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Cave of the Mounds is proud to serve Boy Scout groups from all around the Midwest. Boy Scout programs are available all year ’round. We provide a memorable experience designed to meet the needs of each group while supporting the goals and objectives of Boy Scouts and group leaders. Let our certified guides lead your group on an adventure! Make the most of your experience at Cave of the Mounds – where Boy Scouts ROCK!

Boy Scout Event Days & Overnights

These program events are ideal for Boy Scout groups that cannot meet the 20 person minimum for group rates.

May 2: Geology Merit Badge Event Day

May 2: Geology Merit Badge Event Day

May 2: Geology Merit Badge Event Day

Earn your Geology Merit Badge at Cave of the Mounds!

You will complete Geology Merit Badge requirements 1,2,3 4B and 5C as part of this program.

Examine the stories that rocks can tell us about how Earth existed in the distant past through the identification of your very own rock and mineral collection. This program is from 10 am until 2 pm and includes:

Cave Tour
Interactive Lecture
Outdoor Tour
Mining for and Idenifying an Authentic Rock Collection
Time for Lunch

$15 per person
Please bring a lunch and your blue card
Dress for the outdoors

No minimum number of participants required to sign up, however, we strongly recommend signing up as one Pack or Troop, instead of individually, to ensure scouts from the same Pack or Troop are grouped together the day of the event.

Register Online

May 9: Orienteering Merit Badge Event Day

May 9: Orienteering Merit Badge Event Day

May 9: Orienteering Merit Badge Event Day

Work toward your Orienteering Merit Badge at Cave of the Mounds!

You will complete Orienteering Merit Badge requirements 1-7 as part of this program.

Orienteering provides an experience whereby Boy Scouts learn the basics of outdoor survival, how to read a topographic map and how to use a compass to find their way. Orienteering challenge course time included.

This program is approximately 3 hours long and includes:

Cave Tour
Interactive Lecture
Outdoor Tour
Orienteering Challenge Courses
Time for Lunch

$15 per person
Please bring a lunch and your blue card
Dress for the outdoors

No minimum number of participants required to sign up, however, we strongly recommend signing up as one Pack or Troop, instead of individually, to ensure scouts from the same Pack or Troop are grouped together the day of the event.

Register Online

October 3: Geology Merit Badge Event Day

October 3: Geology Merit Badge Event Day

October 3: Geology Merit Badge Event Day

Earn your Geology Merit Badge at Cave of the Mounds!

You will complete Geology Merit Badge requirements 1,2,3 4B and 5C as part of this program.

Examine the stories that rocks can tell us about how Earth existed in the distant past through the identification of your very own rock and mineral collection.

This program is from 10 am until 2 pm and includes:

Cave Tour
Interactive Lecture
Outdoor Tour
Mining for and Idenifying an Authentic Rock Collection
Time for Lunch

$15 per person
Please bring a lunch and your blue card
Dress for the outdoors

No minimum number of participants required to sign up, however, we strongly recommend signing up as one Pack or Troop, instead of individually, to ensure scouts from the same Pack or Troop are grouped together the day of the event.

Register Online

October 10: Orienteering Merit Badge Day

October 10: Orienteering Merit Badge Day

October 10: Orienteering Merit Badge Day

Work toward your Orienteering Merit Badge at Cave of the Mounds!

You will complete Orienteering Merit Badge requirements 1-7 as part of this program.

Orienteering provides an experience whereby Boy Scouts learn the basics of outdoor survival, how to read a topographic map and how to use a compass to find their way. Orienteering challenge course time included.

This program is approximately 3 hours long and includes:

Cave Tour
Interactive Lecture
Outdoor Tour
Orienteering Challenge Courses
Time for Lunch

$15 per person
Please bring a lunch and your blue card
Dress for the outdoors

No minimum number of participants required to sign up, however, we strongly recommend signing up as one Pack or Troop, instead of individually, to ensure scouts from the same Pack or Troop are grouped together the day of the event.

Register Online

November 2-3: Boy Scout Nature at Night Overnight

November 2-3: Boy Scout Nature at Night Overnight

November 2-3: Boy Scout Nature at Night Overnight

Spend the night at Cave of the Mounds! Includes outdoor space for camping. Boy Scout overnights include 4 hours of special night-time programming including:

  • Themed Cave Exploration
  • Night Hike
  • Interactive Educational Program
  • Campfire with S’Mores, Games and Stories
  • Gemstone Mining and/or Fossil Dig Activity and Collection
  • Pizza or Hot Dog Dinner can be added for an additional fee.
  • Continental Breakfast can be added for an addtional fee.

Overnight check-in begins at 5:00 pm and check-out is 9:00 am the following day.

$45 per person
Dress for the outdoors – we will send a packing list prior to the overnight

No minimum number of participants required to sign up, however, we strongly recommend signing up as one Pack or Troop, instead of individually, to ensure scouts from the same Pack or Troop are grouped together the day of the event.

Register Online

Boy Scout Group Programs

All programs include activities led by a Cave of the Mounds educator, a guided cave tour and a guided outdoor tour. Boy Scout programs are available to groups of 20 or more with two-week advance reservation. Programs can be adapted for any age level. Programs are given rain or shine.

Click on each program name below to find out more.

CavesROCK

CavesROCK

CavesROCK

CavesROCK takes your group on a journey through sinkholes, caves and the interesting nature of Wisconsin’s limestone and surrounding karst landscape. Includes authentic fossil collection.

This program is approximately 3 hours long and includes:

  • Cave Tour
  • Interactive Lecture
  • Outdoor Tour
  • Mining for and Idenifying an Authentic Fossil Collection

The CavesROCK program is ideal for younger scouts, but can be adapted for scouts of any age.

RocksROCK

RocksROCK

RocksROCK

RocksROCK provides each Boy Scout with his/her very own collection of rocks, minerals and gems to investigate as they explore the most basic materials that form the earth.

This program is approximately 3 hours long and includes:

  • Cave Tour
  • Interactive Lecture
  • Outdoor Tour
  • Mining for and Idenifying an Authentic Rock and Mineral Collection

The RocksROCK program is ideal for younger scouts, but can be adapted for scouts of any age.

Diggings to Discovery

Diggings to Discovery

Diggings to Discovery

Diggings to Discovery explores the cultural history of the Blue Mounds area and the Cave of the Mounds site from early settlers through the lead mining boom to the discovery of our cave.

This program is approximately 3 hours long and includes:

  • Cave Tour
  • Interactive Lecture
  • Outdoor Tour
  • Fossil Dig Activity including a Rock or Fossil Collection

The Diggings to Discovery program is ideal for older scouts, but can be adapted for scouts of any age.

Geology

Geology

Geology

Geology examines the stories that rocks can tell us about how Earth existed in the distant past through the identification of their very own rock and mineral or authentic fossil collection.

This program is approximately 3 hours long and includes:

  • Cave Tour
  • Interactive Lecture
  • Outdoor Tour
  • Mining for and Idenifying an Authentic Rock or Fossil Collection

Earn your Geology Merit Badge!

You will complete Geology Merit Badge requirements 1,2,3 4B and 5C as part of this program.

Nature

Nature

Nature

Naturalist provides experiences in the outdoors where Boy Scouts develop an appreciation for the natural world, practice observation skills, and learn about ecosystems, habitats and wildlife.

This program is approximately 3 hours long and includes:

  • Cave Tour
  • Interactive Lecture
  • Outdoor Tour
  • Fossil Dig Activity including a Rock or Fossil Collection

Work toward your Nature Merit Badge!

You will complete the Nature Merit Badge requirements in areas A,B,D,F and H as part of this program.

Orienteering

Orienteering

Orienteering

Orienteering provides an experience whereby Boy Scouts learn the basics of outdoor survival, how to read a topographic map and how to use a compass to find their way. Orienteering challenge course time included.

This program is approximately 3 hours long and includes:

  • Cave Tour
  • Interactive Lecture
  • Outdoor Tour
  • Orienteering Challenge Courses

Work toward your Orienteering Merit Badge!

You will complete Orienteering Merit Badge requirements 1-7 as part of this program.

Cave Tour (a la carte)

Cave Tour (a la carte)

Cave Tour (a la carte)

Over a million years ago, deep beneath the ground, our cave began to form. Water gradually dissolved the rock to create an amazing underground world. Today, you can still see that water dripping… listen to the timeless sound, and imagine yourself back in an ancient world.

  • 1-Hour Educational Cave Tour

Cave Miner Pack (a ala carte)

Cave Miner Pack (a ala carte)

Cave Miner Pack (a ala carte)

Mine for gems… Hunt for fossils… Discover treasure! Add more learning before or after your scheduled tour.

  • 1 Self-guided Mining Activity with Rock or Fossil Collection

Small Group Package

Small Group Package

Small Group Package

Our Small Group Package is available to Boy Scout groups of 10 or more with two-week advance reservation. Your small group can still enjoy a field trip and save! The Small Group Package includes the 1-hour educational cave tour and the mining activity of your choice. Choose the Quarry’s Edge Gemstone Mine or the Fossil Dig. Everyone goes home with a collection of rocks or fossils!

  • 1-Hour Educational Cave Tour
  • Mining Activity with Rock or Fossil Collection

Boy Scout Overnight

Boy Scout Overnight

Boy Scout Overnight

Spend the night at Cave of the Mounds! Includes outdoor space for camping from April 1 to October 31 and indoor space for sleeping from November 1 to March 31. Boy Scout overnights include 4 hours of special night-time programming including:

  • Themed Cave Exploration
  • Night Hike
  • Interactive Educational Program
  • Campfire with S’Mores, Games and Stories
  • Gemstone Mining and/or Fossil Dig Activity and Collection
  • Pizza or Hot Dog Dinner can be added for an additional fee.
  • Continental Breakfast can be added for an addtional fee.

Overnight check-in begins at 5:30 pm and check-out is 9:00 am the following day.

You can choose your program focus and even earn a merit badge on an overnight!

Available Indoor Overnight Dates (Groups of 20-35)
Saturday, February 22
Saturday, February 29

Create a Boy Scout Program

Create a Boy Scout Program

Create a Boy Scout Program

Don’t see what you’re looking for? We’ll create it! Contact our Education Team to discuss ways we can customize your experience to meet the needs and interests of your Boy Scouts.

groups@caveofthemounds.com

608-437-3038 ext. 103

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Boy Scout Group Pricing

Available to Boy Scout groups of 20 or more with two-week advance reservation. Seasonal restrictions may apply. All group rates are priced per person. All prices are subject to 5.5% Wisconsin sales tax unless proof of exempt status is presented.

Program + TourAdults$15
(Learn & Earn)Scouts$15
2 Programs + TourAdults$25
(Believe & Achieve)Scouts$25
Cave TourAdults & Scouts in HS$11
(a la carte)Scouts (K-8)$7.50
Miner PackMining$4.50
(a la carte)Fossil Dig$4.50
Sm. Grp. Tour + MineAdults & Scouts in HS$15.75
(10 or more)Scouts (K-8)$11.75
Scout OvernightAdults$30
(Tour + Pgm included)Scouts$30
Pgm. Meal OptionsLunch w/chips+drink$5
(Overnights only)Pizza/Hot Dog Dinner$8
(Overnights only)Continental Breakfast$5

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