Scout Programs

Scouts of all ages have more opportunities to have fun while earning credits toward badge requirements, achievements, electives and journeys. Come as a troop, pack, youth group or with the family to any of our exciting and informative Scout Programs. From traditional formats to wild explorations, Scout Programs offer a variety of fresh topics and experiences—and every adventure promises hands-on fun, planned activities, an interactive presentation and up-close animal encounters with our Education Animal Ambassadors.

All Scout groups, youth groups and families with individual scouts are welcome to participate in these programs. Children may not be left unattended. Individual Scouts must be accompanied by an adult; troops should have at least one adult per 10 scouts in attendance. Availability is limited; however, a minimum of 20 registered participants is required to conduct programs as scheduled and described. Registration is available online and will close one week prior to the program date. Program fees are non-refundable.

Art Gone Wild!

Are you ready to be inspired, get creative like creatures do and let your imagination go WILD? Color, pattern and texture… oh my! Join us for an evening of art, activities and animals to discover the artist “within.” This new workshop series will be offered throughout the year with a different focus and fun featured projects to reach across all scout levels and assist in earning credits towards badge requirements for girls and boys alike! We will kick off the series with our first workshop Art Gone Wild! PAINT! The night will include a brief presentation on animal artists, up-close animal encounters and the opportunity to create with color, paint with nature and go on an artful adventure! Of course, you will leave with your creations and it is our hope that you will take with you inspiration to continue your journey into Art Gone Wild! Look for Art Gone Wild! Future workshops to feature COLOR, COLLAGE, CLAY and CREATE!

Program, topics and activities will vary depending on the workshop. Credits towards badge requirements will also vary on scout levels and badge. These may include, but are not limited to: Daisy, Journey—Between the Earth and Sky, 3 Cheers for Animals; Brownie—Painting Badge; Junior—Drawing Badge; Senior—Collage Artist; Cub Scouts—Art Academics Belt Loop and Pin; and Webelos—Artist Activity Badge.

Cost: $15 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $5 per Adult.

Scheduled Dates and Times: Call 803.602.0883 to ask about available dates and times.

Wild About Scouts: Evening Expedition

Journey to the Zoo for an after-hours adventure to learn about creatures of the night and view them in another light—moonlight! This wild night will begin with a brief presentation, live animal encounters and activities that will journey into the world of wildlife after dark! Finally, we will head out on a “sensational” twilight trek as a “Night Owl” using our senses to explore even more and experience a night hike to remember!

Program and activities will work towards both Cub Scout Electives and Achievements and Girl Scout Journeys, Try-Its or Badge Requirements depending on troop work. Some examples of this are Girl Scouts: Daisy—Red Petal: Courageous and Strong, 3Cheers for animals Out and about with animals; Brownies—WOW: Hiker and Senses, Try Its: Animals, Watching Wildlife and Outdoor Adventurer; Juniors—Wildlife and Your Outdoor Surroundings Badge; Cadettes—Night Owl Badge and Wildlife IPA Skill Builder #1. Cub Scouts: Tigers—Achievement #5, 5G, Elective #42; Wolves—Achievement #10; Bears—Achievement #5, 5d; and Webelos—Naturalist Badge #4.

Cost: $10 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $5 per Adult.

Scheduled Dates and Times: Call 803.602.0883 to ask about available dates and times.

Other Scout Programs

Scheduled Dates and Times:

October 2014

Friday, October 17

We dare you and your troop or pack to join us for an “engrossing” evening adventure here at the Zoo! Girls and boys are invited to this Creepy Creature Feature and Trick-or-Treat Trek that is a not-so-scary night of creepy crawly critters and candy, of course! The Creepy Creature Feature will include activities and animal encounters that highlight the scaly, slimy and mythunderstood friends of the animal kingdom (reptiles and amphibians), earning credit towards badge and merit requirements, depending on troop work! This wild night will begin with a Creepy Meet and Greet, we will throw in a few mysterious activities, crafts and end with a Trick-or-Treat Trek, where you will change into your costume** and enjoy the popular Zoo’s Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! On your self-guided trek through Boo, you will experience Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and so much more!

*Girl Scouts: Please plan to participate and bring a creepy creature themed S.W.A.P.s to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts. **Admission to Boo at the Zoo is included in the program fee. You may come in costume; however, in order to participate in animal encounters, we ask that any make up/ props wait to be added until after program.

Program and activities will work towards both Cub Scout Electives and Achievements and Girl Scout Journeys,Try-Its or Badge Requirements depending on troop work. Some examples of these may be: Girl Scouts: Daisy- Red Petal: Courageous and Strong, 3Cheers for animals. Brownies Try Its: Animals and Watching Wildlife Juniors- Wildlife Badge and Amuse: Animal Habitats. Cadettes- Animal Helpers. Cub Scouts: Tigers - Elective #42, Wolves- Achievement #10, Bears Achievement #5, 5a and 5d and Webelos- Naturalist Badge #4 and #7. Boy Scouts: Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge Requirements.

Cost: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

Saturday, October 18

Bug-A-Boo! & Trick-or-Treat Trek
@ 5:30–9:00pm (ages 5–13)

UGH! It’s a bug and you and your troop are going to have a ball!! Girls and boys are invited to join us for this exciting evening adventure here at the Zoo! Bug-A-Boo is an eerie night of creepy crawly critters and candy, of course! Bug-A-Boo Ball will include fun activities, games and animal encounters that will highlight what else, BUGS and maybe a few other freaky friends while earning credits towards badge requirements! This wild night will begin with a brief presentation and a Critter Meet and Greet. We will throw in a few fabulously fun activities, creepy crafts, a “buggy” themed S.W.A.P* for the girls and end with a Trick-or-Treat Trek, where you will change into your costume** and enjoy the popular Zoo’s Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo! On your self-guided trek through Boo, you will experience Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and so much more!

*Girl Scouts: Please plan to participate and bring a creepy creature themed S.W.A.P.s to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts. **Admission to Boo at the Zoo is included in the program fee. You may come in costume; however, in order to participate in animal encounters, we ask that any make up/ props wait to be added until after program.

Program and activities will work towards both Cub Scout Electives and Achievements and Girl Scout Journeys,Try-Its or Badge Requirements depending on troop work. Some examples of these may be: Girl Scouts: Daisy- Red Petal: Courageous and Strong, 3Cheers for animals. Brownies Bug Badge, Try Its: Animals and Watching Wildlife Juniors- Wildlife Badge and Amuse: Animal Habitats. Cub Scouts: Tigers - Elective #42, Wolves- Achievement #10, Bears Achievement #5, 5a and 5d. Webelos- Naturalist Badge #2 and #9.

Cost: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

November 2014

Friday, November 21

Both boys and girls are invited to get creative with our newest holiday scout program—Crafty Critters Winter Workshop is a fun-filled evening of creative crafts, animal encounters and activities that will earn credits towards your badge requirements and journeys! Discover how “crafty” animals can be as they prepare for the winter months ahead. Will they hunker down in their hometown habitat for the holidays or head south from their summer homes for warmer weather? This Craft-A-Paloo-ZOO will begin with a brief presentation on wildlife in winter and then let your creativity run wild, crafting critters and other fun things! This exciting evening will wrap up with a Holiday Light Hike, where you will enjoy Riverbanks’ Lights Before Christmas**! On your self-guided hike, you will see some of Riverbanks’ most loved residents as colorful animated images, watch it snow, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire!

*Girl Scouts: Please plan to participate and bring a Christmas Critter themed S.W.A.P.s to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts. **Admission to Lights Before Christmas is included in the program fee.

Program and activities will work towards Cub Scout, Girl Scout badge requirements and troop work for all levels that may include, but are not limited to: Daisy- 3 Cheers for Animals: Brownie- Try Its: Animals and Watching Wildlife, Eco-Explorer Badge. Junior: Earth Connections Badge and Amuse: Animals Habitats Badge, Cub Scouts: Tigers - Elective #42, Wolves- Achievement #10, Bears Achievement #5, 5, 5d, 5G. Webelos- Naturalist Badge #4, etc.

Cost: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

December 2014

Friday, December 12

Join us for our most popular Girl Scouts Night Out Holiday Event—Gift-A-Paloo-ZOO! Come see the Zoo in a different light with nearly one million twinkling lights! There will be plenty to see and lots to do! Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo is a fun-filled evening of crafts, animal encounters and activities that will earn credits towards your badge requirements and journeys! We will be making gifts for your pets at home, the Zoo ’s education animals and those furry friends without a home for Christmas (maybe even one for you too)! The wildest night ever will begin with a brief presentation on animal and pet care, we will squeeze in a few “cool” activities and crafts and “wrap up” with a Christmas Critter SWAP meet. You will end the evening with a Holly Jolly Night Hike, where you will enjoy Riverbanks’ Lights Before Christmas**. On your self-guided hike, you will see some of Riverbanks’ most loved residents as colorful animated images and have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa, watch it snow, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire!

*Girl Scouts: Please plan to participate and bring a Christmas Critter themed S.W.A.P.s to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts. **Admission to Lights Before Christmas is included in the program fee.

Program and activities will work towards Girl Scout badge requirements and troop work for all levels that may include, but are not limited to: Daisy-Zinni Petal: Considerate and Caring, 3 Cheers for Animals: Brownie- A World of Girls: Pets and Eco-Explorer Badge. Junior: Earth Connections Badge and Amuse: Animals Habitats Badge, Cadettes- Animal Helpers Badge.

Cost: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

Saturday, December 13

Join us for our most popular Girl Scouts Night Out Holiday Event—Gift-A-Paloo-ZOO! Come see the Zoo in a different light with nearly one million twinkling lights! There will be plenty to see and lots to do! Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo is a fun-filled evening of crafts, animal encounters and activities that will earn credits towards your badge requirements and journeys! We will be making gifts for your pets at home, the Zoo ’s education animals and those furry friends without a home for Christmas (maybe even one for you too)! The wildest night ever will begin with a brief presentation on animal and pet care, we will squeeze in a few “cool” activities and crafts and “wrap up” with a Christmas Critter SWAP meet. You will end the evening with a Holly Jolly Night Hike, where you will enjoy Riverbanks’ Lights Before Christmas**. On your self-guided hike, you will see some of Riverbanks’ most loved residents as colorful animated images and have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa, watch it snow, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire!

*Girl Scouts: Please plan to participate and bring a Christmas Critter themed S.W.A.P.s to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts. **Admission to Lights Before Christmas is included in the program fee.

Program and activities will work towards Girl Scout badge requirements and troop work for all levels that may include, but are not limited to: Daisy-Zinni Petal: Considerate and Caring, 3 Cheers for Animals: Brownie- A World of Girls: Pets and Eco-Explorer Badge. Junior: Earth Connections Badge and Amuse: Animals Habitats Badge, Cadettes- Animal Helpers Badge.

Cost: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

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