-5.

Advance registration required by Dec. 7. Click here to register.

Shapes in Nature

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 at 1 p.m.

How is a fish like a triangle? Young scouts learn to see shapes in the outdoors and create works of art from their observations. They’ll tackle tangram puzzles, capture textures with crayons, hike for inspiration, play with paint, and more.

Helps fill some of the requirements for: Daisies Outdoor Art Maker, Daisies Between Earth and Sky Journey, Tigers Stories in Shapes, Tigers In the Wild, Tigers Backyard Jungle.

Recommended age level: Grades K-1.

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

BSA Geocaching Merit Badge Workshop

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Get introduced to a lifetime of fun and adventure with geocaching! Discover the skill of geocaching, GPS navigation and how it works, fun geocaching events, and how to do everything safely. You will also get to try your hand at hiding and finding geocaches!

Covering: Merit badge requirements #4, 5a-b, 6, 7, 8d & 9

Prerequisites: Open a free account at and explore the basics. Complete merit badge requirements #1, 2, 3, 4, 5c-d, 6 & 7.

Recommended age level: Grades 8-12.

Advance registration required by Feb. 6. Click here to register.


Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 1 p.m.

Get ready for a high-tech treasure hunt! You will learn how to use a GPS receiver during this hands-on program. You’ll get to practice hiding and finding geocaches, and make a trade item to tuck into a geocache. Use your eco skills to leave no trace and leave the park a better place while trekking the trails!

Helps fill some of the requirements for: Girl Scouts Junior Geocacher, Girl Scouts Junior Eco Camper, Girl Scouts Junior Camper, Webelos Camper.

Recommended age level: Grades 4-5.

Advance registration required by March 20. Click here to register.

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.

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

Scout Overnighter for Girls


September 8-9, 2018
For female scouts ONLY.

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


October 6-7, 2018
For male scouts ONLY.

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