Scout Programs

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 do-it-yourself resources, including loan backpacks, loan kits, self guided trail brochures and more.

Fees and Information

Programs & Guided Experiences

60- to 90-minute Program*

$25 for up to 20 scouts, plus $1.50 for each additional scout

2- to 4-hour Program*

$50 for up to 20 scouts, plus $1.50 for each additional scout. May require two sessions to complete.

Guided Hike (45-60 minutes)

$25 (maximum capacity: 20 scouts per hike)

Guided Tour of the Museum of the Grand Prairie (46-60 minutes)

$25 (maximum capacity: 20 scouts per hike)

Self-guided Tours

Museum of the Grand Prairie self-guided tour (takes approx. 60 minutes)

Free during open hours. Contact or 217-586-2612 to arrange your visit.

Homer Lake Interpretive Center self-guided tour (takes approx. 20-30 minutes)

Free during open hours. $25 after-hours staffing fee.  Contact or 217-896-2455 to arrange your visit.

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Reservations for all programs and tours must be made at least three weeks in advance. To better serve you, we require that scout leaders provide one adult chaperone for every five 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.

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 last weekend in October. 

For more information and to reserve a campsite, visit


Museum & Cultural History

Pat Cain
(217) 586-2612

Interpretive Center and Environmental

Jennifer Wick
(217) 896-2455

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