Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-8702
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon,
Executive Director

Park Authority Scouting

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Pre-work information is on each individual site's page below.

Burke Lake Park Scout Programs

Boy Scout merit badges are offered that fulfill most of the badge requirements. Certified merit badge counselors will work with your scout to fulfill the remainder of the badge activities.

Clark House Scout Programs

Boy Scout merit badges are offered that fulfill most badge requirements. Certified merit badge counselors from Hidden Oaks Nature Center will work with your scout to fulfill the remainder of the badge activities. Girl Scout troops may schedule their Sow What Journey here.

Colvin Run Mill Scouting Adventures

Colvin Run Mill Historic Site offers Girl Scout programs by reservation. Troops are invited to sign up for prescheduled programs advertised in Parktakes or to call and schedule a time. Not all journeys can be completed in one session. Call 703-759-2771 for information and reservations.

Cub Run Scout Programs

Cub Run offers Girl Scout, Scout BSA and Cub Scout programs. Scouts are invited to sign up for scheduled programs advertised in Partakes. If these scheduled classes don’t work for you, we can arrange a time and program that does. Call to arrange a program for your den or troop. Cub Run offers most badges that pertain to science or nature. Call Chris Malm at 703-817-9407 for details and scheduling.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Scouting Adventures

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park 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. Leaders can check out a pack and help their scouts earn a badge. For information and reservations, call 703-631-0013.

Frying Pan Farm Park Scouting Adventures

Frying Pan hosts programs for scouts. 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.

Green Spring Gardens Scouting Adventures

Green Spring Gardens hosts scout programs in which scouts explore and learn in the park’s Horticulture Center, Historic House, Glasshouse, gardens and native woodland habitat.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center Scouting Adventures

Hidden Oaks naturalists offer a variety of scouting program, project and activity options for all levels, including Cub Scout and Webelo Adventures, Girl Scout Journeys and badge programs. Boy Scout merit badge programs fulfill most of the requirements. Certified merit badge counselors work with scouts to fulfill the remainder of the badge activities.

Hidden Pond Nature Center Scouting Adventures

Girl Scout and Boy Scout badge programs are available at Hidden Pond Nature Center. These programs are arranged and led by Hidden Pond staff and are conducted at the park site.

Huntley Meadows Scouting Adventures

Troops are invited to call and schedule a time to work on badges. Not all badges can be completed in one session. Programs are available on both weekdays and weekends and last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Programs may be shortened due to bad weather. Please call the Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center at 703-768-2525.

Lake Fairfax Scout Programs

Scouts BSAmerit badges are offered that fulfill most badge requirements. Certified merit badge counselors work with your scout to fulfill the remainder of the badge activities. Contact Alan.Marr@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-471-5414.

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Mount Vernon RECenter Scouts

Mt. Vernon RECenter offers six merit badge programs for ages 11 to 17. For more information or to schedule your next scout program, call Sandy Kellogg at 703-768-3224.

Riverbend Park Scouting Adventures

Riverbend Park offers a variety of badge and Journey programs for Girl Scouts; badge programs for Bears, Webelos and Wolf scouts; and Scouts BSA merit badge programs.

Sully Historic Site Scouting Adventures

Sully Historic Site offers a variety of programs for Boy and Girl Scouts of all ages and interests, including cooking in an open hearth kitchen and learning to weave. These hands-on programs meet most scout requirements. Programs are one to two hours long and are offered on weekends and weekdays. The cost depends on the length of the class and supplies.

Turner Farm Scout Program

Turner Farm Park hosts astronomy adventures that fulfil most of the requirements for the Astronomy Merit Badge. These programs offer an opportunity for scouts to explore the skies through the equipment at Observatory Park at Turner Farm.