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Attention Scout Leaders!

Take your troop on a trip to The Wetlands Institute!  Your troop will meet with one of our Wetlands educators to participate in a hands-on, interactive, and fun program while developing important skills. A visit to the Wetlands Institute can also be an opportunity for Scouts to learn more about New Jersey’s coastal ecology.

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts can complete a skill-building badge or progress on their Journeys and Legacies.*

Brownie Programs

  • Hiker Badge
  • Bugs Badge
  • Painting Badge
  • Pets Badge
  • Senses Badge
  • Letter Boxer Badge

Junior Programs

  • Animal Habitats Badge
  • Drawing Badge
  • Geocacher Badge
  • Camper Badge
  • Flowers Badge
  • Gardener Badge

Cadette Programs

  • Night Owl Journey
  • Trees Legacy
  • Book Artist Journey
  • Trailblazing Journey

Senior Programs

  • Collage Legacy
  • Sky Legacy
  • Water Drops to Watersheds: Making a Difference
  • Voice for the Animals Journey

Ambassador Programs

  • Water Legacy
  • Justice Legacy
  • Natural Arts and Sciences
  • Wildlife Research and Conservation

*Please note: While every effort is made to provide Scouts with time to complete badge requirements, some badges may have requirements that necessitate long-term observations or to pursue knowledge or skills not directly related to the topic. These may need to be done independently to complete the badge.  Additionally, purchase of the badges through the Girl Scout Council is the responsibility of the Leader.

Complete Brownie and Junior program descriptions: Programs for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts

Complete Cadette, Senior and Ambassador program descriptions:  Programs for Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girls Scouts

Overnight Badge Workshops for Girl Scouts – 2016

Pets Badge
(Scout Level: Brownies)

Saturday, February 6 to Sunday, February 7, 2016
6:30 PM to 8:00 AM
Having a pet can be lots of fun. And keeping animals healthy and happy requires lots of responsibility. After our doors close The Institute will be ours to explore and we’ll find out exactly what it takes to keep The Wetlands Institute critters “in the swim of things”.
Fee: $20.00 per scout, $10.00 per adult, includes all materials.

Animal Habitats Badge
(Scout Level: Juniors)

Saturday, February 20 to Sunday, February 21, 2016
6:30 PM to 8:00 AM
Food, water, shelter – every living thing “has to have a habitat to carry on.” Tonight we’ll explore coastal habitats in and around The Wetlands Institute to find out what makes a habitat a home for wetland wildlife.
Fee: $20.00 per scout, $10.00 per adult, includes all materials.

Night Owl Journey
(Scout Level: Cadettes)

Saturday, March 5 to Sunday, March 6, 2016
6:30 PM to 8:00 AM
Whooo’s up and about when the sun goes down and the doors of The Wetlands Institute close? Get into the “night life” and explore The Wetlands to find what a difference a little bit of light makes.
Fee: $20.00 per scout, $10.00 per adult, includes all materials.

Complete details including overnight descriptions, pricing and registration information:  2016 Girl Scout Badge Overnight Information

Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts can work on one of our themed programs while completing tasks to fulfill a Cub Scout or Webelo recognition.*

  • Becoming a Naturalist
  • Ecology Explorer
  • Finding Your Way
  • Connecting Scouts with Nature through Science and the Arts
  • Lending the World a Helping Hand

Complete Cub Scout program descriptions: Programs for Cub Scouts

Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts can obtain one of the nature or outdoor related merit badges we offer.*

  • Bird Study
  • Environmental Science (Eagle Required Merit Badge)
  • Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Geocaching
  • Insect Study
  • Nature
  • Oceanography
  • Plant Science
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Sustainability (Eagle Required Merit Badge)

*The Wetland Institute Instructor is a registered Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor and will be able to sign the Scouts’ Blue Merit Badge cards for the Merit Badges offered above.  Please note: Many badges require the Scout to make long-term observations or to pursue knowledge or skills not directly related to the topic. Due to time constraints scouts will need to independently perform some of the activities which are required to complete badges.  Scouts may submit proof of completion of independent  requirements for  signed approval.

Complete Boy Scout program descriptions:  Programs for Boy Scouts

Prices:  $8 per Scout member while troop leaders and chaperones are free!

Group Size:  Minimum of 8 Scouts per program.

Registration Procedure:  Reservations are made by email (preferred) or phone on a first come first served basis.  Please email Sue Slotterback at to book a program.

Looking for more than a 2 hour experience?
We now offer full immersion overnight programs for your scout group.
Complete program description:  Overnight Program

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