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:

February 2015

Friday, February 13

Girl Scouts Night Out: Cupids for Critters!
@ 6:15–8:00pm (ages 5–13)

We are tickled pink to offer this program in recognition of Responsible Pet Owner’s Month and Valentine’s Day! This will be a fun-filled evening of crafts, animal encounters and activities that will earn credit towards your badge requirements and journeys! We will be playing cupid to our family pets and our furry friends at the local shelters who have no Valentine. The night will include a heart-themed S.W.A.P.s meet*, optional animal supply drive, brief presentation on wild vs. domestic animals and pet care, fun activities and tons of crafts!

*Please plan to participate and bring a heart or Valentine-themed SWAPs to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts!

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

April 2015

Saturday, April 25

Join us for a wild day at the Zoo and earn credits towards badge requirements, achievements and electives. Scout Saturday Programs will start with a brief interactive educational program including live animal encounters, games and activities. Scout Saturdays are designed to work in conjunction with special events at the Zoo and feature activities for scouts that are related to the topic of the day and will add to your guest experience. Please take advantage of these special activities and visit the themed stations located throughout the park prior to the program start time. Information stations, games and activities will be offered at no additional charge and are open to the public 9:00am–3:00pm. Zoo admission is not included and will be required.*

*Scout Saturday Programs will work on credits towards both Cub Scout and Girl Scout Badge Requirements, depending on troop work and program topic and theme.

Cost: $10 per Scout (with one adult) plus admission for general public.

May 2015

Saturday, May 16

Be“ZOO”jeweled — Gems of the Rainforest
@ 6:15–8:00pm (ages 5–13)

Come and be BeZooJeweled! Riverbanks is pleased to offer this “girls only” program in honor of Endangered Species Day again this year. This will be a fun-filled evening of jewelry making, animal encounters, conservation education and activities. As we travel through the layers of a tropical rainforest, we will introduce you to its hidden jewels, the “bling” of the jungle and the animals who reign here! Learn about what you can do to help endangered animals, save their habitats, and of course create an entire collection of your very own, unique, eco-friendly, handmade jewelry. The night will conclude with a beaded or bejeweled-themed S.W.A.P.s meet*.

*Please plan to participate and bring a beaded or bejeweled-themed S.W.A.Ps to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts!

Program and activities will work towards Girl Scout badge requirements for all levels that may include, but are not limited to: Daisy-Clover Petal: Use Resources Wisely, Journey- Between the Earth and Sky: Clover Award, Brownie- Eco-Explorer and Household Elf Badge. Junior: Get Moving! Jewelers Badge and Amuse: Animals Habitats.

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

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