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Scout Programs

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.

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 :

    $8 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13). 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.

  • Registration :

    Pre-registration is required 2 weeks in advance with final payment due 10 days prior to program date.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Wild About Scouts: Workshops

Join us for a wild day at the Zoo! Programs are designed specifically to assist your Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, or Boy Scouts with achievements and badge requirements. Participants will enjoy an afternoon full of interactive educational programing, activities, and animal encounters — all focused on Girl Scout, Cub Scout, and/or Boy Scout specific topics and themes.

  • 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.

  • Location :

    Determined based on program topic selected.

  • 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.

  • Scheduled Dates and Times

    Call 803.602.0803 to ask about available dates and times. Programs are approximately 2 hours.

January 2019

Saturday, January 19

Join us for a wild day at the Zoo and earn credits towards badge requirements, achievements, and electives. Programs are designed specifically to assist Boy Scouts with achievements and merit badge requirements. Boy 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 and/or Garden. Riverbanks admission is not included and will be required. Classroom location will be in the Discovery Center.

Boy Scout Workshops will work on credits towards the Boy Scout Merit Badge – Mammal Study.

COST: $12 per Child.

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Wild About Scouts: 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 Dates and Times

December 2018

Friday, December 14

Holiday Hoopla & Holly Jolly Night Hike
@ 5:30–7:30pm (ages 5–13)

Join us for our all NEW Girl Scouts Night Out! A holiday animal mystery is in play at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. Use your keen detective skills and sharp senses to discover what is “afoot” at the Zoo! We will squeeze in a few “cool” activities and crafts and “wrap up” with a Holiday SWAP meet. You will end the evening with a Holly Jolly Night Hike where you will enjoy Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks**! On your self-guided hike, you will see some of the Zoo’s most loved residents as colorful animated images, have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa, see it snow, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire!

*Please plan to participate and bring Christmas Critter themed SWAPs to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts.

**Admission to Lights Before Christmas is included in the program fee.

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-Sunny Petal; Brownie- Senses. Junior: Detective; Cadettes- Animal Helpers Badge.

COST: $22 per Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

Saturday, December 15

Holiday Hoopla & Holly Jolly Night Hike
@ 5:30–7:30pm (ages 5–13)

Join us for our all NEW Girl Scouts Night Out! A holiday animal mystery is in play at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. Use your keen detective skills and sharp senses to discover what is “afoot” at the Zoo! We will squeeze in a few “cool” activities and crafts and “wrap up” with a Holiday SWAP meet. You will end the evening with a Holly Jolly Night Hike where you will enjoy Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks**! On your self-guided hike, you will see some of the Zoo’s most loved residents as colorful animated images, have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa, see it snow, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire!

*Please plan to participate and bring Christmas Critter themed SWAPs to exchange with your fellow Girl Scouts.

**Admission to Lights Before Christmas is included in the program fee.

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-Sunny Petal; Brownie- Senses. Junior: Detective; Cadettes- Animal Helpers Badge.

COST: $22 per Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult.

January 2019

Saturday, January 12

Cub Scout Day – NOVA WILD!
@ 9:00am–5:00pm (ages 5–13)

Are you ready to kick off the Scout year with a bang? Go NOVA with us as you spend a fun-filled day at the Zoo working toward Cub Scout electives. Your day at the Zoo will encompass the “Nova Wild” portion of the NOVA award. Cub Scouts will explore the Saluda River ecosystem, learn about endangered species, watch a science movie in our theater and meet with a Zoo professional! Each level will have its own elective to complete at the Zoo. Do as little or as much as you want on Cub Scout Day! We hope you join us while we have a BLAST at Riverbanks!

*Cub Scouts: Please plan to bring your Cub Scout Handbook. Come prepared with two questions to ask a Zoo professional!

**Cub Scouts are not required to be at the Zoo the entire day. Participants are welcome to spend as little or as much time as they wish in the Zoo. A schedule of the daily Scout events will be sent out in advance to registered participants.

***Admission to the Zoo is NOT included in the program fee. Please buy your admission tickets in advance or at the gates, or use your Riverbanks membership.

COST: $15 per Child (Ages: 5–13).

April 2019

Saturday, April 6

Girl Scouts Journey: It’s Your Planet, Love it!
@ 9:00am–5:00pm (ages 5–13)

Are you ready to take a journey? Learn how to love your planet as you spend the day at Riverbanks. Your adventure at the Zoo will encompass the “It’s Your Planet, Love it!” journey. Girl Scouts will take a nature walk, learn about their human footprint on the planet and watch a science movie in our theater! Each level will have its own elective to complete at the Zoo. Do as little or as much as you want on Girl Scout Day! We hope you join us while we have a BLAST at Riverbanks!

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

**Girl Scouts are not required to be at the Zoo the entire day. Participants are welcome to spend as little or as much time as the wish in the Zoo. A schedule of the daily Girl Scout events will be sent out in advance to registered participants.

***Admission to the Zoo is NOT included in the program fee. Please buy your admission tickets in advance or at the gates, or use your Riverbanks membership.

COST: $15 per Child (Ages: 5–13).

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Scout Event Workshop Overnights

Scout Event Workshop 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.

  • Note :

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

  • Scheduled Dates and Times

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

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 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.

  • 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.

  • Scheduled Dates and Times

December 2018

Friday, December 14

Holiday Hoopla Girl Scout Overnight
@ 5:30pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Enjoy this new holiday adventure as an animal mystery is in play at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. Use your keen detective skills and sharp senses to discover what is “afoot” at the Zoo! We will squeeze in a few “cool” activities and crafts, and "wrap up" with a Holiday SWAP meet while working on various merit badge requirements. Your evening will also include keeper-led behind-the-scenes tours, marshmallow roasting and a self-guided walk through Lights Before Christmas. Admission to the park on the following day and breakfast are also included.
COST: $67/scout and $55/adult.

Saturday, December 15

Holiday Hoopla Girl Scout Overnight
@ 5:30pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Enjoy this new holiday adventure as an animal mystery is in play at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. Use your keen detective skills and sharp senses to discover what is “afoot” at the Zoo! We will squeeze in a few “cool” activities and crafts, and "wrap up" with a Holiday SWAP meet while working on various merit badge requirements. Your evening will also include keeper-led behind-the-scenes tours, marshmallow roasting and a self-guided walk through Lights Before Christmas. Admission to the park on the following day and breakfast are also included.
COST: $67/scout and $55/adult.

Register for Program

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.