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Scout Programs in the Parks


Scouts and Parks - A Natural Fit Scouting programs have evolved over the years, and the Park Authority is keeping pace with the latest trends. Journey and badge programs are available for Girl Scouts and you'll find everything from environmental workshops to skill based programs that tie in with the Boy Scouts' merit badge requirements.

New courses are being offered each term and have been getting rave reviews. Tailored scouting programs are also available by request.

Scouts can complete some or all the requirements for badges at Fairfax County Park Authority nature centers, historic sites, working farm and RECenters.

To schedule a time just for your troop pick a program from our scouting menus.

Girl Scout Menu
Girl Scout Menu
Boy Scout Menu
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Help with the Journey Introducing "Help with the Journey" Girl Scout programs! Come check out our Journey programs. Each program is different and features three or more activities from the journey books to help your girls on their way to learning, sharing, and doing! Look for the foot prints Icon for sites offering Journey programs.

Be sure to click the calendar icon Calendar to visit a site's specific page for more details about availability.

 

Clark House

Boy Scouts

Boy Scout merit badges are offered that fulfill most of the requirements and certified merit badge counselors from Hidden Oaks Nature Center will work with your scout to fulfill the remainder of the badge activities. Contact suzanne.holland@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-941-1065.

Click the links below to download requirements and pre-work information for merit badges offered at this site:

Cub Run RECenter

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Troops are invited to sign up for prescheduled programs advertised in Parktakes or call and schedule a time for their troop to work on their badges. Not all badges can be completed in one session. Sessions may be scheduled for after school times, or Saturdays or Sundays. Call Chris Malm at 703-817-9407 for details and scheduling.

Click the links below to download requirements and pre-work information for merit badges offered at Cub Run RECenter:

Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

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Troops are invited to sign up for prescheduled programs advertised in Parktakes or call and schedule a time for their troop to work on their badges. Not all badges can be completed in one session. Call 703-759-2771 for information and reservations.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

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Ellanor C. Lawrence Park now offers self-guided Badge Packs for Jr. Girl Scouts, Brownies and Webelos, complete with badge requirements, suggested hikes, activities and natural history information. Packs are available for a $12 rental fee and may be reserved in advance. Leaders are encouraged to check out a pack and help their scouts earn a badge. For more information and reservations, call 703-631-0013.

Click the links below to download requirements and pre-work information for merit badges offered at this site:

Frying Pan Farm Park

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Troops are invited to sign up for prescheduled programs advertised in Parktakes or call and schedule a time for their troop to work on their badges. Not all badges can be completed in one session. Call 703-437-9101 for details.

Click the links below to download requirements and pre-work information for merit badges offered at Frying Pan Farm Park:

Green Spring Gardens

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Call the Children's Program Coordinator at 703-642-5173 for information about the scout programs offered at this horticultural park and historic site.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center

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Located conveniently just inside the Beltway in Annandale, Hidden Oaks naturalists offer a wide variety of scouting program, project and activity options for all levels of girl and boy scouts. Register for a scheduled program or arrange a separate program for your group for 12 or more scouts. Girl scouts can "take a side trip" on their journeys with a science-themed program tailored to their troop's interests and needs. Hidden Oaks also offers many badge programs as well.

For Boy Scouts, naturalists offer a range of badge, achievement or trail elective programs that fulfill the requirements up through the WEBELOS rank. Boy Scout merit badges averaging 3-4 hours fulfill most of the requirements and certified merit badge counselors will work with your scout to fulfill the remainder of the badge activities.

Both boy and girl scouts are invited to have their group join public programs including campfires, Fearless Fest, Hidden Oaks Treasure Hunt and others ranging from tea parties to Venomous Snakes & Poisonous Plants. Hidden Oaks' classroom may be rented for troop or pack events with an option for a naturalist presentation. Contract for a naturalist to bring live animals or another program to your next meeting! Contact suzanne.holland@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-941-1065. Check Hidden Oaks scout menu for this quarter's offerings. Reservations and advanced payment for scouts and their siblings required.

Click the links below to download requirements and pre-work information for merit badges offered at this site:

Hidden Pond Nature Center

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Boy and Girl Scout badge programs are now available upon request on select Mondays from 2-6 pm, Thursdays from 4-7 pm, Fridays from 6-8 pm, and the first Saturday of every month from 9am-12pm.

These programs will be arranged and run by Hidden Pond staff, but can be requested at any of the following sites: Laurel Hill/Lorton (weekends only), Stone Mansion (weekdays only), or Hidden Pond.

Programs cost $6 per hour for each scout. Campfires for evening programs are $1.00 per scout.

Contact Mike McCaffrey or Kimberly Schauer at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 703-451-9588 to schedule a program.

Click the links below to download requirements and pre-work information for merit badges offered at this site:

Huntley Meadows Park/Historic Huntley

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Troops are invited to call and schedule a time for their troop to work on their badges. Not all badges can be completed in one session. Programs are available on both weekdays and weekends and last approximately 1½ hours (programs may be shortened due to bad weather). Please call the Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center at 703-768-2525.

Click the links below to download requirements and pre-work information for merit badges offered at this site:

Riverbend Park

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Riverbend Park offers a variety of badge and Journey programs for Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts; badge programs for Bears, Webelos and Wolf scouts; and merit badge programs. Park also offers astronomy/skywatching events for Scouts. Visit the park website or call the park at 703-759-9018 for more information and reservations.

Click the links below to download requirements and pre-work information for merit badges offered at this site:

Sully Historic Site

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Sully Historic Site offers a variety of badge programs for Boy and Girls Scouts of all ages and interests, including cooking in an open hearth kitchen and learning how to weave. For more information or to schedule your next scout program, call (703) 437-1794.

Merit Badges are trademarks of the Boy Scouts of America. Used with permission.

ADA Accessibility Statement FCPA is committed to nondiscrimination in all programs, services, and activities. Special accommodations/alternative information formats will be provided upon request. Please call the information number 703-324-8563 at least 10 working days in advance of the registration deadline or event. TTY 703-803-3354.

Scouts are invited to sign up for our prescheduled programs listed in Parktakes Online. New program coding allows online search of scheduled programs, individual online registration, and group registration by phone (703-222-4664). See current listings below:


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