At Valley Crest Farm & Preserve we recognize that scouting works best when it takes place outdoors. Our Board of Trustees and staff have long histories with scouting and are excited to share their experiences with today’s Cub, Girl, and Boy Scouts. To register your troop or scout for any of our programs, email Rachel McGovern at firstname.lastname@example.org at call her at 908 531 0305. Rachel is also a certified Merit Badge Counselor.
SEASONAL PROGRAMS FOR SCOUTS
The outdoors is the laboratory for scouts to learn ecology and practice the conservation of nature’s resources. By being close to nature helps, scouts gain an appreciation for our natural world and humankind's place in it. These memorable outdoor experiences encourage young people to share responsibilities and learn leadership skills, which is the foundation of all scouting.
Our farm provides the resources and structure that scouts need to appreciate and enjoy the outdoors. From relating the health of macroinvertebrates found in the farm’s streams and ponds to the health of our watersheds….to picking a fresh peach or apple from our orchards to make healthy snacks or apple pies over a fire, these hands-on experiences help scouts build the connections that they take with them as they grow.
The following programs do not correlate with a particular badge or adventure, but are a great way to build relationships within troops.
Campfire and Evening Hike
What better thing to do than sit around a fire pit at the top of the hill overlooking the grand view of the valley and western sunset than be at Valley Crest Farm & Preserve. We end the program with an explorative night hike, where scouts get to play games, listen for animals, and learn about the fascinating nocturnal adaptations of the crepuscular and nocturnal animals that inhabit our forests.
*Spring and Summer
Get your hands dirty looking for the macroinvertebrates in our streams and pond. Learn how to assess the health of the stream by what kind of animals are living in it. From frogs that use their eyes to swallow, to caddisfly larvae that make their own stone homes, there’s always something to see in our aquatic ecosystems.
Healthy Pizza Party
*Summer and Fall
We’ll start out making pizza crusts, and while they rise, scouts will take a short trip to the farm stand to pick out our fresh, vegetable toppings, right from the field! We’ll make some healthy “soda” and eat the pizza together. $ *Add a campfire with S’mores to this program to end the night!
Apple Cider Making
Learn the natural and cultural history of apples, and use our cider press to see how apple cider is made. We’ll pick fresh apple from the field, and each get a taste of the apple as well as the cider that comes from it.
*Add this program to a “Pick for the Pantry” program! A great way to get scouts active in the community, and active in making healthy choices!