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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.

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). 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.

  • 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.

  • 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: 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 — 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.

  • 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.

March 2018

Saturday, March 24

Magnificent Mammals
@ 1:00–3:00pm
Some of our favorite animals tend to be those with fur or hair — the mammals! Come explore more about why mammals are so unique, learn about local and exotic species, and see what you can do to help our furry friends! The program, designed for grades 6–12, will help Scouts gain knowledge and understanding for the Boy Scouts Mammal Study merit badge. However, you do not have to be a Scout to attend.

Register for Program

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

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

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 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 take home a free Riverbanks souvenir cup.

  • 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

April 2018

Saturday, April 28

Girl Scout Overnight: Riverbanks Camping 101
@ 6:00pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Come set up a tent and sleep under the stars at Waterfall Junction this spring! Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to learn some basic camping skills including leaving no trace principles, solar ovens, camping gear and more at the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Learning Center. This program will work towards earning parts of the following badges: Cabin Camper and Eco Camper. Four-person tents and foam mats will be provided. Dinner, snack, breakfast and admission for the park on the day following the event are included in ticket price. *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.

May 2018

Friday, May 4

Girl Scout Overnight: Night Creatures
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult)
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! Enjoy free admission to the Zoo following the overnight program! *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.

June 2018

Saturday, June 2

Girl Scout Overnight: Night Creatures
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult)
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! Enjoy free admission to the Zoo following the overnight program! *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.

Register for Program

Although these programs are developed to meet Scout requirements, all Scout groups, youth 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.