Scout Programs

Build confidence, leadership, and outdoor skills in the Backcountry! The Backcountry Wilderness Area provides close-to-home opportunities for exploration, observation, and creation in the natural world. Our Scout programs are tailored to meet the activity and badge requirements for troops. We are happy to work with you on specific needs for your troop, including any additional badge and Journey opportunities.

Get outside and enjoy the beauty of the Backcountry for your everyday indoor meetings! Along with Scout Programs, we are now offering property rentals for your weekly meetings, ceremonies, end of year parties, and more! Backcountry Wilderness Area provides close-to-home space for a nice outdoor setting for whatever it is you’re looking for. We are happy to work with you on specific needs for your troop.

Our BaseCamp Rentals start at $35 for a max of 25 people. We offer the Bobcat Den for $35/hour with a 1 hour minimum. The Backyard/play field for $60/hour with a 2 hour minimum. The Party Area for $60/hour with a 2 hour minimum. We are also renting out the entire Basecamp Area that includes all three of these areas for $110 with a 2 hour limit. Add-on choices include propane fire use, access to goats, screen and projector, Giant Jenga or Cornhole, and archery.

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Key Scout Programs Information

  • Length: 90 minutes
  • Cost:
    Program Cost/Scout Minimum Cost 
     Scout Nature Program (90 minutes)  $15  $120
     Scout Horseback Programs (120 minutes)  $35  $210
     Campfire and S’mores (30 minutes)  Per Group  $50
     Animal Enrichment (30 minutes)  Per Group  $50
     Troop Movie Night  Per Group   $200
     Base Camp Rental  Per Group  $35 - 110/hour
  • Capacity: For effective teaching, we limit scout programs to 20 scouts per program. Horseback programs are capped at 12 scouts per program in the summer months, and 10 scouts per program the rest of the year. We encourage troops to contact other troops in the area to partner together on these programs.
  • What to Wear: Closed-toe shoes are required for all participants. Scout programs typically run rain, snow, or shine, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. 
  • Location: All of our scout programs begin at Backcountry Base Camp: 6005 Ron King Trail, Littleton, 80125. Map & Directions 
  • Late Arrivals: Please inform us if you are running late to your program. Should your group arrive late, the program will still end at the scheduled time.
  • Payment: Payment and head count is due 14 days before the program date.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    More than 7 days in advance: We will issue a refund minus a $20 cancellation fee. 
    Fewer than 7 days in advance: We will hold 50% of the total program fee.
    Programs may be rescheduled up to 48 hours before the scheduled start of the program at no cost, subject to availability.

Girl Scouts

Brownie

Bugs
There are more than a million species of insects on Earth, and we are going to investigate a few of them in the Backcountry. After an introduction to what makes insects so neat, we will learn a silly insect song to remember some of our facts! We will search for bugs in action on a hike, look for varying types of insect homes in our insect hotel, and create our own insect craft to take home!

Hiker
From route-finding to packing and snacking, come out to learn the ins and outs of hiking! We will look at a map and decide on a route, learn new hiking skills, use all of our senses along the trail, and enjoy a hike in the Backcountry!
*While this badge includes packing a snack for energy, we ask that troop leaders make the snack at a prior meeting or bring the snack materials themselves due to allergy knowledge and concerns.

Household Elf
Through demonstrations and games, we will explore the ways in which we use resources in our daily lives. After completing the activities, scouts will be ready to save water, energy, and resources in new ways!

Outdoor Adventurer
Already have your Hiker badge? Practice some new camp skills with your troop in the Backcountry! We will learn more about camping through fun games and hands-on practice. Please contact Backcountry staff for specific camp offerings to meet your troop’s goals.

Outdoor Art Creator
After a short hike to get out into nature, we will create outdoor art in place at our destination. We will incorporate sound, sight, and touch into our natural artwork and encourage scouts to take photos of their art to develop their nature photography skills!

Senses
During our Senses hike, we will use our eyes, ears, nose, and fingers to explore the Backcountry. We will learn why it is important to use multiple senses when gathering information. Scout leaders, please contact Backcountry staff for taste options.

Scouts BSA

Scout Program Add-ons

The Fun Never Ends!
Keep the adventure going and add some fun extras to the end of your program!

  • Campfire and S’mores (30 minutes): End your program with stories around the campfire, and delicious S’mores! The troop will also have some time to run any leftover energy off in the Basecamp Backyard. (Pending fire restrictions)
  • Animal Enrichment (30 minutes): Get some quality time with our barnyard animals as the troop encourages the goats to play on their playground, check for eggs, and even take the goats out on a wal
  • Astronomy Viewing (1 hour): Enjoy a tour of the night sky through out telescope, and learn about the constellations, planets, galaxy, and more! (Pending Availability)
  • Private Movie Night: Pull up a camp chair and enjoy a summertime favorite- outdoor movies! Movie choices vary, only available May – September. (Pending Availability)

More Scout Program Information

Questions?
Contact Becca Venable at [email protected] or 303-471-7054.