Scout Overnights at the Shaw Nature Reserve
Cabins at Shaw Nature Reserve

ENJOY A WILD WEEKEND at Shaw Nature Reserve! These unforgettable overnight experiences come complete with a warm campfire and s’mores, an exciting night hike around the wetlands, star gazing and much more. Scouts will stay in the Dana Brown Overnight Center’s cozy and historic lodges, complete with bunk beds, heating and air conditioning! Scouts will receive a one-of-a-kind souvenir patch for participating, too. Registration fills up fast for these popular experiences, so be sure to sign up close to registration opening day to secure your spot!

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Overnight badge

Overnights run from 5 p.m. on Friday or Saturday to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday or Sunday. The following dates are available for 2018–2019:
  • January 12–13, 2019 –FULL!

  • February 16–17, 2019: Maple Syrup –FULL!
  • July 13–14, 2019
    (registration opens May 29, 2019 and closes June 28, 2019)

Overnights are open to Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes and Cub Scout Wolves, Bears and Webelos

Cost: $39/scout, $19/chaperone (except Maple Syrup overnight; see above)
(1 chaperone per 5 scouts required, but you may register as many as you would like)

Note: Between the two sites (Missouri Botanical Garden and Shaw Nature Reserve) we are only able to schedule 3–5 overnights per year.

Can’t make any of these dates? Check out our Overnights at the Missouri Botanical Garden or schedule an overnight experience of your own creation at the Dana Brown Overnight Center.



  • Registration is required and is online only. A registration link will appear the day registration opens around 7 a.m. You may not pay over the phone.
  • To register, you will need the first name of each scout and chaperone and any severe food allergies that overnight staff should be aware of.
  • You may not edit your registration in any way after the registration end date.
  • Each scout and adult is required to complete a Participant Agreement. Please bring these forms with you to check in. Those who do not submit these forms will not be able to participate.
    Download a Scout Participant Agreement
    Download an Adult Participant Agreement

Please mail your Participant Agreements to:

Missouri Botanical Garden
Education/Scout Programs
4344 Shaw Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Note: The age range for scout groups is determined by the designations set by the appropriate councils. In the interest of consistency, we are unable to make exceptions for children outside of the levels specified.


Overnight Details


Cancellation Policy

For Scout Overnight refunds, cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to the program. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations less than two weeks in advance or for missed programs. If the Missouri Botanical Garden must cancel a Scout Overnight, you will be notified and receive a full refund.



Please contact the Scout Instructor at (314) 577-9473 x 76357 or if you have questions.