Group Tours and Youth Programs

Group Tours and Youth Programs

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, & Ambassadors

 

Patch Programs and Girl Scout Badge/Journey Requirements:

Our programs are specifically designed to capture the attention of teenage Girl Scouts and encourage them to be active conservationists and leaders in their communities by drawing attention to themes in the geosciences, wildlife, and recreational use of outdoor spaces. While we do not currently offer programs for teens to meet ALL the requirements for a specific badge or journey, our patch programs may meet certain requirements for a badge or journey they may already be working to earn. Below is a list of the requirements for each age level that we feel are met by participating in one of our patch programs. Remember – please do not use one activity to “double up” on earning requirements.

1.    Going Batty Patch
a.    Cadette Woodworker Badge
                                         i.    Requirement #1 - Swing a Hammer
                                        ii.    Requirement #3 - Use a Screwdriver
                                       iii.    Requirement #5 - Build Something Yourself
b.    Cadette Night Owl Badge
                                         i.    Requirement #1 – Nightlife
                                        ii.    Requirement #4 – Explore Nature at Night
c.    Senior Game Visionary Badge
                                         i.    Requirement #1 – Break the Ice (Rock, Paper, Scissors)
2.    Directions Matter Patch
a.    Cadette Trailblazing Badge
                                         i.    Requirement #4: Navigate with a Compass or GPS
3.    Geology Rocks Patch
a.    Senior Adventurer Badge
                                         i.     Requirement #1: Ecology & Geology of Area
b.    Ambassador Water Badge
                                         i.    Requirement #1: Reflect on Your Relationship with Water
                                        ii.    Requirement #4: Explore Water Solutions

 

                                       iii.    Requirement #5: Educate and Inspire Others

Geology Rocks Patch

Discover the depths of geoscience studies. Scouts will investigate rock & mineral properties, while learning to identify them. They will dive deep into geologic time while exercising their creativity and looking at sample fossil specimens. Geological features of karst terrain will be examined, while discovering how caves are part of our groundwater system. Each scout will put together a rock collection to take home.  The nine hour program features four hands-on Geology workshops conducted by our experienced staff plus 'An Introduction to Speleology' pre-tour program, a special interpretive tour of the caverns, a light snack, and a rock collection for each girl.  

Featured Workshops Include:

  • Rocks & Minerals
  • Caves, Karst, & Conservation
  • Soil & Groundwater
  • Fossils & Geologic Time

Overnight Options

To receive more information (i.e. pricing, dates, sessions) about each program sign-up for our Scout Leader Area

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Going Batty Patch

Bats are the focus of this fun patch program, as they are a key “nuts & bolts” species in ecosystems around the world. Discover their importance to the habitats they live in, investigate different bat families, and research local bat species that live in your neighborhood. Complete the patch by working with your troop to build a bat house to be installed in your hometown.   This nine hour program features four interactive workshops conducted by our experienced staff plus 'An Introduction to Speleology' pre-tour program, a special interpretive tour of the caverns, and a bat house for each troop to hang in their community.  

Featured Workshops Include:

  • Intro. to Mammals and Bats of the World
  • Mammal (Bats) Research
  • What Bats Eat
  • Building Bat Houses

Overnight Options

To receive more information (i.e. pricing, dates, sessions) about each program sign-up for our Scout Leader Area

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 Directions Matter Patch

Learn about fun outdoor ‘hide & seek’ orienteering activities – geocaching and letterboxing! Girl Scouts will learn to operate a handheld GPS unit, set coordinates, and find waypoints. They will use teamwork and games to discuss compasses, map-making, geocaching and letterboxing lingo, safety, and rules. A scout-centered geocache hunt awaits at the end of the day. Each Girl Scout makes a letterboxing craft to use in their own geocaching adventures.  This nine hour program features four interactive workshops conducted by our experienced staff plus 'An Introduction to Speleology' pre-tour program, a special interpretive tour of the caverns, and letterboxing materials for each girl.  

Featured Workshops Include:

  • Letterboxing
  • How & Why of GPS
  • Geocache Hunt
  • Compasses & Mapping

Overnight Options

To receive more information (i.e. pricing, dates, sessions) about each program sign-up for our Scout Leader Area

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Patch Combinations

Spend the weekend at Lincoln Caverns - Choose 2 Patches to complete during your stay.  Enjoy a Saturday evening Dark Zone tour of the two beautiful crystal caverns, Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks.   Our new Dark Zone tours explore the caverns by flashlight AND blacklight!  Learn about cavern exploration, different cave zones, cave animals, mineral fluorescence, phosphorescence, and much much more.  

 

Overnight Options

To receive more information (i.e. pricing, dates, sessions) about each program sign-up for our Scout Leader Area

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Patch Events for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, & Ambassadors

These Patch Events cater to small troops, so they can participate in a patch program with no minimum fees required. Lincoln Caverns will offer opportunities for troops to register directly with Lincoln Caverns and participate in the patch programs offered during their visit.

Friday evening indoor lodging is available to participants of the Saturday program which runs from 8:45 AM - 4:30PM. A special evening Introduction to Speleology program will be presented to participants in either badge program, followed by a unique flashlight tour of Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Saturday evening). The Sunday morning program begins at 8:45 AM and finishes at 3:45 PM. Indoor lodging on Saturday night will be available for participants in the Sunday programs.

  • Saturday, October 27 - Sunday, October 28, 2018 - Ghosts & Goblins Party with the Going Batty Patch
  • Friday, November 16 - Sunday, November 18, 2018 - Directions Matter Patch & Geology Rocks Patch Combo
  • Friday, February 22 - Sunday, February 24, 2019 - Going Batty Patch & Geology Rocks Patch Combo
  • Friday, March 29 - Sunday, March 31, 2019 - Directions Matter Patch & Going Batty Patch Combo


Pre-registration is required and will be accepted on a first-come/first-serve basis. Receive information packet by signing up in our Scout Leader Area  Registration/Deposit Payment is now available online by clicking on the event of your choice in our Events Calendar

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 Overnight Options

Bring your sleeping bags and spend the night in heated/air-conditioned comfort upstairs in our learning center. There is room to sleep up to 60 people. Restroom facilities are located in our Visitors' Center wing and refrigeration is available. Coffee maker and TV with VCR on site. Indoor lodging available for one night only: the night prior to or the night during your program.

OR

March thru November:

Enjoy primitive camping in our new group campground atop Warrior Ridge. Private, level sites in wooded areas adjoining a large field for group activities. At each group site porta-johns, fire rings, picnic tables, water for putting out fires, and trash barrels are provided. Drinking water must be carried from the Visitors Center. Firewood and ice is available for a small fee. Easy access from Route 22 via a gravel road. Stay as long as you like: primitive camping nights unlimited.

Overnight programs include special flashlight tours of the caverns!

A two-day option with lodging elsewhere is also available.

To receive more information (i.e. pricing, dates, sessions) about each program sign-up for our Scout Leader Area

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Events at Lincoln Caverns

September 21, 2018

Scout BSA Geology & Geocaching Camporee

Join scouts from PA and surrounding states to earn one or two merit badges and enjoy great camping.

September 22, 2018

Cub Scout Finding Your Way Adventure for Wolves!

Kick off your scout year with a program at Lincoln Caverns!

September 28, 2018

NEW Webelos Earth Rocks Adventure with Science Everywhere NOVA Award Combo Program

Earn the Earth Rocks Adventure pin PLUS stay the night before to earn a NOVA Award!

September 29, 2018

Webelos Event Day - Earth Rocks Adventure!

Fall into fun with this hands-on geology program.

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