Scouting Programs

Scouting Programs

Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium offers programs designed for Scouting groups, and a wide variety of programs specifically for Cub Scout groups. We can either guide the group through the program or a scout leader can guide the group. Our programs are flexible. So, if there is something you would like to add to the program, just ask us and we will see what we can do to accommodate your needs. 

To Book any of the Scouting or Cub Scout Programs, call 239-275-3435 and ask for Casey, or email [email protected]

Tigers in the Wild

Group will participate in a Group hike through Calusa’s nature trails.

At the event the Event Leader will:

  • Review the Cub Scout Six Essentials for hiking
  • Lead the group on a short hike
  • Read the Outdoor Code and discuss how scouts can be clean in outdoor manners.
  • Read the “Leave No Trace Principles for Kids.” Discuss why scouts should “Trash Your Trash.”
  • Assist scouts in applying the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles
  • Discuss with scouts what they did to demonstrate the principles.

While on the hike, scouts will find three different kinds of plants, animals, or signs that animals have been on the trail. The leader will remind the scouts to note their sightings in the Tiger Handbook.

Scouts are welcome to stay and have a pack meeting on site.

By the end of the program, scouts will have learned or experienced:

  • Cub Scout Six Essentials for hiking
  • Outdoor Code
  • Experienced a nature hike
  • Leave No Trace Principles for Kids

Scouts need to Bring:

  • Nothing

Cost:

$5 for Scouts, $7.50 for Adults (Scouts Provide Event Leader)

$10 for Scouts, $15 for Adults (Calusa Provides Event Leader)

Tigers: Sky is the Limit

Group will participate in a night sky observation.

At the event, the group leader will:

  • Assist scouts in identifying objects through a telescope.
  • Show scouts how to focus the device.
  • Show scouts how to locate two constellation and provide the names of the stars in the constellation
  • Assist scouts in naming their own constellation
  • Share two jobs that are related to astronomy and describe them.
  • Share the stories of two astronauts who were scouts
  • Lead a planetarium show about the solar system or comets and asteroids

By the end of the program, scouts will have learned or experienced:

  • How to use a telescope
  • How to name a constellation
  • Two jobs related to astronomy
  • Two stories about astronauts
  • Attend a planetarium show

Scouts need to Bring:

  • Nothing

Cost: $15 for Scouts, $20 for Adults (This is only offered at night and includes a private Planetarium Show and Calusa provides the Event leader)

Wolf: Paws on the Path

At this event, the group will take a nature hike on Calusa’s trails.

The event leader will:

  • Review the Cub Scout Six Essentials
  • Talk about the Buddy System and why it is used in scouting.
  • Describe what to do if a scout gets separated while hiking
  • Lead scouts in reciting the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids
  • Discuss showing respect for wildlife before and after the hike.
  • Lead a 1-mile hike. Remind scouts to watch for and record two interesting things that they’ve never seen before
  • Assist scouts in naming two birds, two insects, and two animals
  • Help scouts to draw a map of the Center, identifying North.

By the end of the program, scouts will have learned or experienced:

  • Cub Scout Six Essentials
  • Buddy System
  • A nature hike
  • Draw a map

Scouts need to Bring:

  • Nothing

Cost:

$5 for Scouts, $7.50 for Adults (Scouts Provide Event Leader)

$10 for Scouts, $15 for Adults (Calusa Provides Event Leader)

Webelos: Walkabout

At this event, the group will take a one-mile nature hike on Calusa’s trails.

The event leader will:

  • Assist the scouts in their making a hike plan.
  • Assist scouts in their creating a first aid kit.
  • Point out any poisonous plants and dangerous animals
  • Guide scouts to a lunch area.
  • Support scouts in their recitation of the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace principles for Kids
  • Guide a 3-mile hike on the nature trails
  • Clarify leadership roles
  • Supervise a simple service project on the campus

By the end of the program, scouts will have learned or experienced:

  • How to make a hiking plan
  • Creation of a first aid kit
  • Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace
  • 3-mile nature hike
  • Leadership
  • Service to an organization

Scouts need to Bring:

  • Items for first aid kit

$5 for Scouts, $7.50 for Adults (Scouts Provide Event Leader)

$10 for Scouts, $15 for Adults (Calusa Provides Event Leader)

Fur, Feathers, and Ferns

At this event, the group will take a one-mile nature hike on Calusa’s trails.

The event leader will:

  • Assist scouts in identifying six signs that mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, or plants are living by the nature trail.
  • Help scouts name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years and one animal that is endangered and explain their declines.
  • Help scouts observe wildlife by pointing out and identifying animals.
  • Show scouts how to use a magnifying glass to examine plants closely.

By the end of the program, scouts will have learned or experienced:

  • Animal identification
  • Endangered species
  • Use of a magnifying glass for plant identifcation

Scouts need to Bring:

  • Nothing

Cost:

$5 for Scouts, $7.50 for Adults (Scouts Provide Event Leader)

$10 for Scouts, $15 for Adults (Calusa Provides Event Leader)

 

To Book any of the Cub Scout Programs, call 239-275-3435 and ask for Casey, or email [email protected]