Scout Programs

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is uniquely positioned to bring scouting programs to life in a way that engages students and exploration given our resident wildlife, certified merit badge counselors, expansive natural campus, public access planetarium and walking distance to Lake Erie.

Self-guided Backpacks

All-inclusive backpacks provide all the materials, instructions and activities necessary for your troop to complete a variety of natural science badges on your own. For a limited time, the Center will offer backpack rentals to complete at-home. Backpacks include all materials with the exception of writing utensils. Badges will be provided once the backpack is returned and backpacks will be cleaned after each use.

Please email scouts@lensc.org to schedule your backpack rental.

Girl Scout Backpacks

Eco Learner Backpack for Daisy Girl Scouts

Eco Learner Backpack

Daisy Girl Scouts

Learn what to take and what not to take on an adventure outdoors while you learn about being prepared. See what creatures live right next to the trail and learn why you should always stay on the trail. Finally play a game where you learn all about why you should trash your trash. Length: 1.5 hours

Hiker Backpack for Brownie Girl Souts

Hiker Backpack

Brownie Girl Scouts

Learn about hiking in the area and what gear you should bring on your trip. Practice observation skills and play hiking games. Please dress for the weather. Length: 1.5 hours

Pets Backpack for Brownie Girl Scouts

Pets Backpack

Brownie Girl Scouts

Play pet BINGO and learn how much space pets need in your home to be comfy. Learn how much it costs to feed a pet and play a smart pet owner game. Visit with some animals that could be considered pets, then make a cat or dog toy to take home. Length: 1.5 hours

Senses Backpack for Brownie Girl Scouts

Senses Backpack

Brownie Girl Scouts

Use all of your five senses during this fun after-noon! Play sight, sound, memory and smelly games. Take part in a taste test and differentiate sweet, bitter, sour, and salty. Learn about touch and how the visually impaired use their senses to read with braille. Length: 1.5 hours

Bugs Backpack Brownie GS web

Bugs Backpack

Brownie Girl Scouts

Buggy about bugs? Creepy crawlies don’t creep you out? This is for you, adventurous girl! Take a field trip to watch bugs at home and at work. Make a bug box and create a creepy, crawly craft. Length: 1.5 hours

Animal Habitats Backpack for Junior Girl Scouts

Animal Habitats Backpack

Junior Girl Scouts

Learn about animals native to our area and how parent animals take care of their babies. Explore endangered habitats across the globe and discover ways you can help the animals in your own backyard. Length: 1.5 hours

Detective Backpack for Junior Girl Scouts

Detective Backpack

Junior Girl Scouts

Take part in a brand new mystery: Code Crackers! Practice your powers of observation, work on decoding messages from around the world and uncover the strange world of fingerprints. Try your hand at fiber analysis and use your skills to crack the code and find the prize! Length: 1.5 hours

Cub Scout Backpacks

Tigers in the Wild Backpack for Tiger Cub Scouts

Tigers in the Wild Backpack

Tiger Cub Scouts

Go on a short hike with your den or family, and make sure you bring along your Cub Scout Six Essentials! Learn what to take on a hike and what needs to stay home, practice preparing for a hike and play a leave no trace game. Finish out your adventure by learning about trees and plants you find on the trail. Backpack program includes instructions and lessons for requirements 1-3 and 6.

Call of the Wild Backpack for Wolf Cub Scouts

Call of the Wild Backpack

Wolf Cub Scouts

Talk about what you need to go on a short hike with your group. Learn about possible weather changes and extreme weather that could happen on your hike and learn how to be prepared for each one. Practice tying an overhand knot and learn about some animals that you might see while out for a hike. Backpack program includes instructions and lessons for requirements 1-6.

Paws on the Path Backpack for Wolf Cub Scouts

Paws on the Path Backpack

Wolf Cub Scouts

Talk about the Cub Scout Six Essentials and everything else you need for a one mile hike. Learn what you need to bring on a hike and what items should really stay home. Use the field guides to learn about the animals you see on your hike.
Backpack program includes instructions and lessons for requirements 1-6.

Fur, Feathers, and Ferns Backpack for Bear Cub Scouts

Fur, Feather, and Ferns Backpack

Bear Cub Scouts

Talk a hike and learn all about animals in this backpack. Explore extinct and endangered animals, and observe animals in your own backyard. End your backpack adventure with a virtual tour of the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.
Backpack program includes instructions and lessons for requirements 1-4.

Into the Wild Backpack for Webelos Scouts

Into the Wild Backpack

Webelos Scouts

Learn about birds in your own backyard and what flyways they use to migrate. Spend some time outside looking for wild creatures (use the field guides provided to help you identify them!) and learn about producers, consumers, and decomposers in a fun game. End your adventure with a virtual tour of the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.
Backpack program includes instructions and lessons for requirements 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9A.

Outdoor Adventurer Backpack for Webelos Scouts

Outdoor Adventurer Backpack

Webelos Scouts

Your outdoor adventure awaits! Plan with your den a hike in the great outdoors, recite the outdoor code and leave no trace principles, learn how to tie a bowline, and be prepared for extreme weather. Backpack program includes instructions and lessons for all of option B.


All Upcoming Scout Programs

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is offering pre-registered guided tours, pre-registered family planetarium programs and pre-scheduled wildlife intake appointments.Learn more
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