Scout Programs

Dauphin County Parks and Recreation embraces the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. Our program educates scouts about nature and the environment. We encourage all scouts to look into our programs and workshops for different levels. We offer a variety of programs on topics such wonderful water, hiking, animals, plants and leave no trace.

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WILDWOOD PARK SCOUT PROGRAMS
Wildwood Park's 229 acres of shallow lake, marsh, stream, field, and forest, along with 6 miles of trails and a modern nature center provide the perfect setting for learning and badge-related activities.

General Program Information
*All Scout workshops are open to Scouts from any troop or pack.
*Please bring your own lunch and wear shoes and clothes appropriate for outside activities and the weather that day.
*Registration is now online! Click here to register now.  Many of these programs fill early. 

Brownies: Bugs & Hiker
Saturday, September 21                               10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Wildwood Park                                                   $10 per scout
Explore the world of bugs and discover their important roles in our environment and work on the hiker badge, as well!  Scouts will take time to discuss and plan their short hike, while examining insect habitats and taking a closer look at the diverse creatures that make Wildwood their home. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

Girl Scouts- Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, & Seniors: Outdoor Art
Saturday, October 5                                     10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wildwood Park                                                $10 per scout
Each year Wildwood Park hosts artists who create art along our trails. Examine Art in the Wild pieces, meet an artist, take a hike for inspiration and create your own outdoor art to fulfill most, if not all, requirements for your appropriate badge level (Creator, Apprentice, Explore & Expert Badges). Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

Webelos: Into the Woods
Saturday, October 19                                   10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wildwood Park                                                 $10 per scout
Did you ever wonder what the woods would be like without trees? Discover the many wood products we use every day, and the important role trees play in our environment. Explore the growth rings of a tree trunk to tell its life story and learn to identify native trees as we hike the park. Then, make a plan to care for a plant, take it home and plant it! Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

Juniors: Animal Habitats
Saturday, November 16                                10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Wildwood Park                                                  $10 per scout
During this program, scouts will discover the diverse wildlife of Wildwood Park while exploring their habitats. Scouts will also examine endangered habitats and brainstorm ways to conserve them. A craft and tips for improving habitat are included. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events

Cadettes: Night Owl
Saturday, January 18                                     4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wildwood Park                                                 $10 per scout
Night has captured human imagination since the dawn of time. As day turns to night, scouts will explore Wildwood, discover the myths of the stars and moon and learn about adaptations of night animals. Turn out the lights, tune in your senses, and step out into the night! Please bring a drink, snack and a light dinner. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Two dates are offered for this program please only choose one. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

Cadettes: Night Owl
Saturday, February 22                                  4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wildwood Park                                                 $10 per scout
Night has captured human imagination since the dawn of time. As day turns to night, scouts will explore Wildwood, discover the myths of the stars and moon and learn about adaptations of night animals. Turn out the lights, tune in your senses, and step out into the night! Please bring a drink, snack and a light dinner. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Two dates are offered for this program please only choose one. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

Boy and Girl Scout- Juniors, Webelos and Higher: Leave No Trace
Saturday, March 7                                        10:30 am to 2:00 pm
Wildwood Park                                              $10 per scout
Leave No Trace is a program designed to explore important outdoor skills and wilderness etiquette. Scouts will be able to properly identify trail markers, discuss several ways to minimize their impact on the environment, and learn what kind of gear to bring with them on a trip. Scouts will also examine the 7 principles of Leave No Trace and the techniques behind them. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

Juniors: Geocache
Saturday, March 21                                      10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wildwood Park                                               $10 per scout
Discover the excitement of geocaching! With this program, scouts will learn how to use a GPS and explore the basics, as well as the etiquette, of geocaching. Scouts will then take a geocache adventure through Wildwood. To complete the day, scouts will create a “make to swap” craft. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Two dates are offered for this program please only choose one. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

Bears: Fur, Feathers, and Ferns
Saturday, March 28                                      10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wildwood Park                                                $10 per scout
Why are some animals endangered or extinct? In this adventure, scouts will explore the fascinating world of wild communities and take a hike to search for signs of the diverse plants and animals that live at Wildwood Park! Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Two dates are offered for this program please only choose one. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

Juniors: Geocache
Saturday, May 16                                          10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wildwood Park                                              $10 per scout
Discover the excitement of geocaching! With this program, scouts will learn how to use a GPS and explore the basics, as well as the etiquette, of geocaching.  Scouts will then take a geocache adventure through Wildwood. To complete the day, scouts will create a “make to swap” craft. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. Two dates are offered for this program please only choose one. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.

Brownies: Wonderful Water
Saturday, June 6                                           10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Wildwood Park                                             $10 per scout
Imagine being a drop of water as it travels from cloud to stream to ocean! During this program, scouts will explore the water-cycle through hands-on activities and take a short hike to follow a stream as it flows into the wetland. Scouts will also explore a stream to discover the small creatures that live in the water. After discussing the importance of water and conservation, scouts will choose specific ways they can help conserve water. Wear closed-toed shoes for hiking and bring water shoes or old sneakers for the stream. No flip-flops. Pack a towel and a change of clothes. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Register at www.wildwoodlake.org/events.