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Boy Scout Programs

Our Cub and Webelos Scout programs have been developed to satisfy the requirements of the Boy Scout Council of the United States. Except where noted, all programs are available year round.

How long are your cub scout programs? most last 1 – 1.5 hours.

How much do your scout programs cost? Most cost $5.50 – $6.50 per participant. Minimum fee for most programs: $55. No fee for adults.

Can I purchase the pin there? Boy Scout pins and patches are not available for purchase, but we have ENC patches for sale in our gift shop.

How do I schedule?

1. Read the information on this page and decide on a program you’d like to do.

2. Check your calendar and the calendars of everyone else who will be coming BEFORE scheduling to avoid unnecessary rescheduling. Have a few preferred dates chosen. We prefer to schedule programs at least 2 months in advance. Please read our cancellation policy.

3. Call (949) 645-8489,  email us or complete the online form below (scroll to the end of the page).

Can we bring siblings and parents? In order for the scouts to have the best scouting experience it is ideal for them to spend time together as a den w/o their siblings and parents – with just a leader and co-leader as chaperones. The den structure allows boys to build relationships with leaders and other boys. That said, if parents and siblings want to attend that is fine.  If siblings participate then we just ask that you pay for them.  The maximum number of children we can accommodate in a group is 20.

Tiger Cub badge
Tiger Cub Discover Nature Program (1st grade) 
On a hike through the Center, scouts watch the weather and enjoy a scavenger hunt for nature items that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Scouts participate in a seed skit, and build a human tree to learn the role of seeds, roots, green leaves, bark and flowers in the life of plants. At the culmination of the hike, scouts make beautiful leaf rubbings to take home with them. The program satisfies 5f, 5d and 5g. It is 1 hour and costs $5.50 per scout.

Wolf Cub badge
Wolf Cub Outdoor Adventure (2nd grade)
On a hike through the Center, and in the Nature Museum, scouts observe ten different kinds of native birds. Along the trail scouts safely encounter poison oak, and discuss the dangers of poisonous plants and their importance in the ecosystem. On a tour of our green building, scouts learn about which items can be recycled, and how they can save energy. This program satisfies 7b, 7e, 10b, 13d, and 18g. It is 1 hour and costs $5.50 per scout.

Bear Cub badge
Bear Cub Wildlife Wander (3rd grade)
On a hike through the Center, scouts learn about hummingbirds, their adaptations and how they live. The boys explore the Nature Center and discuss specific types of endangered and extinct animals. The ENC Naturalist shares what it’s like to work in the conservation field. The program satisfies Achievement 5a, 5c, 5d, and 5e. It is 1 hour and costs $5.50 per scout.

Forester Pin
Webelos Into the Woods Pin Program (4th – 6th grade)
Along the trail, scouts create a poster showing how a tree’s growth rings tell its life history. Scouts observe the layers of the forest, from the herb layer to the canopy, then create a diagram to take home. Scouts learn to identify at least six species of trees, and six plants, and discover how those plants are used by both people and animals. Along the trail scouts will pause to discuss the drawbacks – and benefits – of wildfires. The scouts will also learn about the negative impact of non-native plants on the environment, and take home a native plant to care for. The program is 1.5 hours and costs $6.50 per scout.

Geologist Pin
Webelos Earth Rocks Pin Program (4th – 6th grade)
Scouts become junior geologists as they learn to differentiate between igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. They learn that these rocks  are graded by a scale using a known scientific method. Along the trail scouts observe rocks and minerals found locally in Orange County, and discuss the uses of these non-renewable resources in a hands-on activity. They learn about and diagram ways that mountains and volcanoes are formed. Near “Fossil Ridge,” scouts discuss the formation of fossils while exploring those present in boulders dating back 70 million years. Scouts learn how fossils are used to date formations. The program is 1.5 hours and costs $6.50 per scout.

Naturalist Pin
Webelos Into the Wild Pin Program (4th – 6th grade)
Scouts explore the Center in search of birds. They discuss the things birds need to survive, including space to rest along the Pacific Flyway during migration. Along the trail the scouts safely encounter poison oak, and discuss the dangers and importance of poisonous plants and animals. During the hike scouts learn the roles of producers, consumers and decomposers. While the ENC is ethically opposed to collecting animals from the wild (as suggested by Into the Wild requirement # 1), scouts will observe the behaviors of wild animals in the Center, and  meet one of our educational animals. Rather than set up an aquarium or terrarium and keep it for “at least a month” (as suggested by Into the Wild requirement # 2) the ENC Naturalist will talk with scouts about the responsibilities and long term commitment involved in keeping pets. Scouts will be able to cite ways that humans have changed the balance of Nature, and make a commitment to take at least one action to help protect the environment. The program is 1.5 hours and costs $6.50 per scout.

Cancellation Policy:If cancellations occur at least two weeks before the program, no fees apply. If cancellations occur within two weeks before the date of the program, the minimum fee for the scheduled program will be charged. Fees do not apply if cancellations occur due to inclement weather.

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