Scout Programs

“Badge in a Day” Programs

Looking for a fun way to earn a badge (or Elective or Award, etc.) while visiting one of your scouts’ favorite places? Then explore our new programs offered to scouts. Your scouts will have a great time discovering zoo animals and learning along the way!  Each program meets all requirements for the intended badge, unless otherwise noted.  Our scout programs incorporate many exciting and interactive ways for children to earn their badges. While here, your scouts may enjoy:

  • Animal meet-and-greets, with the opportunity to touch most animals
  • Informative and intriguing PowerPoint presentations
  • Crafts, games, and other hands-on activities
  • A tour of certain zoo exhibits

Please note, due to the Zoo Boo event needs, we cannot book Badge programs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October.

Cost

  • $5 per scout or sibling participant (in addition to zoo admission)
    • For Badge programs with multiple sessions, when Sessions 1 & 2 are scheduled on the same-day, the price is $8 per scout (which includes both sessions)
  • Adults must pay admission to the zoo
    • We recommend a ratio of no more than 1 adult per 5 scouts; unless your group has fewer than 10 scouts total, in which case you may bring up to three adults
  • Minimum of $25 per program (or $40 minimum for sessions 1 & 2 on the same day)

Length

  • Approximately two hours per session

To Register

  • Call 920-662-2405 or email education@newzoo.org
  • *Please note: the zoo reserves the right to schedule other troops/dens/etc. at the same time for the same program, in order to accommodate our maximum number of scouts. This also means you do not have to pay the minimum program fee if you have fewer than five scouts AND we have another group scheduled with you at the same time.

Before you Book

  • Take a look at our “Before You Book” Handbook, to ensure programs will meet your expectations and that you are planning for seasonal programs appropriately.

Boy Scout Program Options

Cub Scouts: Bear Level

Fur, Feathers, and Ferns – Adventure (Required for Bears)

Scouts will have an adventure while taking a close-up look at animals AND plants found at the zoo.  We’ll learn what has caused some species to become extinct or endangered in the wild.  While on a tour of the zoo, we’ll learn about signs animals leave behind.  Scouts will even plant seeds of their own while we learn about composting.
TWO Sessions are required to complete this Adventure at the NEW Zoo.  (Program meets all requirements in two sessions)

We are hosting a Fur, Feathers & Ferns Workshop on Saturday, November 18th, starting at 9:30am, and again on Saturday, January 27th, starting at 9:30am. If you’d like to join us for either date, please email us today!

Cub Scouts: Webelos Level

Into the Wild – Arrow of Light Elective Adventure

In this program, scouts will bring out their WILD sides as we play a bird migration game and become important pieces in a food chain.  During our zoo tour, we’ll learn about animals’ natural habitats and talk about the importance of certain habitats, like wetlands, and the impacts humans have on them.
TWO Sessions are required to complete this Adventure at the NEW Zoo. (Program meets all requirements in two sessions)

Into the Woods – Arrow of Light Elective Adventure

Scouts will grow their knowledge of plants as we discover the important roles plants play in the environment by “becoming” a tree ourselves.  We will take a look at what trees are found at the zoo, and the many ways wildlife use them.  Caring for plants can be hard work, and we’ll make sure the scouts are ready for the challenge before we send them home with a seed of their own to plant.  (Meets all requirements)

Girl Scout Program Options

Daisy Level: Journey Book “5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals”

Birdbath Award

In the first award of this Journey, scouts will meet animals and tour the zoo while learning about what they need to survive. We’ll learn how to safely interact with animals and discuss they are similar to humans. Scouts will also make bird baths and an animal mural to take home! (Meets all requirements)

We are hosting a Birdbath Award workshop on Sunday, November 5th, starting at 1pm. To join us, email us today!

Brownie Level:

Bug Badge

Butterflies, bees, and bugs, OH MY!  During this program, scouts will find out what makes a bug, a bug, and create their own bug to take home.  We’ll go on a bug hunt to discover our own backyard bugs and the different places they can live.  (Meets all requirements)

We are hosting a Bugs Badge workshop on Wednesday, April 18th starting at 3:30pm. To join us, email us today!

Pets Badge

In this program, scouts will find out which animals can make good pets and learn how to keep them clean and comfortable. We will also learn what it takes to clean up after them, as the scouts clean in our Children’s Zoo! Participants will create enrichment for pets and zoo animals alike, and learn how to schedule feedings for different types of animals! (Meets all requirements)

We are hosing a Pets Badge workshop on Saturday, November 4th at 9:30am. To join us, email us today!

Junior Level:

Animal Habitats Badge

Come learn all about where animals live! Scouts will learn about the adaptations animals in different habitats have and how some habitats are endangered. We will also tour the zoo and engage in animal observation, learn about the “homes” animal parents make for their babies, and help organize a habitat clean up! (Scouts will need to complete a “habitat improvement” project after the zoo program to meet all requirements)

We are hosting an Animal Habitats Badge workshop on Sunday, February 11th, starting at 1:30pm. To join us, email us today!

Cadette Level:

Animal Helpers Badge

Scouts will become Animal Helpers! We will learn about how keeping and caring for an animal can help someone emotionally and how animals can help people with disabilities. Scouts will tour the zoo and learn how some animals have altered human history.  Participants will also hear stories of animal heroes and how some animals unique abilities could help us in the future.  (Meets all requirements)

 

 

 

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