2020 Boy Scout Day

October is the perfect time for scouts to experience all that Chimney Rock has to offer. This special event includes engaging morning programs, a variety of afternoon options and the opportunity to camp beneath the stars in one of the North Carolina’s most iconic Parks. 

When: October 10 -11, 2020

Morning Programs

Fire!
It’s the Year of Fire for NC State Parks, and we are It’s the Year of Fire for NC State Parks, and we are celebrating! It’s okay to be nervous when you hear about fire, but it’s important to understand the vital role fire plays in our ecosystem, too. Join a naturalist and learn about the benefits of fire as well as some management practices.

Our Park Rocks
This interactive program will help scouts learn more about Let’s get rockin’ with this interactive program that will help scouts learn more about the geology in Hickory Nut Gorge and Chimney Rock. Scouts will get the opportunity to explore different rock types during our lab time. Get those goggles and hammers out and get ready for fun and learning!

Animals of Appalachia
Our most popular program is a favorite for all ages. Get Our most popular program is a favorite for all ages. Get personal with some of our resident animal ambassadors while learning about the wildlife that roams our region. Scouts will gain knowledge of habitats, adaptations and animal characteristics during this exciting session.

Afternoon Options

What a Ranger Does
Did you know that NC State Park Rangers wear many hats, lDid you know that NC State Park Rangers wear many hats, literally? This fun program will introduce your scouts to a day in the life of one of Chimney Rock’s Rangers and let them see for themselves what this job entails. Scouts will have the opportunity to begin their journey to becoming a Chimney Rock State Park Junior Ranger.

Climbing Wall
Need to get those wiggles out? Our 32-foot climbing wall wNeed to get those wiggles out? Our 32-foot climbing tower will be open from 1– 4pm, so your scouts can test their skills. There is no additional fee for this activity, but lines can get long. Plan ahead! All participants must weigh 25lbs or more and bring their signed waiver to participate. (You’ll be sent the form one week prior to the event).

Self Guided Hikes
Hike any of our 6 trails which range in difficulty from easy-Hike any of our 6 trails which range in difficulty from easy-to-moderately strenuous. Ask our knowledgeable staff which trail is the best fit for you.

Campout Option

The overnight option is designed so you can bring your gear and spend the night.

We provide several community fire rings and wood, but all other essentials are the responsibility of the group.

Typically, set-up begins after 4pm. Depending on the volume of the general public in the area, this can fluctuate a bit. You must be packed up by 9am the next morning. However, you’re welcome to stay and explore the Park some more on Sunday if your site is broken down.

Park staff is onsite throughout the night.

Nuts & Bolts

When: Saturday, October 10 to Sunday, October 11, 2020
Check-in by 9:30am; orientation begins promptly at 9:45am.

$16 per scout for admission to the Park for the day, all programs and patches. One adult chaperone per 10 scouts is required and is admitted at no charge.

Additional adults are $14 and additional non-scout children are $6 but must be included in the troop registration and payment.

Camping fee is $8 per camper.

Registration: Register your group here. Registration closes on October 2, 2020 or when we reach our limit of 150 scouts.