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.

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) / $10 per Adult.

Scheduled Dates and Times: Call 803.602.0885 to ask about available dates and times.

Overnights for Small Troops and Packs

Looking for an overnight experience for a small scout troop or pack that does not meet our minimum for traditional group overnights, then this new opportunity is just for you! Select nights will be offered for Girl Scout troops and separate nights for Boy Scout packs to come together and enjoy the Zoo’s night life. Like traditional overnights, scout groups will enjoy animal encounters, keeper-led tours, a snack, continental breakfast, games and free admission the next morning to explore the Zoo on their own. Each participant will also take home a Riverbanks souvenir cup for free.

NOTE: Overnight programs are not written to meet specific badge requirements. A minimum of 25 individual registered participants is required to conduct all small scout group overnight programs as scheduled.

Scheduled Dates and Times:

We currently do not have any events or programs scheduled. Please check back later.

Traditional Group Overnights/Night Howl Programs

Spend a wild night at Riverbanks! Overnights at the Zoo feature behind-the-scenes tours, games and other exciting activities. Overnights and Night Howls are available year round, any day of the week. Learn more about group Overnights and Night Howls.

Wild About Scouts: Workshops

Attention Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cub Scouts: Come as a troop, pack or with family (siblings are welcome) to our exciting and informative workshops. Seasonal and specialty workshops are wildly creative hands-on experiences offer after-hours on select dates throughout the year and may include admission to either Boo at the Zoo or Lights Before Christmas, depending on the program. These workshops include a brief presentation, activities, games, crafts and animal encounters centered on Scout specific topics and themes.

Scheduled Dates and Times:

October 2015

Saturday, October 24

UGH! It’sa 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 at the Zoo! The Bug-A-Boo Ball and Trick-or-Treat Trek is an eerie night of creepy crawly critters and candy, of course! The 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 “buggy” themed SWAPs* Meet and Greet, and we will throw in a few fabulously fun activities and creepy crafts, then end with a Trick-or-Treat Trek, where you will change into your costume** and enjoy the popular 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 bug-themed SWAPs to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts. **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. ***Admission to Boo at the Zoo is included in the program fee.

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

December 2015

Friday, December 4

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-themed SWAP meet. You will end the evening with a Holly Jolly Night Hike, where you will enjoy 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, see 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 SWAPs to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts. **Admission to Lights Before Christmas is included in the program fee.

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

Saturday, 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-themed SWAP meet. You will end the evening with a Holly Jolly Night Hike, where you will enjoy 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, see 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 SWAPs to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts. **Admission to Lights Before Christmas is included in the program fee.

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

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