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.

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.

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.

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.

Location: Determined based on program topic selected.

Scheduled Dates and Times: Call 803.602.0803 to ask about available dates and times. Programs are approximately 1 hour.

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 towards Cub Scout Electives and Achievements. Based on registered troop level, the program will cover : Tigers — Backyard Jungle #1, 2, and 5; Tigers in the Wild #4, 6, and 7; Wolf — Call of the Wild #3; Paws on the Path #6 and 7; Council Fire #5a and b; Grow Something #3; Code of the Wolf #2a, and Spirit of Water #1 and 2. Bear — Fur, Feather and Fern #1–6; Paws for Action #1b, 3a; Webelos — Adventures in Science #1; 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 : 1–5 of Senses and 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.

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.

Location: Determined based on program topic selected.

Scheduled Dates and Times: Call 803.602.0803 to ask about available dates and times. Programs are approximately 2 hours.

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

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:

December 2017

Friday, December 8

Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo!
@ 5:30–7:30pm
Earn credit towards badge requirements and journeys during our most popular Girl Scouts Night Out. Participants will have an opportunity to make presents for their pets plus those animals without a home for Christmas. The interactive evening also includes animal encounters, a SWAP meet, a self-guided journey enjoying Lights Before Christmas and more.
Cost: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult. NOTE: This is the workshop price not the overnight.

Saturday, December 9

Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo!
@ 5:30–7:30pm
Earn credit towards badge requirements and journeys during our most popular Girl Scouts Night Out. Participants will have an opportunity to make presents for their pets plus those animals without a home for Christmas. The interactive evening also includes animal encounters, a SWAP meet, a self-guided journey enjoying Lights Before Christmas and more.
Cost: $22 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $10 per Adult. NOTE: This is the workshop price not the overnight.

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:

December 2017

Friday, December 8

Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo Girl Scout Overnight
@ 5:15pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Come see the Zoo in a different light — with nearly one million twinkling lights! There will be plenty to see and lots to do! Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo is a fun-filled evening of crafts, animal encounters and activities that will earn credits towards your badge requirements and journeys. We will be making gifts for your pets at home and those furry friends without a home for Christmas (maybe even one for you too)! The wildest night ever will begin with a SWAPs meet, squeeze in a few “cool” activities, include a Holly Jolly Night Hike, where you will enjoy Lights Before Christmas, roast marshmallows, and sneak a peek behind the scenes with our keepers before heading to bed for the night!
Cost: $60 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $50 per Adult.

Saturday, December 9

Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo Girl Scout Overnight
@ 5:15pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Come see the Zoo in a different light — with nearly one million twinkling lights! There will be plenty to see and lots to do! Gift-A-Paloo-Zoo is a fun-filled evening of crafts, animal encounters and activities that will earn credits towards your badge requirements and journeys. We will be making gifts for your pets at home and those furry friends without a home for Christmas (maybe even one for you too)! The wildest night ever will begin with a SWAPs meet, squeeze in a few “cool” activities, include a Holly Jolly Night Hike, where you will enjoy Lights Before Christmas, roast marshmallows, and sneak a peek behind the scenes with our keepers before heading to bed for the night!
Cost: $60 per Scout/Child (Ages: 5–13) / $50 per Adult.

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:

November 2017

Saturday, November 18

Girl Scout Overnight: Lights Before Christmas
@ 6:45pm until 9:00am the next day (ages 5–adult ONLY)
Surviving winter is no easy task. Join other small Girl Scout troops for a fun-filled adventure as we uncover winter adaptations that local wildlife use to overcoming the challenges of cold weather and little food. Participants will take away some fun ideas on how to reuse household items and help animals in their own backyard. Program also includes an hour in the park to enjoy Lights Before Christmas. *This program is reserved for females only and requires a minimum of 25 registered participants to hold the program as scheduled.
Cost: $50 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.

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