“Scouting rises within you and inspires you to put forth your best.”- Juliette Gordon Low Riverbend helps scouts develop an active appreciation for nature through our many tailored programs. From badge programs to service days to overnights spent at our center, Riverbend offers plenty of options to help scouts along their path!
Girl Scouts of the USA stress the development of important qualities including leadership, strong values and social conscience. Riverbend is committed to offering hands-on, nature-based STEM programs designed for girls.
Programs are geared toward helping Brownies have a positive experience in nature. Whether it's through making a s'more, learning recycling basics or catching a frog at our pond, Brownies will experience the delight of being outside!
- Nature's Senses: Discover the natural world as we touch, taste, smell, hear and see the wonders that are all around us.
- Hit the Trail: Get ready, get set, now hike! Learn about trail safety and so much more as we hike the trails of Riverbend.
- Insect Exploration: Let’s explore Riverbend’s many habitats as we learn about bugs -- the good, the bad, and the not so cute.
Confidence-building through exploration is a part of being a Junior Girl Scout. Riverbend's badge programs will help Juniors develop their knowledge of the outdoors through wildlife study & identification, outdoor exploration and nature crafts.
- Habitat Exploration: Explore Riverbend as we learn about local wildlife and what animals need to survive in their habitat.
- Riverbend by Night: Nature is very different at night; explore what animals and people are doing when the sun goes down.
- Tall Tall Trees: From the top of their branches to tips of their roots, trees help us in so many ways. Let’s explore some local trees and find out why they are so important.
Night Hike & Campfire Social
Riverbend staff will lead your scouts on a safe and educational night hike that may include wildlife observation and sensory experiences. Afterward, you can lead your group in skits, storytelling and songs while toasting marshmallows over the fire.
Big Red Barn Overnight
Spend the night in our fully refurbished 1923 Snider Barn! Your troop can enjoy roasting marshmallows outside around a campfire, and can opt to participate in a night hike for badge work. For the especially adventurous, we offer the option of tent-camping in our field. **
**Riverbend does not provide food or camping equipment
Our Service Day option offers troops the opportunity to give back to nature. Plantings, vine removal and trail maintenance are a few ways you and your scouts can pitch in toward our ongoing preservation effort.
Costs listed are for groups up to 20 scouts.
Daytime Badge Programs (2 hours): $200
Night Hike & Campfire: $225
Big Red Barn Overnight: $500
Through Riverbend’s exciting programs, Cub Scouts not only learn about the wonders of nature, but also about themselves. Team-building exercises, games, hands-on field studies and nature crafts are a few of the fun ways we help Scouts reach their badge work goals.
Rolling over logs and examining pond life will peak your Tiger Cubs’ interest in the natural world. A Riverbend visit fulfills the “Let’s Go Outdoors” portion of the Tiger Badge requirements.
Future environmental protection starts with positive actions today. Riverbend’s “Your Living World” program will help Wolf Cubs learn about important concepts such as pollution, conservation and recycling.
Through our fun-filled “Sharing your World with Wildlife,” your scouts will investigate the habitats of local wildlife, build a recycled bird feeder and meet live animals up close.
Just for Webelos!
If your scouts don’t yet know a copperhead from a corn snake or an oak tree from an elm, Riverbend can help! We have programs designed especially to help Webelos earn their Naturalist or Forester badge
- Naturalist: This badge focuses on the balance of nature within an ecosystem through an adventurous blend of activities. Your scout will create a nature journal, investigate the antics of birds and insects and learn how to identify poisonous plants and venomous reptiles.
- Forester: At the end of this program, your scouts will see the forest through the trees. Tree-ring reading, bark rubbings and species identification are a few of the activities that will help Webelos gain an understanding of the vast importance of our forests.
- Geologist: Learning about geology is a great way for scouts to connect with the natural world. Igneous rocks, erosion, fossils and more will be covered in this fun, hands-on badge program.
Night Hike and Campfire Social
Bring your pack for some after-hours fun! Riverbend staff will lead your scouts in a safe and educational night hike that may include wildlife observation and sensory experiences. Afterward, you can lead your group in skits, storytelling and songs while toasting marshmallows over the fire.
Big Red Barn Overnight
Spend the night in our fully refurbished 1923 Snider Barn! Your pack can enjoy roasting marshmallows outside around a campfire and can opt to participate in a night hike or badge work. For the especially adventurous, we also offer the option of tent-camping in our field. **
** Riverbend does not provide food or camping equipment
Eagle Scout Projects
Riverbend welcomes the opportunity to discuss service projects with Boy Scouts seeking to achieve Eagle Scout rank. Interested scouts should contact Lorna Atkinson, Habitat Management Coordinator to learn more and discuss potential projects