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Stroud Water Research Center's education activity patch.

The Stroud Center’s unique activity patch features the winning design from our 2017 patch design contest — submitted by Reagan Hyman from Brownie Troop 457 in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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.

Available Programs

Day and overnight programs are available. Overnight programs include leave-no-trace camping in our experimental watershed or a night in our research facility’s meeting house, 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.

Thomas P. Bentley Muddy Boots Fund

Bentley Systems logo, with Advancing Infrastructure tagline. Chester County Council Boy Scouts of America logo

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).

Questions? Email scoutprograms@stroudcenter.org.

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