Seven Ponds Nature Center

A Nature Sanctuary and Environmental Education Center

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Programs for Scout Groups

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  • Programs for All Scouts
    Seven Ponds offers a variety of badge work, from Brownies through Seniors, from Cub Scouts through Boy Scouts. The children will not only learn the requirements for the badges, but will also gain insight and respect for our natural world. By learning responsibility for nature, the children will gain an appreciation that will enable them to become stewards of the land.

    Leaders are sent a confirmation letter, and a map when they reserve a date for a program. Due to time and effort we can only cover one badge achievement per session. For more information and for scheduling programs, call the nature center at (810) 796-3200.

    Seasonal Walks
    Seasonal Walks are informal and open-ended, emphasizing the changes in nature throughout the year. Each season, indeed each day, has its own fascinating mysteries for eager scouts to discover along our trails. Much of the walk is spontaneous with topics chosen from interesting events encountered on the trail. How plants and animals live and interact, the natural laws they follow, and our ancestors close relationship with nature are some of the many themes that may be covered. Seasonal walks are for any organized group from preschool to adult.
    Time: 1 1/2 hours Fee: $3.00 per person.
  • Girl Scout Programs
    Daisy Journey Badges
    3 Cheers for Animals
    Daisies will earn their Birdbath, Red Robin and Tula Awards as we learn all about animals. Program length: 2 hours. Fee: $5.00 per person. Leaders free of charge.

    Between Earth and Sky
    Daisies will earn their Blue Bucket, Firefly, and Clover Awards as we learn about everything between earth and sky. Program length: 2 hours. Fee: $5.00 per person. Leaders free of charge.

    Brownie Legacy Badge
    Bugs
    Brownies will learn their Bugs legacy badge by learning all about bugs through crafts, investigation, and discovery. Program length 2 hours. Fee: $5.00 per person. Leaders free of charge.

    Brownie Journey Badge
    WOW! Wonders of Water
    Brownies will earn the first badge in this journey, Love Water, and will get a jump start into the other three awards. Program length 2 hours. Fee: $5.00 per person. Leaders free of charge.

    Junior Girl Scouts Legacy Badge
    Flowers
    Girl Scouts will learn all about flowers while earning this badge through hiking and hands-on discovery. Girls should bring flowers to make arrangements. Program length 2 hours. Fee: $5.00 per person. Leaders free of charge.

    Skill Building Badge
    Animal Habitats
    Jr. Girl Scouts will earn this badge by investigating animals and their habitats found here in Michigan. Program length 2 hours. Fee: $5.00 per person. Leaders free of charge.

    Journey Award
    Get Moving
    Jr. Girl Scouts will earn the first award in this journey, Energize, by learning about energy and how to conserve it. Program length 2 hours. Fee: $5.00 per person. Leaders free of charge.

    Cadette Legacy Badge
    Trees
    Cadettes will learn all about trees by identifying trees and their parts, what foods trees provides us, tree crafts and much more. Program length 2 hours. Fee: $5.00 per person. Leaders free of charge.

    Skill Building Badge
    Night Owl
    Cadettes will earn this badge by learning all about the night world through a hike, the night time animals and a craft. Program length 2 hours. Fee: $5.00 per person. Leaders free of charge.
  • Cub/Boy Scout Programs
    Cub Scout adventures and awards will be completed by the end of the programs. All Cub Scout programs are 2 hours in length and $4.00 per person unless otherwise noted.

    Tiger Adventures
    Backyard Jungle (Fee: $14.00 - includes bird nest box kit)
    Tigers in the Wild

    Wolf Adventure
    Finding Your Way

    Bear Adventures
    Fur, Feathers, and Ferns

    Webelos Awards
    Into the Woods
    Castaway
    (Fee $6.00, Time: 3 hours)
    Earth Rocks
    Into the Wild


    Advanced Badges
    Older scouts working on advanced awards can find service project opportunities at Seven Ponds.

    Boy Scout Merit Badges
    Reptile and Amphibian Study
    Mammal Study
    Geology
    Bird Study
    Forestry
    Nature
Download our program guide for teachers and youth leaders. Note: the file size is a 1.5 meg Adobe Acrobat PDF.
Educator's Guide