At last week's Roundtable the Den Leader Intermediate class discussed some FREE Field Trip ideas. I have listed here some of the one's we discussed as well as some additional ones. Each one has a link to a page with the patch & detailed information. REMEMBER some of these field trips are FREE if leaders and Scouts are in Uniform, otherwise there IS a fee. Make sure you pay attention to those. Another reminder, the patches themselves are NOT free. There is a small cost for the patch itself. Keep in mind that some of these are located in Salt Lake County...NOT Utah County. Always remember to fill out a Tour Plan (and submit to the Council, if required) & to get Permission Slips (or this one)!! It is also good to make sure all boys have a current Annual Health & Medical Record on file (Parts A & B).
Here is the handout that was passed out at Feb 2012 Cub Scout Roundtable. This is for the Utah and Salt Lake Counties only, and it is not an exhaustive list. It will, however, give people ideas of possible field trips in their area. It does include many of the field trips mentioned below, but includes many other ideas as well. It ONLY includes truly FREE field trips in our area.
Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine Visitors Center phone 801-252-3234
Tours available April 1-Oct 31 Open 8am-8pm Seven Days a Week
Entrance fee is waived for all vehicles with Scouts & Leaders in unifrom. Otherwise cost is $4 per car.
Monte L. Bean Museum: Located on the East side of the Marriott Center on the BYU Campus
801-422-5051 Mon-Fri 10am-9pm Sat 10am-5pm
A packet to help earn the patch is located at the Council office as well as at the information desk at the Museum. You can also print it off yourself if you'd like.
*Live reptile shows are scheduled and offered to the public on Monday evenings at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Shows for private groups can be scheduled free of charge by calling the museum at
Wheeler Historic Farm: 6351 South 900 East Murray
Hours: 9:30am-5:30pm Year Round (If you are there at 5pm the boys can milk a cow for .50cents each).
Reservations avail for large groups, call 801-264-2241
This Is The Place Heritage Park 2601 E Sunnyside Ave SLC (across from Hogle Zoo) 801-582-1847
The Visitor Center, Monument & Grounds are open Year Round Mon-Sat from 9am-5pm
Old Deseret Village Memorial Day-Labor Day Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
No Fee for Scouts & Leaders in Uniform; Otherwise Scouts $4, Leaders/Adults $6
*(On the Salt Lake Councils website it states that there is a discounted cost for scouts & leaders in uniform, I am double checking to see if it is indeed free while in uniform or if there is just a discount..update coming soon)
Hogle Zoo: 2600 East Sunnyside Avenue SLC 801-584-4551
March 1-Oct 31 9am-5pm, Grounds close at 6:30pm
Nov 1-Feb 28 9am-4pm, Grounds close at 5:30pm
*Free on the LAST Wednesday of the month from November-March
Otherwise, Scouts and two leaders per 10 Scouts may receive $1.00 off admission if in uniform. Additional guests will be charged regular price admission.
Museum of Peoples and Cultures 700 North 100 East Provo (1 block from Brick Oven) 801-422-0020 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Evenings m\by arrangement
There are usually 2 patches available at a time, one for each exhibit. Questions to answer to earn patches are available at the Museum.
Utah County Freedom Festival Patch
Do 5 activities listed online
Utah County Trails Patch
Follow activities listed online
Utah Firefighters Museum & Memorial Located at Deseret Peaks Complex in Tooele: 2390 SR 112
Open to the public Fri & Sat from 11am-3pm
For more info & tour times call 435-843-4040 or to make an appt w/Dave Hammond 435-830-6556
*(The Salt Lake Councils site indicates that there is a $1 donation per person admission. I will also double check on this).
U of U Observatory Located on top of South Physics Building, 1400 East and 175 South SLC
Make reservations by calling 801-581-6901
U of U Physics Lab North Physics Building, 1400 East and 115 South \
Make reservations by calling 801-581-6901
Museum of Natural History Walk 1390 E. Presidents Cir. (220 S.) SLC 801-581-5567 or 801-581-4303
Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm Sunday 12pm-5pm Cost w/uniform: Leader $4, Scout $2.50
FREE admission & open 9:30am-8pm on the 1st Monday of each month
Benson Gristmill 325 State Road 138 Stansbury Park (near tooele) 801-435-7678
For groups larger than 15 please call ahead.
Open May 2-Oct 31 Mon-Sat 10am-4pm Admission is FREE however donations are gladly accepted.
Sons of Utah Pioneers
The Hollady Chapter of the SUP has joined with UNPC to create a patch for our boys to learn about the pioneer heritage in our area.The cost of the patch is available for $3 through:
Preston Hunt 4933 South 1575nWest Taylorsville, UT 84123 801-266-8216
To earn this patch, the Scout with their Leader must visit a Historical Building, Monument or a place that represents the Pioneer History of that area and do the following:
1. Learn the Pionner history of that place and why it is important.
2. Write a short story about your experience and what it means to you.
3. Fill out a pedigree chart of your ancestors and tell a story about them.
4. Find out who is the earliest pioneer of your area and when they came to that area.
5. Have your Scout Leader pass you off on these requirements and sign that you have accomplished these things.
There is a SUP Library in SLC you can take a tour of. If you are interested in that click on the link above and it will take you to their website.
I thought I would also list some more Field Trip ideas. These ones DO cost money but they are fairly inexpensive.
Camp Floyd State Park 18035 West 1540 North Fairfield (approx. 22 miles west of Lehi) 801-768-8932
Open year round Mon-Sat 9am-5pm (excluding certain holidays)
Children up to 5 are free; Adult or Child $2
John Hutchings Museum of Natural History 55 North Center Street Lehi 801-768-7180
Open Tues-Sat 11am-5pm A reservation is required.
Leaders $3, Scouts $2