• A translucent blanket of clouds hangs over the snowy continental divide above Bear Lake Road. NPS Photo by VIP Olsen

    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

Scout Ranger Programs

Come earn your Boy Scout or Girl Scout badges!
Rocky Mountain National Park provides scouts with an ideal location to work towards many of their nature and outdoor adventure badges. Our scout programs are designed to meet some or all of the requirements for over 15 scout badges. The time spent in these programs can count towards the National Park Service Resource Stewardship Boy Scout Ranger and Girl Scout Ranger certificates and patches.

General Scout Programs

Boy Scout Programs Girl Scout Programs

Scout Programs 2013

To schedule a program:
Contact the Environmental Education Office
Mark DeGregorio, Education and Outreach Coordinator
e-mail or 970-586-3777

The Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Program was created by the National Park Service in partnership with BSA and GSA to help scouts gain a better understanding of the National Park Service mission and to encourage them to help conserve the nation's natural, cultural and historic resources. The program is designed to engage scouts in education and volunteer projects in units of the National Park Service. In recognition of their resource stewardship activities, scouts are awarded certificates and/or patches for their participation. A certificate is earned when five hours are completed in education programs or volunteer service and a patch is awarded if 10 hours are completed. To learn more about the scout ranger program, visit the National Park Service Youth Programs Website.
 

General Scout Programs

Summer
Scouts After Dark
An evening program that introduces scouts to the adaptations of nocturnal animals in Rocky Mountain National Park. Scouts use all of their senses to discover the nighttime world.

Winter
Winter Survival
This guided snowshoe hike includes instruction on how to be safe when participating in winter outdoor activities. Scouts will look for potential avalanche sites, build shelters, and assemble a pack to take for a day in the snow. This program completes some requirement for the Boy Scout Wilderness Survival Merit Badge and the Girl Scout Outdoor Survival Interest Project.

Winter Ecology
A guided snowshoe hike that introduces scouts to the conditions of winter in Rocky Mountain National Park and the adaptations that plants and animals have to survive these harsh and changing conditions.

Full Moon Snowshoe
A moonlit snowshoe hike in Rocky Mountain National Park that introduces scouts to some of the adaptations that allow animals to survive through a harsh winter night in the Park.

**Snowshoes are provided for all winter programs**

 

Boy Scout Programs

Forestry
Scouts take an in depth look at some of the trees of Rocky Mountain National Park and explore some of the challenges of forestry management.

Bird Study
Scouts learn about the birds of Rocky Mountain National Park and learn some skills that will enable them to engage in birding activities.

Fish and Wildlife Management
Scouts learn about what skills wildlife biologists use and wildlife issues Rocky Mountain National Park is working to manage.

Plant Science
Scouts learn about the plant life in Rocky Mountain National Park and investigate to discover the unique features some plants have to survive in this environment.

Geology
Scouts investigate the Alluvial Fan of Rocky Mountain National Park to discover its geology and history.

Mammal Study
Scouts learn about the natural history and adaptations of some of the animals that live in Rocky Mountain National Park on a short hike through the montane ecosystem.

 

Girl Scout Programs

Brownie Girl Scouts
Animals and Watching Wildlife*

In this program, scouts will look for evidence of some animals that make Rocky Mountain National Park their home.

Outdoor Adventurer*
Scouts use their senses to explore the great outdoors of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Eco-explorer*
Scouts examine animal homes and habitats of the montane ecosystem.

Junior Girl Scouts
Hiker and Outdoor Surroundings*

Scouts go on a short hike to explore with the environment of Rocky Mountain National Park through a variety of investigative and artistic activities.

Rocks Rock and Earth Connections*
Scouts explore the geology and ecosystems of Rocky Mountain National Park through a variety of hands-on activities.

Wildlife*
Scouts investigate wildlife's importance to human culture and natural ecosystems through a variety of investigative and artistic activities.

Water Wonders*
Scouts explore the amazing world of water seeking out water bugs and discovering headwaters of the Rocky Mountains.

Cadette/Senior/Ambassador Girl Scouts
All About Birds
Scouts will learn about the birds of Rocky Mountain National Park and learn skills that will enable them to engage in birding activities.

Wildlife
Scouts learn about what skills wildlife biologists use and some wildlife issues within Rocky Mountain National Park.

* All requirements for the badge(s) are achieved during the program.

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