Natural science programs or badge activities led by LVNC staff are available! A 90-minute program will satisfy many of the requirements for a given badge or achievement. Please fill out a Scout Program Request Form to start your reservation process.
Scout Group Reservation Information
- Boy Scout programs for Tiger Cubs, Wolf, Bear and Webelos.
- Group programs (except camping programs) are 90 minutes long.
- Camping programs are 2 hours (with an additional fee). The Nature Program Coordinator will arrange this extra time with your group before the outing.
- Groups must provide a minimum of one (1) chaperone for every ten (10) children.
- Camping and fishing programs are a minimum of one (1) chaperone for every five (5) children.
- Chaperones are free.
- Signed waiver required for each participant.
- Regular programs: $75 for first ten (10) children. $6/additional child
- Camping programs: $110 for first ten (10) children. $6/additional child
- Base fee ($75 or $110 depending on program) required at time of reservation.
- Additional children will be charged for at the time of the outing.
- Cancellations must be made at least two (2) weeks prior to reservation date. Refunds will not be given after.
- Any questions? Contact Laura Saletta at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tigers in the Wild
Learn the "Leave No Trace" principles for kids and the "Cub Scout Six Essentials" for a hike and go on a scavenger hunt around the lake. Each scout should bring a water bottle.
Practice binocular skills while on a nature hike looking for birds, bugs, and other living things.
Paws on the Path: Hiking Fun
Discuss hiking safety, "Leave No Trace" principles for kids, and the "Cub Scout Six Essentials" for a hike.
Call of the Wild (camping program, available Apr-Oct)
Learn about camping equipment and fire safety. Enjoy a campfire at our campfire circle and make s’mores. Practice the overhand knot and square knot.
Fishing (available Apr-Oct)
Learn to bait a hook, cast, and fish safely in our stocked lake. Identify some common fish species and learn about Illinois fishing laws.
Fur, Feathers, and Ferns
Discuss wildlife conservation, extinction, and composting. Use binoculars and magnifying glasses on a hike.
Bear Necessities (camping program, available Apr-Oct)
Put up a tent and learn about camping equipment and fire safety. Practice the two half hitches knot. Learn how to read a thermometer and barometer. Prepare a meal over the campfire and clean up afterwards. (Note: The den will need to plan and purchase the meal).
Poisonous Plants and Animals
Learn about poisonous plants and animals. Meet a few snakes (non-venomous) and compare them to venomous species found in the wild.
Into the Wild
Learn birdwatching basics and go on a one-mile nature hike. Discuss the balance of nature and the importance of aquatic ecosystems.
Into the Woods
Learn about forests and trees, and uses for wood. Identify common local trees and plants, and investigate tree rings