Scout Programs

I’m interested in programs for:

Girl Scouts
Cub Scouts

We offer a variety of programs for scouts that fulfill many of the requirements for badge and award completion. Our programs are designed to be as hands-on as possible and are intended for small groups.

For details on making a program reservation, click here.

Coming Soon: Boy Scout Merit Badges!

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Girl Scouts

For detailed information about programs and requirements met, please download the Girl Scout Brochure (PDF).

Group Size

  • Maximum 25 scouts/program

Program Length

  • 1.5 hours, unless otherwise noted

Fees

  • Wheaton Residents: $6/scout (min. $60/program)
  • Nonresidents: $7.50/scout (min. $75/program)
  • Some programs have an additional fee of $1/scout that does not count towards the minimum fee.
  • Add a Campfire: $40 for 1 hour, optional add-on of $1/person for hot chocolate and marshmallows

Mouse Walk (3 Cheers for Animals Journey, Red Petal) – 1 hour
Through role-play, a short hike, and a game, we’ll use our senses and imagination to discover the many wonders of the mouse world.

Birdbath Award (3 Cheers for Animals Journey, Spring Green Petal)
Take a hike to explore three different habitats. We’ll discuss how we can help animals and make bird feeders to take home.

Wetland Wonders (Between Earth and Sky Journey)
Explore a wetland first hand and discover what makes this habitat unique.

Earth & Sky (Between Earth and Sky Journey)
Observe and explore the world below our feet and the sky above our heads to discover how the earth and sky are connected.

Bugs Naturalist Badge
Bugs help us in lots of cool ways. Explore the world of bugs and learn more about these little creatures that do so much.

Senses Activity Badge (Wow! Wonders of Water Journey)
We’ll take a walk on the wild side and use our senses to discover that everything in nature has a unique smell, feel, sound, and look.

Hiker Activity Badge (Wow! Wonders of Water Journey)
We’ll learn how to prepare for a hike and make our own snacks then hit the trails to see if we have what it takes to become Brownie hikers. Please notify us of any food allergies. Additional fee of $1/scout

Wonders of Water (Wow! Wonders of Water Journey)
Learn about the world of water while taking a journey as a water molecule, dipping for critters in the marsh, and being challenged with fun games.

Home Scientist Activity Badge (Brownie Quest Journey)
Science is everywhere! Learn how simple household objects can test real scientific theories. Dive into density, make some slime, and create a delicious frozen treat. Please notify us of any food allergies. Additional fee of $1/scout

Letterboxer Activity Badge (A World of Girls Journey)
Using compasses and clues become part of an amazing game that’s played worldwide. Learn what fun can be had finding and hiding letterboxes.

Flowers Naturalist Badge
There’s more to flowers than just good looks. Without them, plants could not make seeds, and scientists think the world would be much drier (and a lot less pretty). Join us to dig up more flower secrets.

Camper Activity Badge (Get Moving Journey)
Participate in camping related activities in­cluding preparing a campfire and cooking s’mores! Please notify us of any food allergies. Additional fee of $1/scout

Geocacher Activity Badge (aMuse Journey)
Learn to hunt for hidden treasure using GPS units. Join the global treasure hunt today! One chaperone for every 5 scouts is required. Additional fee of $1/scout

Animal Habitats Activity Badge (aMuse Journey)
We’ll investigate habitats and help animals as we learn about protecting nature and the Lincoln Marsh.

Trees Naturalist Badge
Grab your naturalist hat and get ready to get to know trees—from the shade to the science, the fruit to the forest, and the legends to the lumber. To know trees is to love them!

Night Owl Activity Badge (Media Journey)
Night has captured the imagination since the dawn of time. But with modern-day electricity nighttime is easy to overlook so turn out the lights, tune in your senses, and step out in to the night. Additional fee of $1/scout

Cub Scouts 

For detailed information about programs and requirements met, please download the Cub Scout Brochure (PDF).

Group Size

  • Maximum 25 scouts/program

Program Length

  • 1.5 hours, unless otherwise noted

Fees

  • Wheaton Residents: $6/scout (min. $60/program)
  • Nonresidents: $7.50/scout (min. $75/program)
  • Some programs have an additional fee of $1/scout that does not count towards the minimum fee.
  • Add a Campfire: $40 for 1 hour, optional add-on of $1/person for hot chocolate and marshmallows
Tigers in the Wild
Learn how to prepare for a hike then set out to explore the trails and observe nature.

Sky is the Limit
Venture out into the dark as we look up at the night sky, hear some stories, and create our own constellations.

Paws on the Path
Before hiking the trails of Lincoln Marsh, we’ll learn how to prepare for any outdoor adventure.

Digging in the Past
It’s time to delve into the past and discover why we dig for dinosaurs. Additional fee of $1/scout

Finding Your Way
Learn how to use maps and compasses to keep from getting lost at Lincoln Marsh.

A Bear Goes Fishing
Let’s go fishing! We’ll grab our tackle, learn the fishing rules, and use rods and reels to see what we can catch. All equipment provided. Additional fee of $1/scout

Super Science
Ask questions, make guesses, and test hypotheses as we get ready to do some Super Science!

Fur, Feathers & Ferns
Explore the world of animals, plants, and more! Learn where animals live and how we can help them.

Castaway
Learn some basic survival skills to stay safe in the wilderness.

Into the Wild
Venture “into the wild” to discover which animals make Lincoln Marsh their home.

Into the Woods
Trees are awesome! Explore the woody side of nature as we investigate local trees and plants.

First Responder
Learn safety and the basics of first aid. Please note that scouts will not learn CPR.

How do I make a program reservation?

  • Decide which of our programs you would like your group to participate in.
  • Choose several dates in the event that your first choice is not available.
  • Contact the Lincoln Marsh Office at 630-871-2810 for additional information and reservations.
  • Reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance; earlier reservations are appreciated and recommended.
  • A covered picnic shelter may be available for use before/after your program. Reservations must be made at the time the program is scheduled.
  • Most programs are held entirely outdoors and are conducted rain or shine except when inclement weather creates unsafe conditions.
  • Reservation information will be emailed to you prior to your program. Review it carefully and call us as soon as possible if anything is incorrect or changes (i.e. number of participants).

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