Area Scouts are invited to test their skills and have some fun during the Forest Preserve District's "Four Rivers' Scout Adventure" program on Saturday, March 3.
In the past, annual Scouting opportunities were held at other Forest Preserve locations, but this year's adventure will take place at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, which is located in McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove.
The program will include several badge-related stations where Scouts will tackle:
- Letterboxing: Combine the skills of hiking, orienteering, scavenger hunts and puzzle solving. Groups will receive clues and then will be sent out in a quest to find the letterbox.
- All About Birds: Learn about the unique adaptations of area birds through activities.
- Geology Rocks!: Discover important rocks and minerals from the area. Then have fun making a craft that rocks!
- Campfire and S'mores: Enjoy a tasty treat at this do-it-yourself s'more stop.
- Game Station: Work on team building skills to strengthen the bonds among Scouts.
Scouts will rotate through stations spending approximately 20 minutes at each.
The Forest Preserve District and Scouting groups have a long history of collaborative programming, said interpretive naturalist Erin Ecker. But this is the first year that Four Rivers will serve as the Scouting adventure site.
"The District has always offered Scout days," she said. "The adventure program will give Scouts of all ages a chance to participate in a variety of activities that are badge related. We hope that it's a fun and educational day for all of the Scouts, introducing them to a different preserve, and helping them bond as a group."
The program is open to Scouts ages 5-14 and registration is required by Thursday, February 22. To register, call 815.722.9470. Online registration is not available for this program.
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