Scout Programs

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation offers many programs and services for Boy and Girl Scout troops year-round. With nine parks throughout the county, we offer many wonderful places for scout troops to visit and explore. Scout troops of all sizes can also camp in Central Park at the Mill Creek Camping Area.

Best of all, our Naturalists can lead interactive presentations for troops of all ages about nature, the environment, science, survival, and more at the Environmental Center in Central Park or any location in the county. They can also lead hikes, as well as help with badges, belt loops, and other award programs. For more information, view the Opportunities for Girl Scouts Brochure and the Opportunities for Boy Scouts Brochure.

Scout Badges
Boy and Girl Scouts at every level can enjoy fun, hands-on programs that help them to complete the requirements for various nature and science badges. Our staff of naturalists can conduct programs at a troop's regular meeting site anywhere in the county, or troops can visit the Environmental Center in Central Park for a customized program.

Girl Scout Badges
Naturalists can conduct programs that meet some* or all of the requirements for the following Girl Scout Badges.

Brownies:
  • Home Scientist
  • Senses
  • Love Maple Syrup
  • Hiker
  • Letterboxing
  • Bugs
  • Potter*
  • Making Games*
  • Painting*
  • Celebrating
  • Community*
Juniors:
  • Gardener
  • Jeweler
  • Detective
  • Camper
  • Geocacher
  • Animal Habitats
  • Flowers
  • Staying Fit*
  • Drawing*
  • Girl Scout Way*
Cadettes & Seniors:
  • All About Birds
  • Backpacking
  • Camping
  • Digging Through the Past
  • Eco-Action
  • From Shore to Sea
  • Hi-Tech Hide and Seek
  • High Adventure
  • Orienteering
  • Outdoor Survival
  • Plant Life
  • Wildlife
  • Paddle, Pole and Row
GSHPA Patch Programs: Our team can assist girls in meeting all of the requirements for these
multi-level patches below -   
  • Backyard Astronomer
  • Love Maple Syrup
  • Gone Fishing
  • Watch the Birdie

Boy Scout Badges

Naturalists can conduct programs for Boy Scouts on the following topics. For Webelos and Boy Scouts, naturalists' programs can even meet some* or all of the requirements for listed badges.

Tiger Cubs Topics:
  • Animals
  • Conservation
  • Discovery Hikes
  • Trees
  • Weather
Bobcats & Wolves Topics:
  • Birds
  • Fishing
  • Knots
  • Native Americans
  • Wildlife
Bears Topics:
  • Bird Box Construction
  • Map Reading
  • Nature Crafts
  • Orienteering
  • Wildlife
Webelos Activity Badges:
  • Forester
  • Geologist
  • Naturalist
  • Outdoorsman*
  • Scientist
Boy Scout Badges:
  • Astronomy
  • Bird Study
  • Botany*
  • Camping*
  • Environmental Science
  • Fish & Wildlife Management
  • Fishing/ Fly Fishing
  • Forestry
  • Gardening*
  • Geology
  • Indian Lore*
  • Insect Study*
  • Mammal Study
  • Nature
  • Oceanography*
  • Orienteering*
  • Pioneering*
  • Plant Science*
  • Reptile & Amphibian Study
  • Soil & Water Conservation
  • Space Exploration*
  • Weather
  • Wilderness Survival*
Naturalists can also assist Boy Scouts with meeting the requirements for the Hornaday Award and Leave-No-Trace training. Additionally, with special approval from the Department of Parks and Recreation executive director, opportunities may also exist for Boy Scouts to conduct Eagle Scout projects within the Lancaster County Park System.