Stroud Water Research Center offers programs year-round for Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups. Your den, pack, or troop will learn about stream and watershed health through fun, hands-on educational activities while earning a unique Stroud Center activity patch.
Day and overnight programs are available. Overnight programs include leave-no-trace camping in our experimental watershed or a night in the meeting house of our research facility followed by more activities the next day.
Programs can simply be for fun with watershed science or to complete Scout adventures, merit badges, awards, journeys, advancement, or service requirements. Example programs include:
- Boots-in-the-water stream studies for scouts of all ages (may include collecting and identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates, water chemistry experiments, stream habitat assessments, and/or night hikes with electrofishing for freshwater eels [limited to only a few per year]).
- Service projects including planting and monitoring of riparian forests.
- Girl Scouts: the WOW: Wonders of Water Journey for Brownies.
- Cub Scouts: Science Everywhere STEM Nova Award.
- Boy Scouts: Soil & Water Conservation, Fish & Wildlife, and Environmental Science merit badges.
Because of a generous gift from the Thomas P. Bentley Muddy Boots Fund (see below), all programs for Boy Scouts are now free.
Thomas P. Bentley Muddy Boots Fund
The Stroud Center and Chester County Council, BSA, thank Greg, Keith, and Ray Bentley for their generous support and creation of the Thomas P. Bentley Muddy Boots Fund. With this support all programs with Chester County Council, BSA, units are free (after a fully refundable program reservation fee).