Advancement Opportunities

There are plenty of places in the Southern Tier that offer tours to youth groups, educational groups, and yes of course Scout groups. Listed below are some local organizations that offer advancement programs. These programs general focus on various requirements and have badges and adventures built into the program.

Kopernick Observatory and Science Center

KOSC offers plenty of Merit Badge offerings, and individually customized programs for Scout groups of all ages. You can sign up for their scheduled events, piggy back with other ones, or arrange your own. The even offer overnight sleepover options.

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier

Located in the same area as the Ross Park Zoo this place is a wonderful opportunity to take younger scouts on trips too. They offer various badge programs got Cub and Girl Scouts, some even are overnight programs where scouts sleep in the museum. Their “Badge in a Box” program can help any leader complete a hard to finish Adventure.

Waterman Conservation Education Center

Waterman Center in Apalachin doesn’t offer a Scout specific program, but they do have various educational and nature focused programs. Their Raptor program is a great one night event that can be used to help fulfill many nature focused requirements. The Director at Waterman Center also happens to be a BSA Commissioner, and can create and tailor a program for your Scouts on demand. Plus, the center has and manages a great number of wonderful trails for low impact Cub Scout hiking.

Finch Hollow Nature Center

Located in Johnson City, Finch Hollow offers nature focused programs appropriate for scout age kids. Run by the Cornell Cooperative Extension they can provide high quality programs. Contact them to tailor something for your scouts.



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