For Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts

Engaging programs and hands-on experiences for your Scouts!

Fulfill your badge requirements while exploring the Toledo Zoo! You and your scouts will meet a live animal, tour part of the zoo with your zoo guide, and complete all the requirements needed for your badge.

Programs can be scheduled to meet the needs of your group and many can travel to you through the outreach program.  Please contact us with at least three weeks prior to your date to schedule.  Admission is not included in program fee, participants must enter on a Zoo membership or purchase admission.  While scouts are in their badge program, additional guests are asked to visit the Zoo exhibits and grounds, then rejoin scouts after program completion.  Free Parking at the Anthony Wayne side of the Zoo and present your confirmation upon entering.

To Register
contact Peggy Coutcher: 419-385-5721, ext 2042 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Girl Scouts Badge Programs:


Daisy, Clover Petal
1 hour program; $25 program fee for up to 15 scouts
Will be completing requirement steps 1-3
1. Enjoy Clovers story and discuss it.
2. Make a collage using old magazines or postcards
3. Practice being resourceful. With your Daisy friends, come up with three ways you can use resources wisely in your meeting place.

Brownie, Bugs
1 hour program; $25 program fee for up to 15 scouts
Will be completing requirement steps 1-5
1. Draw a poster of an insect.
2. Make a bug craft.
3. See bugs in action.
4. Explore bugs homes.
5. Take a bug field trip by visiting The Toledo Zoo.

Brownie, Pets
1 hour program; $25 program fee for up to 15 scouts
Will be completing requirement steps 1-5
1. Find out what care different pets need.
2. Keep a pet comfy, do this by creating a home for the guinea pig or drawing a home for your pet.
3.  Help a pet stay healthy and safe; create a budget for your pet (how much is a free pet) for one year-10 years.
4.  Make a pet feel loved, discus ways animal communicate.
5.  Feed a pet or care for a pet.

Brownie, Senses
1 hour program; $25 program fee for up to 15 scouts
Will be completing requirement steps 1-5
1. Look around. Play Kim’s Game, have 10 random items on a table covered by a cloth. The cloth will be lifted for 10 second then recover the items and challenge the group on how many items they can remember.
2. Listen to the world. Listen for 10 different sounds and draw a picture of what might be making those sounds.
3. Put your nose to work, play a smelly game with your friends. Five containers will be marked with a number on each and will contain a strong smell. Each scout will take a turn smelling and identifying what’s in the container just by smell.
4. Take a taste test. Look at the taste buds on a friend’s tongue ad find out more on what makes someone a “supertaster.”
5. Touch and feel. Try Braille by learning how to write your name.

Junior, Animal Habitats
2 hour program; $35 program fee for up to 15 scouts
Will be completing requirement steps 1-5
1.  Find out about wild animals.
2. Investigate an animal habitat.
3. Create an animal house and check out baby animal habitats.
4.  Explore endangered habitats.
5. Help protect animal habitats by learning about an endangered animal.

Senior, Voice for Animals
2 hour program; $35 program fee for up to 15 scouts
Will be completing requirement steps 1-5
1. Interview an animal-rescue worker. Find out what animal issues there are in your community and what it’s like to have a career protecting animals.  Share your interview with other Girl Scouts.
2. Track a beauty product. Find one that doesn’t have “cruelty-free” or “produced without animal testing” written on its label. 
3. Visit a working farm or ranch. Talk to a zookeeper or staff worker about their animal practices. 
4. Interview people behind the scenes. This might be a zookeeper, animal trainer, or the owner of a show dog.  Prepare a list of questions. 
5. Create a public service announcement. Put your audiovisual skills to work and create a two-minute public service video or slide show to get your message across. 

Cub Scout Badge Programs


Webelos, Naturalist
2 hour program; $35 program fee for up to 15 scouts
Will complete requirements # 4, 7, 9, 10, and 12
4. Visit a museum of natural history, nature center, or zoo with your family or pack.
7. Learn to identify poisonous plants and venomous reptiles found in your area.
9. Give examples of: A producer, a consumer, and a decomposer in the food chain of an ecosystem and one way humans have changed the balance of nature. Be able to answer “How you can help protect the balance of nature?”
10. Identify a plant, bird, or wild animal that is found only in your area of the country. Tell why it survives only in your area.
12. Look around your neighborhood and identify how litter might be dangerous to the birds and other animals.

Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop
1 hour program; $25 program fee for up to 15 scouts
Will be completing requirements 1-3
1. Explain what natural resources are and why it’s important to protect and conserve them.
2. Make a poster that shows and explains the food chain. Describe to your den what happens if the food chain becomes broken or damaged.
3. Learn about an endangered species. Make a report to your den that includes a picture, how the species came to be endangered, and what is being done to save it.

Wildlife Conservation Pin
2 hour program; $35 program fee for up to 15 scouts
Will complete requirements #2, 3, 5, 6, 7
2. Collect and read five newspaper or magazine articles that discuss conservation of wildlife and report to your family or den what you learn.
3.  Learn about five animals that use camouflage to protect themselves. Tell your den or an adult family member what you learned.
5.  Make a collage of animals that are in the same class: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, or mammals.
6.  Make a plaster cast of an animal track. Show it to your den.
7.  With your parent or adult partner, visit with a person who works in wildlife conservation, such as a park ranger, biologist, range manager, geologist, horticulturist, zookeeper, fishery technician, or conservation officer.

Pets; Belt Loop
1 hour program; $25 program fee for up to 15 scouts
Will be completing requirements 1-3
1. Care for your pet for two weeks. Make a list of the tasks that you did to take care of your pet.
2. Read a book, explore the Internet (with your parent’s or adult partner’s permission), or acquire a pamphlet about your pet. List three new interesting facts that you learned about your pet.
3. Make a poster about your pet. Share your poster with your den, pack, or family.

Pets; Pin
2 hour program; $35 program fee for up to 15 scouts
Will complete requirement #1, 3, 6, 9, and 10
1. With an adult, develop a plan for someone to care for your pet if you were to be away for one week.
3. Describe how your pet communicates with you and other animals.
6. Make a drawing of the cage or bed your pet requires. Describe the important parts of it.
9. Talk to a veterinarian about his or her career. Share what you learned with your den or family.
10. Tell three ways that animals can help people.

Science; Belt Loop
1 hour program; $25 program fee for up to 15 scouts
Will complete requirements 1-3
1. Explain the scientific method to your adult partner.
2. Use the scientific method in a simple science project. Explain the results to an adult.
3. Visit a museum, a laboratory, an observatory, a zoo, an aquarium, or other facility that employs scientists. Talk to a scientist about his or her work.

For more education programs for scout groups, please consider a Snooze or Safari Overnight!