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Boy/Cub Scout Programs

Boy/Cub Scout Programs

Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos are welcome to call and register for custom badge workshops at the Chicago Botanic Garden. All participants will take home a Chicago Botanic Garden patch and parking is included for all vehicles. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes. At least half of each session will be outside (weather permitting). Please remind your group to dress appropriately for the weather on the day of your workshop. Scout badge workshops are held on the Regenstein Learning Campus and are available to book on Tuesday to Friday after school and select Saturdays.

Book your Scout group’s badge workshop today by calling the program coordinator at (847) 835-8239.

Tiger Cubs

The following programs are 90 minutes long and run year-round. Winter and rainy-day participants may visit the Chicago Botanic Garden's Greenhouses. The deposit for this program is $125 and covers the cost of ten Scouts. Additional Scouts are $10 each.

TIger Adventure: Backyard Jungle
Tiger Cubs will talk about birds in their neighborhood and make a nest kit to help local birds build strong nests to lay eggs. We will take a hike to observe with both our eyes and our ears. All Scouts will take home a plant and hike, weather permitting (Greenhouses may be substituted).

Tiger Adventure: Tigers in the Wild
Tiger Cubs will review the Cub Scout Six Essentials for a hike, talk about how to be a good outdoor steward for plants and animals, and search for three signs of plants or animals on the hike. All Scouts will take home a plant and hike, weather permitting (Greenhouses may be substituted).

Wolf Cubs

The following programs are 90 minutes long and run year-round. Winter and rainy-day participants may visit the Chicago Botanic Garden's Greenhouses. The deposit for this program is $125 and covers the cost of ten Scouts. Additional Scouts are $10 each.

Wolf Adventure: Paws on the Path
Wolf Cubs will review the Cub Scout Six essentials, demonstrate that they are prepared to handle emergencies while out for a hike, and search for birds, insects, and animals in our area. All Scouts will hike outside, weather permitting.

Wold Elective Adventure: Grow Something
Wolf Cubs will plant seeds, build a terrarium, and learn about what a plant needs in order to survive in our area. Scouts will bring home seeds and journals in order to complete the observation requirements.

Bear Cubs

Bear Cubs The following program is 90 minutes long and runs year-round. Winter and rainy day participants may visit the Chicago Botanic Garden's Greenhouses. The deposit for this program is $125 and covers the cost of ten Scouts. Additional Scouts are $10 each.

Bear Adventure: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns
Bear Cubs will look for signs of animal life on a hike, observe nature using a magnifying glass, and discuss endangered and extinct species. All Scouts will plant an herb or vegetable to take home.

Webelos

The following programs are two hours long and run year-round. Winter and rainy-day participants may visit the Chicago Botanic Garden's Greenhouses. The deposit for this program is $180 and covers the cost of ten Scouts. Additional Scouts are $15 each.

Webelos/AOL (Arrow of Light) Elective Adventure: into the Wild
Webelos will complete five of nine requirements in the workshop, as well as set up a bird log and identification to finish over the course of a week at home (satisfying the BSA provision) during this two-hour workshop. Activities will include making a terrarium and discussing food chains.

Webelos/AOL (Arrow of Light) Elective Adventure: Into the Woods (Fall Only)
Webelos will complete all the requirements for the Into the Woods badge during this two-hour workshop. Activities will include a discussion of dendrochronology and learning to identify common trees.

Custom Programs

Custom Programs Looking for something different? Contact the Scout Program Coordinator at (847) 835-8239 for details on custom programs where you get to create the badge requirements! Special fees apply, and programs can be 90 minutes or two hours.