Scout Programs


For more than 45 years, Schiff served as the Boy Scouts of America’s national Boy Scout Training Camp (1933 - 1979). Today, Schiff embraces its rich scouting history and works with all individual scouts and groups to fulfill badge requirements, Eagle Scout, Girl Scout Silver and Gold Award projects.

Our preserves are ideal for exploring scouting concepts rooted in ecology, environmental science and the natural world. All programs include hands-on activities, games, and trail hikes.

Scout Programs

Boy Scout Programs

Tiger Cubs: Let's Go Outdoors
Wolf Cubs: Your Living World, Birds
Bear Cubs: Sharing Your World with Wildlife
Weblos: Forester, Naturalist

Girl Scout Programs

Daisy: 4 Flowers, 3 Cheers for Animals
Brownies: Senses, Bugs, Hiker
Juniors: Animal Habitats
Cadettes: Trailblazing, Night Owl, Trees.

All Scouts & Levels

Map & Compass
Leave No Trace
Awareness, Wildlife Conservation

Program Rates: $80 covers a maximum of 15 students for 1 1/2 hours. Troop leaders and adult chaperones are free. All programs are led by an environmental educator or Schiff naturalist.

What to Bring: Water and closed toe shoes. Scouts should come prepared to enjoy the outdoors rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, an indoor activity will take place.

Camping by Special Permit: See below.

For more information and to schedule a date call: 973-543-6004 or contact our Land Steward & Volunteer Coordinator at .


NEW! Scout Service Projects for 2017

Schiff welcomes Gold Award and Eagle Award candidates looking for environmentally themed projects that will support our preserves and enhance our natural local habitats. Please contact to request a set of guidelines and suggested projects.

Award-level projects include:

  • Creation and installation of a riverside bench along the Green Trail off Mosle Rd (Mendham)
  • Creation of a self-guided tour, with online functionality and information about trail highlights
  • Installation of a handrail along the steps to the Nature Center
  • Rebuilding of South Conservation Pond steps
  • Creation and installation of trail wooden signs
  • Redesign and/or refurbish the pond in the Native Plant Garden
  • Bluebird house refurbishment and re installation
  • Identification and "fun facts" of the native species on the Nature Center building facade
  • Creation and installation of lending library kiosk, collect environmentally friendly books and organize kick off event
  • General repair and landscaping to the back of the Nature Center

For more information or to schedule a scout program or project, please call Schiff Nature Preserve at 973-543-6004 or contact us at:  .

Overnight Camping at Schiff Nature Preserve

Overnight camping at Schiff is permitted for member organizations only. If you are interested in overnight camping, please contact our Land Steward & Volunteer Coordinator at .
Please note:

  • The annual organization/scout membership fee is $50 and is valid for 12 months from membership date.
  • Overnight camping fee is $50 per night, member organizations only
  • Building usage is $25 per meeting/event, member organizations only
  • Special permits and insurance may be required

"Thank you so much for having programs like this for children and adults to learn about the wonders of nature."

- T. Ives, Girl Scout Troop 671, Mendham, NJ