All workshops take place at our Nature Center, located at 603 N. Appleton Rd. in Belvidere.

Payment must accompany registration and is non-refundable.

Registration Opens at 12:01 am on November 1, 2021

Please make note of any prerequisites and other items needed for each workshop.

Scouts must provide their own blue merit badge card.

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Textile

January 17, 2022

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$15 Boone County Residents

$25 Non-residents

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Leatherwork

January 17, 2022

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

$15 Boone County Residents

$25 Non-residents

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Fish & Wildlife Management

March 28, 2022

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$15 Boone County Residents

$25 Non-residents

Prerequisites: Requirements #5 and #7 need to be completed by the scout on their own. Evidence of completionis required.

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Environmental Science

August 22, 2022

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$15 Boone County Residents

$25 Non-residents

There are no prerequisites. Be prepared to go outside for part of the day. Bring lunch and a water bottle.

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Plant Science 

October 10, 2022

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$15 Boone County Residents

$25 Non-residents

Prerequisite: Requirement “D” (from field botany option) needs to be completed by the scout on their own. Evidence of completion will be required.

Be prepared to go outside for part of the day.

Bring lunch and a water bottle.

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Merit Badge List

We have a merit badge counselor on staff for the following badges:

  • Backpacking
  • Bird Study
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Insect Study
  • Forestry
  • Mammal Study
  • Nature
  • Orienteering
  • Reptile & Amphibian Study
  • Soil & Water Conservation
  • Sustainability
  • Wilderness Survival

Workshops can be scheduled by request for groups of at least eight guaranteed participants.

Our merit badge counselor is willing to meet with individual scouts to review completed requirements for any of the above badges if scheduled in advance.

Contact Tina Dawson tdawson@bccdil.org for more information.

Eagle Scout Project Opportunities

We have been the beneficiary of several amazing Eagle Scout projects and invite future Eagle Scouts to think of us when they are planning their projects.

Some things to consider:

  • Projects must fit our mission to preserve natural areas for ecological, educational, and recreational benefits.
  • Scouts should contact the BCCD at least 6 – 12 months in advance.
  • Communication will be between scout and BCCD staff.
  • BCCD staff is available for support and help with any road blocks.
  • BCCD has a list of potential projects for scouts to consider.
  • Projects vary in scope and purpose.
  • They should benefit both our human and non-human residents.

Contact Mark Freedlund at mfreedlund@bccdil.org or (815)547-7935.