1. Take a 1-foot hike and list what you find on your hike!
2. Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area.
Preparation for requirements 3 & 4 (plant a tree and build a birdhouse).
5. Take a hike on the River Bend grounds and pick out two sounds you hear in your “jungle.”
Tigers In The Wild
1. Learn about the Cub Scout Six Essential items needed for a hike
2. Prepare for and go on a nature hike.
3. Discuss the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace principles.
4. Find three different kinds of plants, animals, or signs that animals on the trail.
6. Find two different trees and two different types of plants.
7. Find out about the animals that live on the River Bend grounds.
Preparation for requirement 5 (participate in outdoor pack meeting or pack campout campfire).
Sky Is The Limit
1. Go outside to observe the night sky.
2. Look at a distant object through a telescope or binoculars.
3. Observe in the sky or select from a book or chart two constellations.
4. Create and name your own constellation.
5. Create a homemade constellation.
6. Find out about two different jobs related to astronomy.
7. Find out about two astronauts who were Scouts when they were younger.
Call of the Wild
Preparation for requirement 1 (attend a campout) and requirement 6 (present a skit at campfire).
2. Learn to tie an overhand knot and a square knot.
3. Identify four different types of animals at River Bend.
4. Learn about possible weather changes.
5. Show or demonstrate what to do:
a. When a stranger approaches you, your family, or your belongings.
b. In case of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or flood.
c. To keep from spreading your germs.
7. Recite the Outdoor Code and discuss the Leave No Trace principle
Paws On The Path
1. Prepare the Cub Scout Six Essentials
2. Explain and use the buddy system
3. Describe what you should do if you get separated from your group while hiking.
4. Choose the appropriate clothing to wear on your hike based on the expected weather
5. Read the Outdoor Code, discuss Leave No Trace principles, show respect for wildlife
6. Go on a 1-mile hike with your den or family.
7. Name two birds, two insects, and two other animals that on the River Bend grounds.
8. Draw a map of an area using common map symbols.
Finding Your Way
1. Draw a map to show somewhere special to you on a map
2. Learn how to use a compass rose.
3. Pick a nutritious snack and find out where it came from. Show this area on a map.
4. Go on a scavenger hunt using a compass, and locate an object with a compass.
5. Using a map and compass, go on a hike.
Fur, Feathers and Ferns
1. Hike for one mile and spot animal signs!
2. Learn about extinct animals.
3. Describe what you learned at River Bend about wildlife with your pack or family.
4. Observe wildlife from a distance. Describe what you saw.
5. Use a magnifying glass to examine plants more closely.
6. Learn about composting and how vegetable waste can be turned into fertilizer for plants.
1. Create a hike plan.
2. Assemble a hiking first-aid kit.
3. Describe and identify poisonous plants and dangerous animals and insects.
4. Learn about planning nutritious lunches for hikes
5. Recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids from memory.
Preparation for requirement 6 (a 3-mile hike) and number 7 (service project)
8. Lead one aspect of the hike!
Into The Woods
1. Identify two different groups of trees and the parts of a tree.
2. Identify six trees commonly found at River Bend
3. Identify six plants commonly found at River Bend.
4. Learn about native trees at River Bend.
Prepare for requirement 5 (plant a tree).
6. Think about what wood products are important in your life.
7. Explain how the growth rings of a tree trunk tell its life story.
Into The Wild
3. Learn to be a birdwatcher!
4. Learn about the bird flyways closest to your home. Find out which birds use these flyways.
5. Watch at least four wild creatures in the wild
6. Identify an insect, reptile, bird, or other wild animal that is found only in your area of the country.
7. Learn about food chains and how we can help them.
8. Visit a River Bend aquatic ecosystem
9. Share your experiences!
River Bend can provide programming to aid in the completion of the Environmental Science Merit Badge for Eagle Scouts. Each of the following numbers denotes a requirement for the badge that can either be fulfilled or prepared for by a trip to River Bend. Please contact us for more details about timings, pricing, and to help us to plan your program.
- Learn about the history of environmental science in the United States.
- Become familiar with scientific terminology.
- Study a River Bend ecosystem and learn what it needs to function.
- Create an experiment to test for particulates that contribute to air pollution.
- Conduct an experiment to find out the impact of a waterborne pollutant on an aquatic ecosystem.
- Design an experiment to illustrate soil erosion by water. Observe areas affected by erosion.
- Learn about an endangered species present at River Bend.
- Learn about how to reduce pollution.
- Work out the population density and biodiversity of a River Bend habitat.
- Prepare for writing an environmental impact statement for a habitat at River Bend
- Learn about career opportunities in environmental science.
River Bend is proud to be a partner with the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. The following is a list of programs and a brief description. These programs are designed to meet the badge requirements outlined by the GSUSA Naturalist, Outdoors, and Adventure badges.
Please note: the length of programs will vary depending on the badge requirements
Brownies (2nd-3rd graders)
Step 1: Research a particular bug and draw a poster of it
Step 2: “Build-a-bug” out of recycled materials
Step 3: Watch bugs in action on the trail at River Bend
Step 4: Create a model bug habitat
Step 5: Search for more bugs in and around River Bend
Step 1: Select an appropriate hiking trail from our maps
Step 2: Learn about and practice hiking skills
Step 3: Learn about outdoor survival and gear
Step 4: Make a hiker’s snack
Step 5: Play the “Camouflage” game on the trail while hiking
Juniors (4th-5th graders)
Step 1: Select an area to camp at River Bend and make a list of supplies
Step 2: Learn fun outdoor skills such as fire building
Step 3: Plan and make a meal on one of our camp stoves
Step 4: Play adventurous games while camping
Step 5: Enjoy s’mores and a campfire!
Step 1: Learn about Geocaching
Step 2: Learn how to use our GPS units
Step 3: Make a craft to leave behind at a Geocache
Step 4: Search for Geocaches at River Bend
Step 5: Learn about trackables
Step 1: Learn about wild animals in Minnesota
Step 2: Learn about animal habitats in Minnesota
Step 3: Make a model of an animal habitat
Step 4: Learn about endangered species
Step 5: Help to protect the ecosystem at River Bend through service learning
Cadettes (6th-8th graders)
Step 1: Visit the forest at River Bend
Step 2: Sketch and model the different parts of a tree
Step 3: Make “Leaf Art”
Step 4: Learn about forest conservation
Step 5: Plant a tree as a group
Step 1: Learn about nocturnal animals
Step 2: Visit River Bend after dark
Step 3: Meet a nocturnal animal
Step 4: Learn about astronomy
Step 5: Play “Predator Prey” after dark
Step 1: Plan a primitive camping trip
Step 2: Practice teambuilding at River Bend
Step 3: Plan and cook a meal on a camp stove
Step 4: Learn outdoor skills
Step 5: Act out campfire skits
For more information and to schedule your Scouts for a River Bend program contact us at: