The Cape May County Zoo offers a unique program for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to complete most or all of the steps necessary to earn wildlife and animal related badges. Each program offers guided walks through the zoo, up-close animal experiences, and hands-on learning. We offer three Scout Program options
Animal Adventure Program
All Ages Cub Scouts: Tigers, Wolf, Bears & Webelos Girls Scouts: Daisies & Brownies Includes up-close encounters with our education animals, classroom activities, activity booklet, guided hike to earn requirements, and a special Cape May County Park & Zoo Honorary Scout Badge. Materials included are: Pre-program information for Scout Leaders, book of activities for Scouts, pencils, scavenger hunt booklets, and official Park & Zoo Honorary Scout Badge.
Junior Girl Scouts Animal Habitats
Imagine meeting a Monkey or walking near a Wallaby. These animals live in the wild, so we don’t get to spend too much time with them in their natural homes-their habitats. But that doesn't mean we can’t find out more about where they live, how they play, and how we can help them, while we visit at the Cape May County Park & Zoo. Steps to complete with this program:
Find out more about wild animals. Investigate an animal habitat. Create an animal house. Explore endangered habitats. Help protect animal habitats. This program includes up-close encounters with our education animals, classroom activities, activity booklet for their badge requirements, and a guided hike. This program will cover 4 of the 5 required steps for the Girl Scout Badge.
Boy Scouts Mammal Study
Join us for a wild adventure while you work on your Mammal Study Merit Badge. This program covers #1, #2, #3C and #4C of your badge requirements. #5 is to be completed on the Scouts time and upon completion the Scout will be eligible for their Mammal Study Merit Badge. Blue cards cannot be signed the day of the program.This program includes a Merit Badge Workbook, up-close encounters with our education animals, classroom activities, mammal observation time, and exploration of the Zoo. This program will cover 4 of the 5 required steps for the Boy Scouts Merit Badge.
Important Scout Program Information:
The minimum program charge is $105 for 7 scouts at $15 each and 1 adult Leader/Chaperone. All Leaders/Chaperones are free.
Scout Groups must have at 1 Leader/Chaperone per every 7 scouts. (2 adults are required for 8-14 scouts, 3 are required for 15-20 scouts),
All Scout Groups must pre-register and be paid in full at least 2 weeks in advance.
Programs are offered from September through June, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.
Additional chaperones and family members are welcome to join our zoo portion of the program for an additional charge.