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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.

Stroud Center Scout News

The winner of our activity patch design contest
And the Winner Is …
In fall 2017, the Stroud Center’s Education Department sponsored a design contest to develop an activity patch for use in its scout and other youth programs. The public was invited ...
Students Take to the Woods to Monitor Streamside Forests
Students Take to the Woods to Monitor Streamside Forests
This spring, more than 130 students helped Stroud Center educators and watershed restoration staff monitor streamside forests in the Middle-Schuylkill and Brandywine-Christina watersheds ...
Eagle Scout Honored for Design of Outdoor Education Kiosk
Eagle Scout Honored for Design of Outdoor Education Kiosk
Payton Shonk was honored for his Eagle Scout project, an education kiosk, at the Stroud Center's dedication of a new outdoor classroom ...
Students Experience Field-Based Learning at the Stroud Center’s New Outdoor Classroom
Students Experience Field-Based Learning at the Stroud Center’s New Outdoor Classroom
There's just something about going outside. It's fun. It lowers stress. It helps students focus. And it's a great way to learn about freshwater science ...
Brownie Troop Completes Wonders of Water Journey
Brownie Troop Completes Wonders of Water Journey
We are thrilled to now offer Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs! On Saturday April 30, Brownie Troop #4070 visited us to complete their Wonders of Water Journey badges. Chadds ...