Please pre-register for Badge Workshops by calling our Welcome Center at 517-546-0249
Looking to build a custom workshop? Schedule multiple badges and programs with our OVERNIGHT SCOUT PACKAGES
Two Days, One Night, $55/scout
Earn one scout badge, enjoy one hour of ziplining, and two additional hours of educational/recreational/environmental programs!
Three Days, Two Nights, $95/scout
Earn two scout badges, and four additional hours of educational/recreational/environmental programs!
Extra educational/recreational/environmental education programs include: live animal presentations, Heifer Global Village tours, archery, canoeing, and more!
Please Note: Our preference for workshops is that the scouts earning the badges and a responsible adult are the only ones to attend. It’s often easiest for a Leader to bring the scouts and be that responsible adult. By doing this, scouts are better able to focus on satisfying the badge requirements within the limited time our staff have to spend with them.
Badge Workshop Descriptions
Following changes to the Cub Scout program (seen here: Cub Scout program changes )
The Howell Nature Center has reviewed and modified all workshops to fit new standards.
My Tiger Jungle–Join us for a nature hike to learn about plants and animals at the Howell Nature Center. After our hike, we’ll build birdhouses to help our feathered friends find shelter.
Games Tigers Play-Discover good sportsmanship and lots of fun at the Howell Nature Center. We’ll learn to work together on team-building challenges, and create rules for our own games and adventures.
Tigers in the Wild–Practice the Cub Scout Six Essentials and the Outdoor Code as we hike at the Howell Nature Center and discover wildlife. We’ll close the day with a campfire and learn some silly campfire songs and games.
Call of the Wild–Tie knots, hike our property, learn skits and more in this active workshop at the Howell Nature Center.
Paws on the Path–Learn how to be prepared for a day of hiking, and about our local plants and animals.
Digging in the Past-Explore the prehistoric world with us in this workshop, as we learn about dinosaurs and the people who study them, paleontologists. Test your knowledge through fossil digs and other hands-on activities.
Finding Your Way–Navigate the Howell Nature Center with ease after learning map-reading and compass skills in our hands-on programs.
Bear Necessities–Set up a tent, learn pro tips for a successful camping trip, and cook over a fire in this adventure. Overnight camping is available at the Howell Nature Center–contact Emily or Sally to learn more!
Fur, Feathers, and Ferns–Explore the Howell Nature Center with us as we search for signs of wild animals and plants. We’ll also discover endangered animals in our area, and how we can do our part in creating a sustainable future.
A Bear Goes Fishing–Join us as we learn about the fish in Pleasant Lake, build our own fishing poles, and go fishing! Only available April – Oct
Webelos Walkabout–Explore our trails and learn hiker safety. Once you’ve gotten your bearings, give back to the Howell Nature Center by completing a service project onsite. Service projects will vary by season and project availability.
Castaway: What should you do if you become lost in the woods? Join us to learn and practice basic survival skills so you can be prepared!
Outdoorsman-Pitch your tents in this amazing adventure at the Howell Nature Center. We’ll also learn advanced knots, and put on a show at our closing campfire. Overnight camping is available–contact Emily or Sally for more information!
Earth Rocks!-Discover how gneiss it can be to play with rocks and minerals! We’ll learn how to identify samples, explore the rock cycle, and understand the role rocks play in our daily lives.
Into the Wild-We’ll learn all about the wild animals surrounding us, and how they are all connected to each other and ourselves. This adventure will include a visit to the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park!
Into the Woods–Into the woods, it’s time to go! Join us as we venture into the forest to learn about our native trees and the parts they play in our daily lives.
What to Bring
Signed Minor-Waiver for each scout, leader and parent chaperone Adult-Waiver
Comfortable closed-toe walking shoes
Outdoor clothing – Be ready for rain or shine!
Sense of fun and adventure!
*Note: A Howell Nature Center patch is included in the registration fee. All activity or achievement requirements will be fulfilled. However, Boy Scout badges will need to be obtained through your den leader.
Looking for an Eagle Scout project? enter your contact information here, and a representative of the Nature Center will contact you.