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. 

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Bugs
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Explore the world of insects and discover their important roles in our environment. Scouts will examine insect habitats while on a short hike and take a closer look at these amazing

creatures by catching and identifying bugs at Wildwood. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes.

Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes & Seniors
New Outdoor Art: Creator, 
Apprentice, and Explore Badges
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Each year Wildwood Park hosts artists who create art in the wild. Examine Art in the Wild pieces, meet an artist, take a hike for inspiration, then create your own art to help fulfill requirements for the appropriate badge.  Join us for this fun, across scout-level program. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. 

 Wolves: 
Paws on the Path
Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Before Wolves can put their paws on the path they must be prepared.   Determine the skills needed for hiking and the essential items to pack for short and long hikes. Then, take a hike and discover the birds and insects that live at Wildwood. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes

Tigers
New  My Tiger Jungle
Saturday, November 3, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Take an adventure into the park to discover the plants and animals that live in Wildwood’s wetland and forest habitats.   A hike will provide the opportunity to see many different plants and animals.  Then, use a magnifying glass to get a closer look at a smaller, mini-habitat. What animals and plants live in a 1-foot area of the park? Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. 

Juniors
Animal Habitats
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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 in their own backyards will be included. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes.

 Cadettes
Night Owl
Saturday, January 19, 2019
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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. Learn about the adaptations of night animals. Turn out the lights, tune in your senses, and step out into the night! Please bring a drink, snack and dinner. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes.

Webelos
Into the Wild
Saturday February 16, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Explore the wild and discover the importance of wetlands-even in the winter! A diverse community of wildlife live in Wildwood. How do they survive the winter?  Scouts will improve wildlife watching, classification and identification skills and use these skills as they hike and explore Wildwood in the winter. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes. If snow is on the ground, please wear snow boots.

Open to Boy and Girl Scouts
Juniors, Webelos and higher
Leave No Trace
Saturday, March 9, 2019
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Leave No Trace is a program designed for students to learn 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.

Bears
Fur, Feathers, & Ferns
Saturday, March 16, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Why are some animals endangered or extinct? In this adventure, scouts will examine the fascinating world of plants and animals and take a hike to search for signs of wild plant and animals that live at Wildwood! Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes.

Juniors  
Geocache
Saturday March 23, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Discover the excitement of geocaching. With this program, scouts will learn how to use a GPS and explore the basics, and etiquette, of geocaching.  Scouts will then take a geocache adventure through Wildwood. To complete the day, scout 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.

Webelos
Into the Woods
Saturday, April 6, 2019 
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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.  Learn to identify native trees as we hike the park and develop a plan to care for a plant and then 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.

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Hiker
Saturday May 18, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

 Did you know that there are trail symbols you can make with just rocks or sticks to help others stay on the trail or to warn them of danger? During this Wildwood adventure, scouts will learn about hiking safety and take a hike to explore the park.  Then they will learn about trail symbols and create their own trail for others to follow.  safety during a hike and then make their own trail for others to follow during this Wildwood adventure! Please bring a drink, snack and lunch. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities and wear sneakers or other closed-toed shoes.

Brownies
Wonderful Water
Saturdays, June 1, 2019
10:00 am - 1:30 pm 

Imagine being a drop of water traveling from clouds to creek to animals to stream and 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 Wildwood’s wetland.  Scouts will become biologists as they go into the stream to collect and examine the small creatures that live in Wildwood’s stream.  After discussing the importance of water and conservation, scouts will choose specific ways they can help conserve water. Scouts will get wet, so please wear water shoes or old sneakers to wear I the water and pack a towel and change of clothes. Please bring a drink, snack and lunch.