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, 2022

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 16, 2023

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$15 Boone County Residents

$25 Non-residents

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Leatherwork

January 16, 2023

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

$15 Boone County Residents

$25 Non-residents

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Nature

April 29, 2023

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$15 Boone County Residents

$25 Non-residents

Prerequisites: Scouts must collect and identify ahead of time, and bring with them, 5 different types of rocks from their area for display and discussion.

Be prepared to go outside for part of the day.

Bring lunch and a water bottle..

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Soil & Water Conservation

August 15, 2023

10:00 am – 2:00 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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Wilderness Survival 

October 9, 2023

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$15 Boone County Residents

$25 Non-residents

Prerequisite: This workshop covers requirements #1 – #4, #9 – #12. Scout should bring survival kit from #5 for review and verification.

All other requirements are the responsibility of the scout.

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Merit Badge List

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

  • Backpacking
  • Bird Study
  • Camping
  • Environmental Science
  • Fish & Wildlife Management
  • Forestry
  • Hiking
  • Insect Study
  • Orienteering
  • Plant Science
  • Reptile & Amphibian Study
  • Sustainability

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.