We have a variety of fun-filled activities for scouts to earn badges, learn something exciting, and have fun.
Scout groups are welcome and encouraged to visit the park at any time during our normal hours of operation.
There is a $5 per car parking fee to visit Cantigny as a Scout outing. Tiger Cubs and Daisies may follow the same reservation procedure but must come with one parent/caregiver per child. We strongly encourage Scouts to be in uniform.
Cantigny Park offers a wide variety of badge programs for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. The parking fee is waived with a paid program. Reservation at least two weeks in advance is preferred. To reserve a badge program, please contact:
Cantigny Park has two campsites available for rental to Scout and youth groups for overnight camping. Our campsites are limited to nationally recognized youth groups (i.e., BSA, GSA, AWANA, YMCA Adventure Guides, etc.). Each site holds 50 people (tent camping only, trailers and campers are prohibited). Overnight camping is year-round, except during January when the park is closed. The campgrounds and Education Center offer fire pits, firewood, picnic tables, restrooms, potable water, and trash recycling bin collection. Advanced reservations are required. For more information or questions about camping, please contact:
The museums, gardens, and grounds at Cantigny Park offer a host of activities and opportunities for Scouts to explore.
The First Division Museum gladly welcomes Scouts to come explore and learn. From the trenches of World War I to the jungles of Vietnam to modern times, our exhibits tell fascinating and important stories. Experience the history of our nation’s military conflicts from the perspective of actual soldiers throughout the museum’s galleries. Outside, explore the iconic tank park featuring 100 years of armor. Groups are encouraged to explore the exhibits with their chaperones. Reservations are not required, and all museum tours are self-guided. We require a minimum of one chaperone for every 10 Scouts entering the museum.
The McCormick House was once home of Chicago Tribune editor and publisher Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955). This stately mansion was built in 1896 by his grandfather, Joseph Medill for McCormick’s mother Katherine. It was passed along to Robert in 1910 and underwent extensive remodeling in the 1930s. The home is currently closed for renovation and will reopen in 2022 with new exhibits that tell the story of the McCormick and Medill families, their strong ideals, and their lives of citizenship and service.
Cantigny offers extensive gardens open for self-exploration, each with a story that unfolds with each step. Favorites are the upper and lower display gardens, Rose Garden, Idea Garden, and Rock Garden. The fountain behind the Visitors Center is another popular stop.
Enjoy the landscape and then spend quiet moments studying some of the park’s statues like the Spirit of Commitment, where artist Jeff Adams links four figures physically and allegorically to reflect interrelationships philosophically and across time. These people show sacrifice, strength, courage, love, resolve, and hope. In their commitment, we find the potential for good, for freedom, for a better world.
Hike our 2¼ mile wood-chip nature trail. It is filled with wonderful sights, sounds and smells that offer a great outdoor experience.
Scout groups can go fishing at Shaffner Pond, in the northeast corner of the park. Fishing is allowed Saturday and Sunday mornings from sunrise to 8:30 am and Mondays between 9 am and 5 pm. Please call Security at 630.260.8207 to arrange your outing. The pond is home to bluegill, bass, carp, and catfish and is strictly catch and release. Please bring your own fishing poles, bait, and gear. Those over age 16 must have a valid fishing permit.
Our campsites may be reserved on the weekends for Scout activities. Practice pitching tents, learn to build a fire, cook a meal, or review safe camping procedures. Please call 630.260.8162 to make a reservation.