NorthStar Adventure at Dutch Springs hosts a wide variety of Boy Scout Merit Badge programs for scouts of all ages. Our facilities offer an open-air, natural environment that lend themselves perfectly to the ideals of scouting and we welcome scouts to enjoy overnight camping as well as our various team development and leadership programs.

Boy Scout General Information:

Climbing and Nature Merit Badges require a minimum of eight (8) scouts and are limited to twenty (20) scouts per program for maximum enjoyment.

We charge per scout; adults are always free for the badge portion of the visit.

Reservations are required; typically we ask for 2-3 weeks lead time. Please call 610-759-2270 or email us at fun@dutchsprings.com for current pricing.

Merit Badge Programs

Climbing Merit Badge

Below are some quick facts about the logistics of the badge and the staff at NorthStar.

  • The badge requires 8 hours to complete. There are several breaks during the session including a 45-minute lunch break.
  • We have Merit Badge Counselors on staff.
  • NorthStar Adventure meets and exceeds the Climb on Safely requirements of the BSA.
  • This badge is recommended for scouts as young as 10 years old.
  • For safety and accommodation purposes, we require a minimum of 8 and maximum of 20 scouts per eight-hour session.

Nature Merit Badge

The Nature Merit Badge requires 4-5 hours to complete. There is a break during the session including a 45-minute lunch break if the program is scheduled over the lunch hour.

  • NorthStar Adventure has a Merit Badge Counselor with 15 years environmental education experience.
  • This badge is recommended for scouts as young as 10 years old.

SCUBA Merit Badge & SCUBA Fun Patch

With the SCUBA Merit Badge your scouts will become a certified diver and earn a PADI Open Water Certification.  If your scouts are unsure of scuba diving, try the SCUBA Fun Patch program which gives scouts the opportunity to try SCUBA diving in a confined water space where your scouts can stand up out of the water at any point during the class. Choose one of these great programs and create a lifetime of memories exploring life below the surface!

Northstar Adventure at Dutch Springs offers a 50-acre lake with submerged attractions at depths of up to 100 feet. Our spring-fed lake comes from an underground aquifer that filters water through limestone to provide excellent visibility. But even more exciting is what you can see underwater – fish and aquatic wildlife such as rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegills, palomino trout, koi, yellow perch, goldfish and more!

Contact Dutch Springs at 610-759-2270 for more information on the SCUBA Merit Badge or Fun Patch.

Other Activities

In addition, we also offer several programs that are ideally suited to training your troop (and Adult) leaders, including:

Team 101

Team 101 is a great introductory program for students and youth who have potential to work with others but they just haven’t realized it yet. This program focuses on all aspects of great teamwork. We can alter the specifics of this program based on the needs, age and physical abilities of each group.

Sky Splash

Sky Splash combines a half-day of hands on learning with our custom team building program and the refreshing water of Dutch Springs in one convenient package. Add a lunch provided by us and this “one-stop-shop” package means no worries for the one planning it; education, recreation, lunch and most importantly not having to worry about the mess all included in one package.

NorthStar Adventure at Dutch Springs offers a wide range of activities for Girl Scouts as they progress through their Journeys and advance to new levels in Scouting.  NorthStar Adventure and our staff follow all Girl Scout Safety-Wise guidelines and standards in all of our Fun Patch Programs, both here at our facility and our traveling programs. We are an approved vendor with Eastern PA, Heart of PA, Nation’s Capital Area, Central Maryland, Central, South, Northern, Heart and Shore of NJ, CT, Heart of the Hudson and Suffolk County. If your council is not listed here, please let us know. We are happy to work with all councils to earn approved vendor status.

All programs require a minimum of 8 scouts. If you have fewer than 8 scouts we can accommodate your troop by pairing you with other troops already on-site. Fees are based on the number of scouts attending and we offer discounts if your troop is pursuing multiple badges. Adults are free. Reservations are required and we typically we ask for 2-3 weeks lead time. Most programs run 3 to 4 hours or approximately a half-day. Please call us at 610-759-2270 or email us at fun@dutchsprings.com for current pricing.

Fun Patch Programs

Adventure Sports

The Adventure Sports badge focuses on climbing courtesy of our Climbing Wall and Sky Challenge high-ropes course and includes instruction and activity time on:

  • Equipment and how it works
  • How to maintain equipment for maximum safety and enjoyment
  • How to properly use and put on a harness
  • How to belay
  • How to climb
  • And how to rappel

Orienteering (Navigation Exploration)

Orienteering incorporates many of the skills formerly found in the “Finding Your Way” badge program, as scouts find their way around our 50-acre campus guided by their map and compass:

  • Learning how to read maps and globes
  • Direction-finding skills development
  • Map development and creation
  • Wayfinding without a map or compass

Dog-Mushing

One of the most unique programs in the region, NorthStar Adventure’s Dog-Mushing program ties into the popularity of Alaska’s annual Iditarod Race – one of the world’s longest dog sledding races.

Led by NorthStar’s Kari Hunyadi in cooperation with her Huskies, our course is not nearly so challenging but a lot more fun! Kari brings her own dogs and guides participants as they learn:

  • How sled dogs are trained
  • What dogs are best for each type of mushing
  • What dogs eat
  • What the musher wears
  • What is carried on the sled and what first aid might be needed by the dogs
  • The parts of the sled and mushing vocabulary
  • The history of the Iditarod, Yukon Quest and other local sled dog races

In addition, all participants will enjoy a chance to speak with a experienced dog-musher and meet the dogs and interact with them; see the sled in action and have a chance to pull each other. Due to weather conditions in Pennsylvania and our concern for the health of our canine coaches, this program is only offered from September through May.

SCUBA Fun Patch

With the SCUBA Merit Badge your scouts will become a certified diver and earn a PADI Open Water Certification.  If your scouts are unsure of scuba diving, try the SCUBA Fun Patch program which gives scouts the opportunity to try SCUBA diving in a confined water space where your scouts can stand up out of the water at any point during the class. Choose one of these great programs and create a lifetime of memories exploring life below the surface!

Northstar Adventure at Dutch Springs offers a 50-acre lake with submerged attractions at depths of up to 100 feet. Our spring-fed lake comes from an underground aquifer that filters water through limestone to provide excellent visibility. But even more exciting is what you can see underwater – fish and aquatic wildlife such as rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegills, palomino trout, koi, yellow perch, goldfish and more!

Contact Dutch Springs at 610-759-2270 for more on the SCUBA Merit Badge or Fun Patch.

Other Activities

In addition, we also offer several programs that are ideally suited to training your troop (and Adult) leaders, including:

Team 101

Team 101 is a great introductory program for students and youth who have potential to work with others but they just haven’t realized it yet. This program focuses on all aspects of great teamwork. We can alter the specifics of this program based on the needs, age and physical abilities of each group.

Sky Splash

Sky Splash combines a half-day of hands on learning with our custom team building program and the refreshing water of Dutch Springs in one convenient package. Add a lunch provided by us and this “one-stop-shop” package means no worries for the one planning it; education, recreation, lunch and most importantly not having to worry about the mess all included in one package.

Webelos

NorthStar Adventure at Dutch Springs offers three Activity Badge – Forester, Geologist and Naturalist badge — programs specifically for Webelos. Each program takes approximately 2 ½ hours to complete and are affordable to all Scouts and Troops. Program can be combined with other offerings we have to make a full day or weekend overnight experience out of these great programs!

Cub Scouts

Northstar Adventure can provide opportunities for your Cub Scouts to earn the Activity Badges needed to achieve Bear and Wolf ranks through on-site and overnight camping experiences. Please contact us for more information about our facilities and learn how we can help your den members get the most enjoyment out of the Cub Scout experience.

NorthStar Adventure at Dutch Springs offers a wide range of activities for Brownies as they progress through their Journeys and advance to new levels in Scouting.  NorthStar Adventure and our staff follow all Girl Scout Safety-Wise guidelines and standards in all of our Fun Patch Programs, both here at our facility and our traveling programs. We are an approved vendor with Eastern PA, Heart of PA, Nation’s Capital Area, Central Maryland, Central, South, Northern, Heart and Shore of NJ, CT, Heart of the Hudson and Suffolk County. If your council is not listed here, please let us know. We are happy to work with all councils to earn approved vendor status.

All programs require a minimum of 8 scouts. If you have fewer than 8 scouts we can accommodate your troop by pairing you with other troops already on-site. Fees are based on the number of scouts attending and we offer discounts if your troop is pursuing multiple badges. Adults are free. Reservations are required and we typically we ask for 2-3 weeks lead time. Most programs run 3 to 4 hours or approximately a half-day. Please call or email us for current pricing.

Programs

Adventure Sports

The Adventure Sports badge focuses on climbing courtesy of our Climbing Wall and Sky Challenge high-ropes course and includes instruction and activity time on:

  • Equipment and how it works
  • How to maintain equipment for maximum safety and enjoyment
  • How to properly use and put on a harness
  • How to belay
  • How to climb
  • And how to rappel

Orienteering (Navigation Exploration)

Orienteering incorporates many of the skills formerly found in the “Finding Your Way” badge program, as scouts find their way around our 50-acre campus guided by their map and compass:

  • Learning how to read maps and globes
  • Direction-finding skills development
  • Map development and creation
  • Wayfinding without a map or compass

Dog-Mushing

One of the most unique programs in the region, NorthStar Adventure’s Dog-Mushing program ties into the popularity of Alaska’s annual Iditarod Race – one of the world’s longest dog sledding race.

Led by NorthStar’s Kari Hunyadi in cooperation with her huskies, our course is not nearly so challenging but a lot more fun. Kari brings her own dogs and guides participants as they learn:

  • How sled dogs are trained
  • What dogs are best for each type of mushing
  • What dogs eat
  • What the musher wears
  • What is carried on the sled and what first aid might be needed by the dogs
  • The parts of the sled and mushing vocabulary
  • The history of Iditarod, Yukon Quest and other local sled dog races

In addition, all participants will enjoy a chance to speak with a seasoned dog-musher and meet the dog, approach them and interact with them; see the sled in action and have a chance to pull each other. Due to weather conditions in Pennsylvania and our concern for the health of our canine coaches, this program is only offered from September through May.

Other Activities

In addition, we also offer several programs that are ideally suited to training your troop (and Adult) leaders, including:

Team 101

Team 101 is a great introductory program for students and youth who have potential to work with others but they just haven’t realized it yet. This program focuses on all aspects of great teamwork. We can alter the specifics of this program based on the needs, age and physical abilities of each group.

Sky Splash

Sky Splash combines a half-day of hands on learning with our custom team building program and the refreshing water of Dutch Springs in one convenient package. Add a lunch provided by us and this “one-stop-shop” package means no worries for the one planning it; education, recreation, lunch and most importantly not having to worry about the mess all included in one package.


About NorthStar Adventure at Dutch Springs

Our Mission – NorthStar Adventure at Dutch Springs is a youth-focused team-development and leadership program designed to enhance the mental, physical and emotional development of teens and young adults as they learn to work with peers in a fun, natural and exciting learning environment.

Our Vision – To create an environment where teens and young adults, as well as parents, teachers, clergy and organization leaders look to NorthStar Adventure as a fun place to learn and enjoy programs that provide unique experiences that transform our young people into confident, capable leaders.

Our Values – NorthStar Adventure will provide a safe, enjoyable, valuable learning experience for the leaders of tomorrow in a non-judgmental, inclusive and natural setting that celebrates diversity.

For more information or to schedule your team building experience, please call 610-759-2270 or visit northstaradventure.com