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: Programs

Calling all Scouts! Take a class at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden and earn credit toward your badge or achievement requirements. Classes will be filled with learning activities, animal encounters and a staff-guided tour through select areas at Riverbanks.

Cost: $5 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required. Riverbanks WILD About Scouts patches can be purchased for an additional fee.

Capacity: A minimum of 10 participating scouts and a maximum of 25 scouts per class apply. 1 adult chaperone / 10 scouts are required.

Registration: Pre-registration and payment is required at least 1 week in advance.

Cancellation Policy: Requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing at least 1 week prior to the program date to receive a refund. No refunds will be made for cancellations received less than 1 week from the scheduled program date.

Location: Determined based on program topic selected.

Scheduled Dates and Times: Call 803.602.0803 to ask about available dates and times. Programs are approximately 2 hours.

Available Programs:

Cub Scouts — Tiger and Wolf Expedition

Join us for a wild time while we identify plants and animals and hike the River Trail in the Garden. Scouts will learn about water pollution and how the 3 R’s help us to conserve our resources.

The program will cover : Tigers — Backyard Jungle #1, 2, and 5; Tigers in the Wild #4, 6, and 7; Wolf — Call of the Wild #3; Paws on the path #6 and 7; Council Fire #5a and b; Grow Something #3; Code of the Wolf #2a, and Spirit of water #1 and 2.

Cub Scouts — Bear Trek

Head to the Zoo for a wild hike along the River Trail and visit the Saluda River Factory Ruins, all while learning about local species and their conservation status. Learn how Riverbanks is making a positive impact on the environment and how your everyday decisions can have the same positive power.

The program will cover : Bear — Fur, Feather and Fern #1–6; Paws for action #1b, 3a; Webelos — Adventures in Science #2, Into the Wild #3, 5, 6–9a.

Girl Scouts — Bugging with Brownies!

Here come the bugs! Check out the creeping, crawling bugs of Riverbanks while earning your Bugs badge. Take a walk on the buggy side, make a bug poster and craft, and get up close and personal with our bug ambassadors.

The program will cover : 1–5 of Senses and Naturalist — Bugs badge.

Girl Scouts — Habitat Happenings

Get ready to go wild about animal habitats at Riverbanks! Learn about wild animals, their habitats and habitats in peril. Find out about the animals that live in the rainforest and meet a few in person. Discover how you can protect and provide shelter for species right in your own backyard!

The program will cover all steps of the Junior Girl Scouts Animal Habitats badge.

Wild About Scouts: Workshops

Join us for a wild day at the Zoo! Programs are designed specifically to assist your scouts with achievements and badge requirements. Scout Workshops will start with a brief interactive educational program, including live animal encounters and activities. The program continues with a staff-guided outdoor adventure through the Zoo.

Cost: $10 per Scout/Child. Note: If you are not a Riverbanks member, a general admission ticket will also be required. Riverbanks WILD About Scouts patches can be purchased for an additional fee. One adult guardian per scout(s)/group is required.

Registration: Pre-registration and payment is required at least 1 week in advance.

Cancellation Policy: Requests for cancellations must be submitted in writing at least 1 week prior to the program date to receive a refund. No refunds will be made for cancellations received less than 1 week from the scheduled program date.

Location: Determined based on program topic selected.

Scheduled Dates and Times: Call 803.602.0803 to ask about available dates and times. Programs are approximately 2 hours.

March 2017

Saturday, March 18

Learn about the identification, behavior and ecological importance of reptile and amphibian species found not only in South Carolina but also the rest of the US. You will be trained as a FrogWatch USA volunteer, a citizen scientist that can assist with the preservation of local frog and toad species in South Carolina. Scouts will enjoy a staff-guided tour both within the Zoo and through the River Trail, searching for wild herps as you go.
Hands-on Herpetology will cover the needed knowledge for the reptile and amphibian study merit badge requirements sections 1-7, 9ab, and 10.

September 2017

Saturday, September 9

From there to here, from here to there, wonderful trees are everywhere! Explore the world of trees, the role they play in our environment and how you can be a good steward of native plant life in South Carolina. We will explore the trees and plants of the Garden, make a wooden craft, meet a Riverbanks horticulturist, plant a tree to take home and design a tree recipe.
The program will cover all steps for Cub Scout Webelos “Into the Woods” elective badge and Girl Scout Cadettes Trees “naturalist” legacy badge.

Wild About Scouts: Events

Attention Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cub Scouts: Come as a troop, pack or with family (siblings are welcome) to our exciting and informative scout events. Seasonal and specialty events are wildly creative, hands-on experiences offered after-hours on select dates throughout the year. Participants enjoy a brief presentation, activities, games, crafts and animal encounters centered on Scout-specific topics and themes.

Scheduled Dates and Times:

December 2016

Friday, December 9

Join us for our most popular Girl Scouts’ Night Out holiday event. 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 and those furry friends without a home for Christmas. The night's festivities also will include a brief presentation on animal and pet care followed by a Christmas Critter SWAP meet and a Holly Jolly Night Hike.
Cost: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

Saturday, December 10

Join us for our most popular Girl Scouts’ Night Out holiday event. 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 and those furry friends without a home for Christmas. The night's festivities also will include a brief presentation on animal and pet care followed by a Christmas Critter SWAP meet and a Holly Jolly Night Hike.
Cost: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

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:

January 2017

Sunday, January 15

Boy Scout Overnight: Night Creatures
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Nocturnal animals are not creepy, just misunderstood creatures with incredible adaptations to help them survive after dark. Join the fun with other small Boy Scout troops as we dispel some common myths about animals that prefer night to day! Enjoy free admission to the Zoo following the overnight program! *This program is reserved for males only and requires a minimum of 25 registered participants to hold the program as scheduled.
Cost: $45 per participant.

February 2017

Sunday, February 19

Boy Scout Overnight: Night Creatures
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Nocturnal animals are not creepy, just misunderstood creatures with incredible adaptations to help them survive after dark. Join the fun with other small Boy Scout troops as we dispel some common myths about animals that prefer night to day! Enjoy free admission to the Zoo following the overnight program! *This program is reserved for males only and requires a minimum of 25 registered participants to hold the program as scheduled.
Cost: $45 per participant.

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.

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