Scout Programs

Scout Programs


Looking for a way for your scout group to earn badges? Learn more about the scout programs we offer at the Park District:

Brickton Art Center

Potter Badge

Earn this badge in a fun, 1.5-hour session at Brickton Art Center. Our instructor covers topics required to earn the badge such as the history of ceramics, kiln operations, and hand building techniques. The scouts also have a hands-on experience working with clay by making and glazing their own coil pot. Projects are ready for pickup in 10-14 days.

Fee: $12/scout (min 5/max 20)

Painting Badge

Learn to paint and color your world in this 1.5-hour session at Brickton Art Center. We help you earn your badge while creating a colorful self-portrait on 11x14 canvas.

Class covers how to:

  • Get inspired
  • Paint the real world
  • Paint a mood
  • Paint without brushes
  • Paint a mural

When you’ve earned this badge, you’ll have new ideas about what to paint—and how to paint it.  

Fee: $12/scout (min 5/max 20)

Days and times can be arranged by emailing the Brickton Art Center Director, Alyssa Harris,

Centennial Fitness Center

Scout Swim Lane Rental

Does your scouting group need their aquatic merit badge? This program is designed for scout groups that need to fulfill their water safety requirements for their merit badge. This program is not designed to meet the requirements of the Boys Scouts of America Aquatics Badge.

A maximum of 10 scouts can be accommodated and all scouts must be accompanied by a leader. All pool rules apply during Scout Swim.

Fee: $40 if the group just needs pool space and $55 if they need a staff member to sign off on any requirements.

Contact Ethan Williams at 847-692-8599 or for lane rental availability.

Wildwood Nature Center

Wildwood offers programs for Daisies, Brownies, and Junior Girl Scouts, as well as Cub Scout programs for Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos that fulfill all the necessary requirement to earn a badge. We also offer general campfire and fishing programs. See age level below for more information on specific programs.

General Programs

  • Animals
  • Hiking
  • Geocaching
  • Campfire
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Workdays/Clean-Ups
  • Eagle Scout Projects/Gold Award Projects

Booking a Program

Programs are usually scheduled on weekdays in the afternoons or evenings. We ask that you book your program by the 15th of the month before your program so we can schedule our staff. Programs booked after that date will have to wait for staff confirmation. To book your program, email Cara at or call 847-692-3570.

Learn more about the Wildwood Nature Center's Scout Program.