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Girl Scout Programs

Girl Scout Camp Outs

We’ll pitch our tents near the Rare Rhinos exhibit and enjoy animal encounters, activities, an evening snack, and an after dark tour of the Zoo!  In the morning, we’ll have a light breakfast, meet more ambassador animals, and take another tour before the Zoo opens. 

Girl Scout Camp Outs are appropriate for girls ages 6 and up. One adult can accompany up to seven children; everyone ages 17 and under must have a responsible adult with them at the event. Each participant must be registered to attend, including adults.

Pricing: $30 per person.  Includes Zoo admission after the program concludes.


Upcoming Dates:
Oct. 8-9

Camp Outs begin at 8 p.m. and end at 10 a.m. the next morning. Scouts will need to provide their own tent and bedding.  A full list of what to bring will be sent to all participants in advance of the program.

Girl Scout Badge Programs

Earn a badge at the Zoo!  Badge programs are three hours long and include the badge!  Register one scout or your whole troop.  Adults who stay for the program will need to pay Zoo admission or check-in with a membership card.  (A separate adult rate applies to the Cadette Night Owl Badge.)  

Available badges:

Daisy Eco Learner Badge:

 Explore ways to protect nature and all its living things, including yourself, while meeting an animal up-close and discovering animals at the Zoo. Sunday, Oct. 10: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.    $21 per scout

Brownie Bugs Badge:

Discover what bugs have, do, and make as you meet some bugs (and animals that eat them) up close and visit some Zoo animals. You’ll also have the chance to make your own insect project! 
Sunday, Oct. 17: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.   $21 per scout

Brownie Pets Badge:

Explore how to care for different kinds of pets, meet an animal friend up close, and visit a few Zoo animals.  You’ll also have a chance to make a project to take home for your pet!
Sunday, Dec. 12: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.   $21 per scout

Junior Animal Habitats Badge:

Explore different animal habitats, meet an animal friend up close, and visit a few Zoo animals.  You’ll also have a chance to make your own animal “house” to take home!
Sunday, Nov. 7: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.    $21 per scout

Cadette Night Owl Badge:

Discover the world at night, meet nocturnal animals, and tour the Zoo after dark!  This badge program is held outside of normal Zoo hours.   
Friday, Nov. 12: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.    $25 per scout, $15 per adult 

On-Demand Programs:

Dates don’t work for you?  Have a mixed-level troop?  Still avoiding large groups?  Book a program just for your troop!  We offer Badge Programs and After Dark Adventures as on-demand programs, or you can add a Guided Tour or Animal Encounter on to a Zoo visit.  Contact our Education Department at or call (605) 367-8313 x233 for more information or to schedule a program.  At this time, Camp Outs are not available as on-demand programs.



  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.