Girl Scout and Boy Scout Programs
Severson Dells is excited to offer programs for Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts to learn more about local habitats, wildlife and outdoor skills. Programs meet from 10am-12pm, unless otherwise noted.
Check out the offerings we have below and if there is a specific badge you are interested in for your troop that you don’t see listed, please contact us at 815-335-2915. We are happy to work with you.
Girl Scout Programs
Oct. 13 – Brownies – Bugs
Armed with sweep nets, hand lenses, jars and pooters, we take to the field and woods in search of local insects. We review what makes an insect an insect, then learn the basic characteristics of several insect families. Register by 10/10.
Dec. 1 – Cadette – Primitive Camper*
Every girl scout should know how to “survive” in the woods if necessary. Join us to learn how to build a water-proof shelter, how to make cordage and tie knots, and how to get fire by rubbing two sticks together. * This session runs longer than the usual two hours: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, which is why there is an increase in price as well) – bring lunch. Register by 11/27.
Feb. 2 – Senior – Sky
Sky watching can be a lot more exciting than you might think. First, there are the clouds: you can tell a lot about the coming weather based on the kinds of clouds you see. Then there are the stars: even in a city, you can still make out some of our most basic constellations, like the Big Dipper and Orion. And although the sky may seem like a whole lot of empty space, it is really quite full of activity: from migrating birds, insects and spiders, to traveling chemicals and pollutants. We can help reveal some of the amazing things that are happening in the sky above. Register by 1/28.
Apr. 6 – Junior – Animal Habitats
Forget the monkeys and kangaroos – we want to teach you about the exciting animals that call Northern Illinois home! Our woods, grasslands and waterways are full of some truly amazing wildlife, and every scout who lives here should get to know it. Come explore our trails with us as we search for clues that will tell us which animals are living where at Severson Dells. Register by 4/2.
June 1 – Daisies – Outdoor Art
You may not have heard of Andy Goldsworthy, but he is the inspiration for this hands-on outdoor art program. Using sticks, leaves and whatever else we find, we will create Outdoor Art. Some pieces may last only a few hours, while others may last a week or more. The only limit to our creations will be our imaginations. Dress to be outside and get dirty. Register by 5/29.
Boy Scout Programs
Sept. 1 – Boy Scouts – Insect Study
Armed with sweep nets, hand lenses, jars and pooters, we take to the field and woods in search of local insects. We review what makes an insect an insect, then learn the basic characteristics of several insect families. Register by 8/29.
Nov. 10 – Boy Scouts – Basketry
Basket-weaving is a handy skill for any outdoors enthusiast to have. Knowing how to make a quick container while you are outdoors can be useful when berries are in season, while the same skills can yield you a nifty sun visor on a really hot summer day! Registration deadline: 10/28/18 – we need to know numbers to order supplies.
Jan. 5 – Boy Scouts – Bird Study
Birds are everywhere, and bird-watching is one of the most popular activities in America! We help scouts learn the basics of bird ID: how to use binoculars, what traits to look for when starting bird ID, and how to attract birds to your feeders so you can bird-watch at your leisure. Register by 1/2.
March 2 – Boy Scouts – Forestry
Need to learn some tree ID? How about examples of insect damage to native trees? Want to learn more about the role of fire in forest ecosystems? Let us help you on your way to earning your forestry badge by answering these questions and more! Register by 2/27.
May 4 – Boy Scouts – Field Botany (Plant Science) *
Are you working on your Plant Science badge? Let us help you earn it by teaching you about some of the amazing native plants that grow in Northern Illinois. Spring is a great time to be introduced to field botany, for the woodland flowers will be in full swing, while the grassland plants are just getting started. We will help you learn to identify some of our native trees, shrubs, woody plants and flowers, as well as the most common invasive species. We will also help you learn how environmental factors affect what grows where. Participants will also learn how we control invasives and encourage native species. * This program is longer than the usual two hours: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Please bring your lunch and dress to be outside. Register by 4/30.