APEC Important
Please Note:
Due to high demand for school trips, space is limited. As a result a $50 nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of booking.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). A Scout who gets to this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. For many boy scouts attaining this rank requires them to create and carry out a project of great depth and scope. The Eagle Scout Service Project is the opportunity for a Scout to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of any community institute.

Likewise, The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. “Open only to girls in high school, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn—and it’s only available to Girl Scouts. As a Gold Award Girl Scout, you’re challenged to change the world—or at least your corner of it.”

Here at APEC we have been facilitating these scout activities for many years. Some of the past projects included the following:
• Build bridges
• Renovate picnic tables
• Remove invasive plants
• Renovate/build trails 
• Put up bat & bluebird houses, wood duck nests
• Reopen trails
• Maintain old trails
• Plant native trees/shrubs in our forests
• Build habitats for animals and biodiversity gardens
• Litter clean-up
• Create vegetable gardens
• Conducting biodiversity surveys

All scouts interested in carrying out a project in our park are invited to call Katie, the scout coordinator, at 718-229-4000 ext. 205 to discuss possible project ideas in the park. All projects that have been approved are expected to be carried through to completion. APEC will not be responsible for providing materials for any approved projects. We are simply responsible for facilitating the project and signing off at its completion.

Without the work and dedication of all the eagle scouts and girl scouts over the many years APEC would not be able to function as effectively or be as aesthetically pleasing as it is now. APEC salutes the scouts!

Click here to see some images of previous scouts projects completed here.

APEC offers a great opportunity for scout groups to achieve their badges and become exposed to environmental topics in a hands-on and personal manner. Crafts, realia, animal time, experiments, and a hike are major components of most of our scout programs. To see more about the scouts programs we offer, open the brochure below!

 

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Badge programs These programs are geared towards helping the scouts to fulfill a specific badge or achievement. There is a lesson, activities and experiments to reinforce the lesson, and help scouts complete their badge. For each program different animal ambassadors or nature walks are used as a resource to enrich the scouts’ connection to their badge.

What We Offer:              Duration:            Pricing:

Badge Program                     1.5 hours       $125 (up to 15 participants) +$8 for each additional participant


Extended Badge Program    2 hours          $150 (up to 15 participants) +$8 for each additional participant


Half Day Program                 3 hours          $200 (up to 15 participants) +$8 for each additional participant

Note: For older scouts investigating science and nature on a more advanced level we offer extended and half day programs. These intensive programs cover all the information required to gain proficiency on the chosen environmental topic. Often times Merit Badges require these 2 or even 3 hour long programs to complete all requirements. The program involves an interactive presentation, a merit badge worksheet, activities, animals, or nature walks.

General programs These programs provide opportunity for scouts groups to engage with nature and live animals up close. They can serve to supplement a badge or simply to celebrate the environment! Scout groups will meet some of our animal ambassadors during the first half of the program and then conclude their program with a hike through the park’s trails. 

General Program                1 hour             $100 (up to 15 participants) +$8 for each additional participant

 

Please note that APEC closes to the public at 4:30 pm each weekday for afterschool programming, weekend programming may be available but closing times fluctuate.

Call Katie at Extension 205 for information or to book your scouts trip today!