Boy Scout Programs

We can help your Boy Scouts earn any of several nature or environmental science badges. Through hands-on activities, games, and hikes through the woods, your scouts won't realize that they're learning! All programs are marked with the season(s) they are best done in. Most programs average 1.5 hours, but check the program you’re interested in for the specific length.

Having a natural experience through our Scout Outings is another option. Scouts can learn how to make maple syrup, apple cider, review their map and compass skills, or experience the forest in the dark--if you dare! Ready to book your program? Visit our Pricing and Scheduling page for information on setting up a visit for your group.

Tigers

Achievement 5-Let's Go Outdoors: There is so much to learn about the outdoors! Through these achievement activities, your Tiger Cub will develop an appreciation of and respect for the world around him. This achievement is best done in the fall. Length = 1.5 hours.

Elective 30-Plant a Seed: Learn how you can grow plants from the foods you eat every day, and then hit the trails to discuss the seeds we can find at TNC! This elective can be done in any season. Length = 1.5 hours.

Elective 31-Learn About Animals: By doing this activity, Tiger Cubs will not only learn about an animal but will also get to meet a LIVE animal. This elective can be done in any season. Length = 1.5 hours.

Elective 32-Feed the Birds: This activity encourages Tiger Cubs to learn more about our feathered friends while creating feeders to take home or hang here at TNC. This elective can be done in any season. Length = 1.5 hours.

Elective 33-Cleanup Treasure Hunt: By doing this activity, your Tiger Cub will develop an appreciation of and respect for the world around him while helping to clean up TNC. This elective is best done in the spring, summer, or fall. Length = 1.5 hours.

Elective 34-Conservation: By doing this activity, your Tiger Cub will become aware of what he uses and encourage him not to waste resources while learning with fun filled activities and hands-on exploration. This elective can be done in any season. Length = 1.5 hours.
         
Elective 35-Fun Outdoors: Come and learn some of TNC’s favorite outdoor games! We’ll take a hike and incorporate several trail games during our time together. This elective can be done in any season. Length = 1.5 hours.

Elective 47-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: By doing this activity, your Tiger Cub will become aware of what he uses and encourage him not to waste resources while learning with fun filled activities and hands-on exploration. This elective can be done in any season. Length= 1 hour.

Wolves

Achievement 7-Your Living World: By doing this activity, your Wolf Cub will develop an appreciation of and respect for the world around him while helping to clean up TNC. This achievement can be done in any season. Length= 1.5 hours.

Elective 10-American Indian Lore: Learn how the Native Americans lived and played around the time of first contact with Europeans. This elective can be done in any season. Length = 1.5 hours.

Elective 13-Birds: Through hands on activities participants will learn what attributes birds share with each other. This elective can be done in any season. Length = 2 hours.

Elective 17-Tie It Right: Learn how to tie knots, wrap items, and dress yourself with the activities included in this badge. This elective can be done in any season. Length = 1.5 hours.         

Elective 18-Outdoor Adventure: By doing this activity, your scout will develop an appreciation of and respect for the world around him while enjoying fun-filled activities here at TNC. This badge can be added on to an evening campfire by adding hot dogs to your program. It can also be completed during the day by preparing and consuming lightweight portable foods during the course of another program. This elective can be done in any season. Length = 2 hours (2.5 hours if done with a campfire).

Bears

Achievement 5-Sharing Your World With Wildlife: Through these achievement activities your Bear Cub will develop an appreciation of and respect for the world around him while enjoying fun-filled activities here at TNC. This badge can be done in any season. Length = 1.5 hours

Achievement 22–Tying It All Up: Learn a variety of knots, as well as other rope skills and even a magic trick! This badge can be done in any season. Length = 1.5 hours.

Elective 12-Nature Craft: Learn how nature has and still can inspire creativity in you and others. We cannot complete this badge at TNC, but we can cover requirements A-D and H. This badge is best done Spring-Fall. Length = 2 hours.       

Elective 15-Water and Soil Conservation: By doing this activity, your Bear Cub will become aware of what he uses and encourage him not to waste resources while learning with fun filled activities and hands-on exploration. This badge is best done Spring-Fall. Length = 2 hours.

Elective 24-American Indian Life: Learn how the Native Americans lived and played around the time of first contact with the European "explorers." This badge is best done Spring-Fall. Length = 2 hours.

Cub Scouting's Leave No Trace Awareness Award: After you’ve completed Achievement #12, come to the Tenafly Nature Center to earn this award. This award takes three visits to complete. We encourage you to enjoy the Tenafly Nature Center in three different seasons while you learn about the ethics of Leave No Trace. This program can be done in any season. Each visit will take 1.5 hours and includes a short hike.

Webelos

Forester: Visit TNC with your den and take time to notice the forest that surrounds you. You will learn about the forest and why it is important to conserve this land. This badge is best done Spring-Fall. Length= 1.5 hours.

Geologist: Learn about our local geology and the processes that created it! Located on the Palisades, TNC offers a unique geological site to complete this badge. This badge can be done in any season. Length = 1.5 hours.

Naturalist: There is so much to learn about outdoors! Through these achievement activities your scout will develop an appreciation of and respect for the world around him. This badge can be done in any season. Length = 1.5 hours.

Outdoorsman: Camping can be so fun! Be prepared - learn all about the do's and don't of this outdoor activity before you go on an overnight trip with your fellow scouts, family, or friends. This badge cannot be completed at TNC, but we can help you complete five requirements of this badge. Length = 3.5 hours, (4 hours if done with a campfire).

Cub Scout World Conservation Award ** : We will cover the requirements for the Forester and Naturalist badges, as well as 5 requirements of the Outdoorsman badge. A den conservation project is also included. This award can be achieved in one 5 hour program, or can be completed by making several visits to TNC over the course of a season.

**Can add a 30 minute campfire for an additional $50.

Boy Scouts

Mammal Study Merit Badge Workshop September 14, 2014. 12:30-3:30 pm. Cost: $25 per scout. FULL- thank you for your interest!

Learn about classification, food chains, and do a service project to help local mammals. Adults are welcome to join at the rate of one per scout. Space is limited: Minimum: 4 scouts. Maximum: 10 scouts. Deadline for registration: September 1, 2014.

Bird Study Merit Badge Workshop April 26, 2014. 9:00 am-2:30 pm, with a half hour break for lunch. Cost: $40 per scout. FULL.

Enjoy the outdoors and learn how to identify some of NJ’s most common inhabitants. With a little pre-study (Participants must obtain and read the Bird Study Merit Badge Book), you’ll complete all of the requirements in this one day field class! Adults are welcome to join at the rate of one per scout. Space is limited: Minimum: 4 scouts. Maximum: 10 scouts. Deadline for registration: April 19, 2014.


To register or for more information, please contact the Scout Coordinator.

Upcoming events

Monday, July 21, 2014 9:00 AM • Tenafly Nature Center Pavilion
Monday, July 21, 2014 9:00 AM • Tenafly Nature Center Pavilion
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:30 AM • TNC Visitors Center

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