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. 


Astronomy Merit Badge Workshop 

Sunday, August 18, 6 p.m. 

Take an adventure through the universe while keeping both feet on the Earth! Join our Park Naturalist, who is a certified BSA merit badge counselor, for some stargazing basics, and after a short break, attend the inside program by the Indiana Astronomical Society. Then if the sky is clear after sunset, look through several telescopes and speak with astronomers.

(If the sky is not clear after sunset, you may attend one of the other monthly Astronomy programs.)

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! 

Please eat supper before you come out to the park.

Prepare in advance: Read the Astronomy merit badge book; complete requirements #1, 4c, 5a-5c, 6b, 7, and 9. 

Bring: BSA Astronomy merit badge book, your completed worksheet pages with the prerequisites, a flashlight or headlamp with a red lens, bug spray, a light jacket, a snack, and water bottle. 

Merit badge requirements covered at workshop: #2, 3, 4a-4b, 4d, 5d, 6a, 6c-6d, 8. 

Recommended age level: Grades 6-12.

Advance registration required by Aug. 16. Click here 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

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.