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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 (updated to reflect the new 2016 BSA standards) at the Chicago Botanic Garden. All participants will take home a Chicago Botanic Garden patch. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes, at least half of each session will be outside (weather permitting).

Scout badge workshops will be held in the new Regenstein Learning Campus and are available to book on weekdays after school beginning Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Saturday availability for badge workshops begins on October 15, 2016. Book your Scout group’s badge workshop today by calling (847) 835-8239.

Tiger Cubs

The following programs are 90 minutes in length and can be run year-round. Winter and rainy day participants will visit the Chicago Botanic Garden's greenhouses. The deposit for this program is $120 and covers the cost of 10 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 is 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 as well as search for 3 signs of plants or animals on the hike. All Scouts will take home a plant and hike is weather permitting (greenhouses may be substituted).

Wolf Cubs

The following programs are 90 minutes in length and can be run year-round. Winter and rainy day participants will visit the Chicago Botanic Garden's greenhouses. The deposit for this program is $120 and covers the cost of 10 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 be bringing home seeds and journals in order to complete the observation requirements.

Bear Cubs

The following program is 90 minutes in length and can be run year-round. Winter and rainy day participants will visit the Chicago Botanic Garden's greenhouses. The deposit for this program is $120 and covers the cost of 10 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 in length and can be run year-round. Winter and rainy day participants will visit the Chicago Botanic Garden's greenhouses. The deposit for this program is $170 and covers the cost of 10 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 setup 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

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, programs can be 90 minutes or 2 hours.