Cub & Scout BSA Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

Registration for fall/winter workshops opens August 1, 2019!

To view or print the 2018-2019 Cub Scouts Workshops PDF brochure, click the button below.

For general scout information, please visit the Scouts page.

Scout Rules and Registration Policy

Please read carefully prior to registering.

NO RAIN-OUTS: All programs can be adapted to indoor workshops if necessary. Dress appropriately for the weather.

Rules
Registration Policy
Fees
Location
Cancellation Policy and Refunds
Weather
Awards
Rules

Only registered Scouts may attend workshops. Scout leaders are welcome to attend workshops with scouts to monitor progress.  All workshops are led by trained Teacher-Naturalist adult volunteers and staff.

Registration Policy

Registration and payment are required prior to the event. Scout leaders can register their Scouts as a group, or individual scouts can register directly with the Nature Center. This can be done online, in person, or by phone with a credit card. Pre-registration is required for all scouts and all adults planning on participating in workshop activities. Registration closes seven days prior to the workshop.

Fees

Costs are $10.00 per scout, per workshop, unless otherwise noted. Scout leaders are admitted for free (up to 2 per group); all additional adults must pay $5 per person.

Location

All workshops held at Indian Creek Nature Center 5300 Otis Rd. SE Cedar Rapids, IA  52403 unless otherwise noted.

Cancellation Policy and Refunds

Refunds are offered, less an administrative fee of 10%, for all cancellations received at least 48 hours in advance.  Full refunds are given for any program Indian Creek Nature Center cancels.

Weather

Most scout workshops include outdoor activities. There are no cancellations due to rain or cold weather. All programs can be adapted to indoor workshops in cases of severe weather (thunderstorms).  Please dress appropriately for the forecasted weather conditions.

Awards

Patches are not sold or awarded on site at ICNC. Scout leaders are welcome to attend workshops with scouts to monitor progress. All participants are provided a list of workshop activities and their corresponding requirements.

Individual scouts or groups can participate in one of our pre-scheduled workshops. If your group of ten Scouts or more is unable to attend the scheduled workshops, your group may sign up for its own workshop (subject to the availability of staff). You may select from any of the workshops offered. Contact the Nature Center for more information.

Cub & Boy Scout Workshops

Maple Syruping Program

Maple Syruping | Annually each March
Maple Syruping | Annually each March

Date Offered: March only

$4 per Scout
$4 per adult

Bring the family for a maple syruping experience! Discover how easy it is to tap maple trees and make delicious maple syrup. This is a great family STEM science experience to learn about weather, tree physiology, and the chemistry of syrup making. Use the sugar maker’s tools to tap a tree, visit the Sugar House to learn how sap becomes syrup, and enjoy a taste of ICNC’s real maple syrup on ice cream. Programs are 60 minutes. Contact the Nature Center for more information or to schedule a program.

Boy Scout Merit Badge Day

Boy Scout Merit Badge Day | April 18
Boy Scout Merit Badge Day | April 18

Date Offered: April 18, 2020

Scouts: $12 per session

Parents/chaperones: free

Calling all Boy Scouts! Merit Badge Day at Indian Creek Nature Center gives you an opportunity to work with a team of experts in a variety of badge areas. Sign up for a morning session, afternoon session, or stay for the full day to work on two different badges. A one-hour lunch break will be provided. Past years workshop sessions have included: Bird Study, Backpacking, Energy, Fishing, Gardening, Geology, Geocaching, Nature, Plant Science, Orienteering, Sustainability, Wilderness Skills or Weather. Check back later for 2020 workshop session options, schedule  and registration information.

Lion Workshops

Mountain Lion | November 16
Mountain Lion | November 16

Date Offered: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 12:30-2:00 PM

Find out what you can do to prepare and stay safe while hiking and exploring outside and then put your new skills to use! Hike and explore the Nature Center trails with a naturalist. Don’t forget to pack your curiosity and sense of adventure. Be prepared for an afternoon of fun!

Tiger Workshops

My Tiger Jungle/Tigers in the Wild | October 12
The Sky is the Limit | December 13
My Tiger Jungle/Tigers in the Wild | October 12

Date Offered: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 12:30-2:30 PM

Complete two required adventures in one workshop! In My Tiger Jungle, take a hike around the Nature Center and experience the sights and sounds. Learn about birds, and go on a one foot hike with a magnifying glass.

In Tigers in the Wild, go on a hike to look for plants and animals. Talk about leave no trace, the outdoor code; the Cub Scout six essentials; and find out what it’s like to carry your own gear. Spend some time learning about plants, animals and trees in our area.

The Sky is the Limit | December 13

Date Offered: Friday, December 13, 2019
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM

Use binoculars and telescopes, and talk about constellations, how to use star charts, and more. Create your own constellation and give it a name! (You will be responsible for Requirement #3).

Wolf Workshop

Wolf Day: Call of the Wild, Paws on the Path, Finding your Way, and Howling at the Moon | November 2
Wolf Day: Call of the Wild, Paws on the Path, Finding your Way, and Howling at the Moon | November 2

Date Offered: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
(Includes one-hour lunch on your own.)

We’ll have great fun making our way through requirements for all four adventures! (Finding Your Way is an Elective Adventure, the other three are Required Adventures.) Tie knots and play games. Learn about animals, bugs and birds. Pack items you need for camping and hiking. Gather around the campfire and create your own exciting campfire skit! End the afternoon with your pack on a one-mile hike and put your compass skills to the test.

Bear Workshop

Fur, Feathers and Ferns | September 14
Fur, Feathers and Ferns | September 14

Dates Offered: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 12:30-2:30 PM

Go for a hike — snow or shine! — and look for signs of animals, birds and plants on this Required Adventure. Look for signs of wildlife outside. Do you know who’s endangered and why? Investigate the species that no longer live here and have a closer look at plants with a magnifying glass.

Webelos Workshops

Into the Woods | October 26
Into the Wild | October 26
Earth Rocks! | January 4
Castaway Getaway | January 4
Into the Woods | October 26

Date Offered: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Times: 9:30-11:30 AM

Take this workshop with Into the Wild, or on its own. Trees are everywhere! What kind are they? Learn how trees work, which trees you’re likely to find in your backyard, how we use trees and more.

Into the Wild | October 26

Date Offered: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 12:30-2:30 PM

Learn about birds and flyways, and practice your bird watching skills. Build a terrarium and learn how to take care of it. Play the food chain game, and think about different parts that humans play. Explore a wetland and talk about the importance of aquatic ecosystems. (Note: we will not complete every requirement for this adventure.)

Earth Rocks! | January 4

Date Offered: Saturday, January 4, 2020
Time: 9:30-11:30 AM

Have you ever wanted to know more about rocks? Come to the Nature Center to find out why geology is important to you! We’ll identify rocks, test minerals and learn about Moh’s hardness scale. You’ll find out about Iowa’s geological past, and get to take home a little souvenir.

Castaway Getaway | January 4

Date Offered: Saturday, January 4, 2020
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what supplies you would need if you were stranded on a desert island? Come learn which tools and skills would come in handy in an outdoor emergency. Light a fire, make a shelter, learn about outdoor survival kits, and cook a snack over a campfire.

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