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:

February 2016

Saturday, February 20

Girl 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 Girl Scout troops as we dispel some common myths about animals that prefer night to day! *This program is reserved for females 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.

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:

May 2016

Saturday, May 7

Girl Scouts Night Out: Be“ZOO”jeweled
@ 5:30–7:30pm (ages 5–13)

Come and BeZooJeweled! This “girls only” program in recognition of Endangered Species Day is back by popular demand! This will be a fun-filled evening of jewelry making, animal encounters, conservation education and activities that will earn credits towards your badge requirements and journeys. 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! You will meet a few of our animal ambassadors, learn about what you can do to help endangered animals, save their habitats and, of course, create an entire collection of your very own eco-friendly handmade jewelry. The night will conclude with a beaded or bejeweled-themed SWAPs meet*.

*Please plan to participate and bring a beaded or bejeweled-themed S.W.A.P.s to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts! **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. A minimum of 20 registered participants is required to conduct program as scheduled.

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

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