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Scout Programs

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Fees, Camping and General Information Resources and Service Opportunities

The Champaign County Forest Preserves provide the perfect setting for historical, environmental, and plant-related scout badges and patches. Our programs offer unique, hands-on opportunities to experience nature and history in an interactive environment.

Our staff can help your scouts earn badges, rank achievements, and special awards in an exciting and fun way!

If you don't find the exact program you are looking for, please contact us. We may be equipped to offer a specialized program for your group.

We also offer a variety of resources, including loan backpacks, loan kits, self guided trail brochures and more.

Contact

Museum tours
Katie Riopelle kriopelle@ccfpd.org (217) 586-2612

Other Scout Programs, and Interpretive Center Tours

Chelsey Walsh cwalsh@ccfpd.org (217) 896-2455

 

Fees and General Information

60- to 90-minute program $25 for up to 20 scouts + $1.50 for each additional scout
2- to 4- hour program $50 for up to 20 scouts + $1.50 for each additional scout
(These programs may require 2 sessions to complete.)
Guided Hike (45-60 minutes) $25 (maximum capacity: 20 scouts per hike)
Guided Tour of the Homer Lake Interpretive Center (20 min): $25 (maximum capacity: 20 scouts per tour)
Self-Guided Tour of the Museum of the Grand Prairie (30-90 min): FREE (maximum capacity: 15 scouts per tour)
Self-Guided Tour of the Homer Lake Interpretive Center and/or the Nature Playscape at Homer Lake (30-90 min): FREE (groups of 10 scouts or more must contact cwalsh@ccfpd.org or 217-896-2455 at least two weeks before your visit) Self-Guided Tour

Reservations for all programs and tours must be made at least two weeks in advance. To better serve you, we require that scout leaders provide 1 adult chaperone for every 5 scouts. Nametags are appreciated.

For scout programs that take place outdoors, participants must dress for the weather. Some scout programs are only offered seasonally and at specific locations.

Please note: Participation in these scout programs does not fulfill all requirements for a badge or patch. Scouts will need to complete additional work in their pack or troop. Scout leaders must provide their own badges, patches, pins, belt loops, or awards.

Camping Information
Scouts of all ages can practice their camping skills at Middle Fork Forest Preserve! At the
campgrounds, you can fish, hike, swim, and watch wildlife. Middle Fork is the perfect place to
practice survival skills, identify local trees and wildflowers, and build a fire.

The campground is open April 1 to October 31.
Reservations and payments should be made at least one week in advance.
Contact Middle Fork’s Site Superintendent at 217-595-5432 to make a reservation.

Sundays-Thursdays
$12.00 Campsite without electricity
$14.00 Campsite with electricity

Fridays and Saturdays
$16.00 Campsite without electricity
$20.00 Campsite with electricity

Holidays

$20.00 Campsite without electricity
$25.00 Campsite with electricity

Group Sites

$55.00 Indian Ridge without electricity
$65.00 Burr Oak with electricity

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