NEW: Virtual Badge Classes for
Scouts BSA and Girl Scouts!
See below for details and registration
Tent Camping, Indoor Camp-INs, Campfires and other Events:
We LOVE welcoming ALL types and levels of Scouts to The New Weis Center!
We offer many types of programs and badge classes, guided nature hikes, facility rentals for special events, a firecircle, and overnight camping. We also have projects - large and small - perfect for your troop's service projects (including Eagle). If you are interested in a program that is not currently scheduled, or would like to reserve a facility for your troop's event, please let us know!
Payment is due in advance or at the start of class by check or cash. If you are paying by mail, please send your check to: The New Weis Center, 150 Snake Den Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456. If you would like to pay online via credit/debit card or PayPal, please visit our website, click the "Donate" badge, and indicate the badge you are paying for in the optional "notes".
Upcoming Merit Badge classes:
> Pre-requisites (if applicable) will be emailed upon registration; payment is due PRIOR to class. Registration is via Eventbrite. Please bring a reusable water bottle to in-person classes. Scouts must wear their uniform to all classes (in-person AND virtual).
VIRTUAL (details and Blue Cards):
Current Badge Classes:
IN-PERSON:Classes will resume when state and local guidelines advise it is safe and approved to do so.
Cancellation policy: Virtual classes are not refundable. In-person classes cancelled 2 weeks or more in advance will receive a refund minus a $10 processing fee.
List of Merit Badges we are certified to teach. Classes will be scheduled throughout the year, or request a private class for your troop (min 10 scouts)
Contact us to request a specific badge class or schedule a private class for your troop. Note: there is a 10 Scout minimum to schedule a private badge class; if you don't have enough Scouts you can partner with another troop(s) or let us know and we'll open registration to fill the program.
Scouts have completed several important projects at Weis, including parking lot and grounds cleanups and clean-out of outbuildings. We are also grateful to be chosen as the site for many Eagle Scout projects!
Future Eagle projects - just waiting for the right Scout!
In-process Eagle projects:
Completed Eagle projects:
We can schedule many programs upon request, including the following adventures. Just give us a date and the program, and we'll set it up! Note: there is a 10 Scout minimum to schedule; if you don't have enough Scouts in your troop you can partner with another troop or let us know and we'll open registration to other troops to fill the program. Here are some of the "Adventure" programs we can offer:
Virtual Girl Scout badges/patches for troops are now available!
The classes consist of two ~1 hour video sessions scheduled approx a week apart, with activities for scouts to do in between sessions. Interested leaders can contact us to schedule a class. $12/scout; minimum 10, maximum 25. We currently offer:
ONSITE BADGE PROGRAMS (at The New Weis Center)
Classes are listed in the "LINK" book; registration opens 45 days prior to class on the GSNNJ website
Two Scoops of Science (Brownies & Juniors):
Earn your Think Like a Scientist badge while exploring the science of ice cream! Girls will discuss the importance of water in its different forms and take a hike to see the stream. Girls will learn about the chemical reaction that happens when ice cream is formed and the molecular chemistry terms behind it. After, girls will lead their own experiment and create their own ice cream!
Launch It (Brownies & Juniors):
Earn your Think Like an Engineer badge and solve problems just like an engineer would. Learn about important women engineers throughout history; use the design thinking process and do a hands-on design challenge activity. Finally, learn the difference between a catapult and trebuchet, and launch something! Girls will brainstorm, design, make, and test their own mini catapults and trebuchets, before we launch our 5 foot trebuchet outside.
Brownies - We can also provide the Outdoor Adventurer or Outdoor Art Creator badge. Just choose a date and we'll schedule it for your troop! We would love to host your Journey weekend, camping trip/fire circle or other badge programs!
Scouts have completed several projects at the Center, including building much needed new picnic tables, grounds and garden cleanups, and planting flower bulbs. We are grateful for the service projects that have been completed by many troops, including:
There are many projects just waiting for the right Scout, so please let us know if your troop would like to help!
We also welcome and provide programs for Homeschool and Baden-Powell scouting groups!