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Wild About Scouts

Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy 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, or individual with the family to any of our exciting and informative Wild About Scouts 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.

Private Programs for Troops and Packs

for Ages 5–13

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.

Available Programs

Cub Scout Expedition

Join us for a wild time as we learn about water pollution and how the 3 R’s help us conserve resources, including animals! We will hike the River Trail and learn about local species and their conservation status. Plus, discover how Riverbanks is making a positive impact on the environment and how your everyday decisions can have the same positive power.

The Cub Scout Expedition Program and activities will work toward Cub Scout Electives and Achievements. Based on registered troop level, the program will cover: Lions — Animal Kingdom #3*; Mountain Lion #3; Tigers — My Tiger Jungle #1, 2, and 3; Tigers in the Wild #4, 6, and 7. Wolf — Call of the Wild #6; Paws on the Path #5 and 6; Grow Something #3; Code of the Wolf #2a; Spirit of Water #1 and 2. Bear — Fur, Feather and Fern #1-6, Paws for Action #2b. Webelos — Adventures in Science #2; Building a Better World #6d; 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: Naturalist — Bugs badge.

Girl Scouts — Girls in the Garden

Flowers and soil and gardening, oh my! Enjoy a visit to Riverbanks Botanical Garden while working toward Girl Scout badges. Your troop will explore different garden designs and flowers, and learn what it takes to keep our Garden beautiful. You will even take home your very own “flower” creation!

The program will cover: Junior Gardener badge — Steps #1–3; Junior Flowers badge — Steps #1–5.

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 (or arctic) and meet a few in person. Discover how you can protect and provide shelter for species right in your own backyard! Groups can choose between two focus areas: Amazon Rainforest or The Arctic.

The program will cover: Junior Animal Habitats badge.

Girl Scouts — Habitats with Daisies

Everyone can help make the world a better place! Meet a few animal ambassadors, enjoy a guided tour and classroom activities to learn about habitats, adaptations for survival and the animals that call them home. Discover how you can protect wildlife right in your own backyard.

This program will cover the Rosie Petal.

Program Details

  • Cost :

    $8 per Scout. 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.

  • Availability :

    Programs can be scheduled year round on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am or 1:00pm. Each program is 1.5 hours long.

  • Location :

    Determined based on program topic selected.

Register for Program

  • Registration :

    Pre-registration is required 2 weeks in advance with final payment due 10 days prior to program date. Call 803.602.0803 to ask about available dates and times.

Events

Attention Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts: Come as a troop, pack, or with family (siblings are welcome) to our exciting and informative Wild About Scout events. Seasonal and specialty events are wildly creative, hands-on experiences offered after-hours on select dates throughout the year. Participants will enjoy an evening full of interactive educational programing, activities, and animal encounters — all focused on Girl Scout and/or Cub Scout specific topics and themes.

Scheduled Programs

Secret Life of Trees Girl Scout Workshop

  • Saturday, September 28 @ 10:00am–12:00pm

Trees can tower taller than the Statue of Liberty or be small enough to sit in the corner of your living room. Discover the wonders and importance of these green friends through interactive stations, a live animal encounter and staff-guided outdoor adventure through the Botanical Garden. This workshop is interactive and designed to help with achievements and merit badge requirements.

This program will cover portions of the following: Daisy – Clover; Junior – Gardener; Cadette – Trees.

COST: $12/scout or sibling and $0/adult; gate admission must be purchased separately for all group members.
Sleeping Accommodations: Waterfall Junction Learning Center Classroom.

Nova Wild Cub Scout Day

  • Saturday, January 25 @ 9:00am–5:00pm

Go NOVA with us as you spend a fun-filled day at the Zoo working toward Cub Scout electives. Scouts will encounter animal ambassadors, participate in station activities, meet with a Zoo professional and watch a science movie. Grade-specific elective programs are available to complete as well. Do as little or as much as you want on Scout Day!

The day at the Zoo will encompass the “Nova Wild” portion of the NOVA award.

Cost: $20/scout, includes a Wild About Scouts Patch.
Sleeping Accommodations: Colonial Life Discovery Center.

Program Details

Event Overnights

Event Overnights combine seasonal event workshops offered after-hours with all the perks of an overnight excursion. The workshop portion includes a brief presentation, activities, games, crafts, and animal encounters centered on Scout-specific topics and themes that meet badge requirements. Following the workshop your group can stay and participate in our public events, make s’mores, and enjoy keeper led tours. In the morning, participants will enjoy a continental breakfast before heading out into the park on their own.

Scheduled Programs

Bezoojeweled Girl Scout Event Overnight

  • Friday, December 6 @ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day
  • Saturday, December 7 @ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day

Come and BeZooJeweled! This “girls only” Scout Program for Daisies through Cadettes will be a fun-filled evening of jewelry making, animal encounters, conservation education and activities that will earn credits towards badge requirements and journeys. Meet the “bling” of the jungle and the "jewels" of the rainforest! The overnight will also include a beaded or bejeweled-themed SWAPs meet, s’more evening snack, continental breakfast, behind-the-scenes tour, Lights Before Christmas activities and park admission the following day.

Cost: $70/scout, includes a Wild About Scouts Patch; $60/adult.
Capacity: Minimum 25 / Maximum 60.
Sleeping Accommodations: Colonial Life Discovery Center Classrooms and Theater.

Program Details

  • Note :

    A minimum of 25 individual registered participants is required to conduct event overnight programs as scheduled.

Overnights for Small Troops and Packs

for Ages 5–adult

Looking for an overnight experience for a small Scout troop or pack that does not meet our minimum for group overnights? Then this opportunity is just for you! Select nights will be offered for Girl Scout troops or Cub/Boy Scout packs to join others to enjoy the Zoo’s night life.

Program Details

  • Note :

    Overnight programs seek to support working towards badge requirements. A minimum of 25 individual registered participants is required to conduct all small scout group overnight programs as scheduled.

Registration Closed

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation or date change requests must be received three weeks in advance of the event to receive a refund of your registration. Requests must be submitted in writing at education@riverbanks.org Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will retain a 10% processing fee for cancellations.

In the rare event that Riverbanks Zoo and Garden must cancel the scheduled event, all deposits or money received will be reimbursed or an option to reschedule will be provided. Notifications of cancellation will be provided at least ten days prior to the scheduled event (unless weather-related). Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is not liable for any other expenses that the guest may have incurred in the preparation and execution of the event.

Refunds will not be provided for individuals who do not show up for the event.

Although these programs are developed to meet Girl Scout, Cub Scout, and Boy Scout requirements, all Scout groups and families are welcome to participate in these programs. Children may not be left unattended. Individuals must be accompanied by an adult; groups should have at least one adult per 10 participants 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.

Questions about Wild About Scouts?

Please call 803.602.0803 or email us.