​​​​​​​​​Boy Scouts of America (BSA)

Merit Badges:

  • Sign up for one of our scheduled badge classes, or request one for your troop on the date of your choice!
  • Contact us for information, or to request a specific badge class.
  • Boy Scout merit badges are taught by experienced instructor Tom Tarbutton and Weis Trustee Tom Strube.
  • We can offer the following Boy Scout Eagle Badges: Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Cooking, Personal Management, and Emergency Preparedness, plus other badges such as Geocaching.

Upcoming Merit Badge Programs:

​August 10: Energy! 12:00 - 3:00 $20 per scout - CLASS FULL

​>> Contact us to request a specific badge class or schedule a private class for your troop (minimum 6 scouts).

​Service Projects:
Scouts have completed several helpful 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: 

  • Renovate 1-room cabins (we have many)
  • Build and provide picnic tables (can be built from a kit obtainable from Lowe's/Home Depot)
  • Build a 6'x6' or 8'x8' storage shed for the fire circle area
  • Build and provide benches
  • Renovate space under back deck

Pending Projects:

  • Charles Asteris - Troop 133, Upper Saddle River; Build a covered but open woodshed for firewood for the fire circle; Relocate and rebuild the fire circle (stone & gravel); Install fire safety signage. (Awaiting approval)

In-process Eagle projects:

  • 2019: Chris DeMaio - Troop 132, Wanaque, NJ; cabin #165 rehab, to include cleaning, repairing window screens, painting, installing new screen door (not yet started)
  • 2018-2019: Nick Wheeler - design and build rustic butterfly garden fence (started fall 2018, fence is built; awaiting gate installation) 
  • 2018-2019: Matthew Cahill: Troop 388, Pompton Lakes, NJ; install Clivus Multrum composting toilet, from a kit. (Built; still needs roof shingles, painting, solar unit installation)
  • 2019: James Vidal - Troop 132, Wanaque, NJ; build and install rustic benches.
  • 2019: TBD Restore firecircle area.
  • ​2019 TBD Build and install covered woodshed for firecircle area.

Completed Eagle projects include:

  • 2018-2019: Chris Ahearn - Troop 49, Oakland, NJ: rehab cabin #162, including cleaning, repairing window screens, painting, installing new screen door (completed 3/2019)
  • 2018: Matt Scherreik - Troop 388, Pompton Lakes, NJ; latrine rehab
  • 2018: Ethan Dispoto - Troop 76, Ringwood, NJ; rehab cabin #163, including clean and re-stain floor, paint walls, trim and door, landscaping
  • 2018: Jeremy Strube - Troop 132, Wanaque, NJ; build and install a gaga ball pit
  • 2017: Gryffin Leeds - Troop 76, Ringwood, NJ; rehab/repair cabin #167
  • 2017: Peter Pascarella - Troop 213, Saddle Brook, NJ; build and install 10 bat houses
  • ​2016 Joseph Scherreik - Troop 388, Pompton Lakes, NJ; build information and welcome kiosk

Cub Scouts

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!

  • Webelos 1 - Walkabout, Earth Rocks (elective)
  • Bears - Fur, Feathers, Ferns
  • Wolves Paws in the Path

Girl Scouts/Brownies/Junior

Upcoming Programs

Register at: www.gsnnj.org; registration opens 45 days prior to class

Launch It!

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.

  • 2019: Brownie: Nov 9, 10:00 - 12:00; Nov 10, 10:00 - 12:00
  • 2019: Junior: Nov 9, 1:00 - 3:00; Nov 10, 1:00 - 3:00

Two Scoops of Science:

​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!

  • 2020: Brownie: Feb 8, 10:00 - 12:00; Feb 9, 10:00 - 12:00
  • 2020: Junior: Feb 8, 1:00 - 3:00; Feb 9, 1:00 - 3:00

We can also provide Brownies with 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! 

Service Projects:

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:

  • Girl Scout Daisy Troop #6492 & #6536 (Ringwood, NJ)
  • Ringwood Girl Scout Service Unit
  • Girl Scout Troop 96 (Ringwood, NJ)

​​There is lots more to be done, 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!

Tent Camping, Campfires and other Events:

  • Weis offers facilities for Scout group campfire circles, overnight camping and other gatherings. In addition to a large camping area and a firecircle with seating, we have a covered pavilion with picnic tables, a gaga ball pit, ping-pong, volleyball, and a large recreation field. Contact Us for more info or to reserve!
  • Please DO NOT bring any outside firewood, as this may contribute to the spread of destructive invasive insects. Three recently introduced insects – Emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, and Sirex woodwasp – are wood-infesting species that can be transported long distances in firewood. Once transported into new areas they can become established and kill local trees. There is an ample supply of firewood and kindling onsite. 
  • Please review our Ground Rules and Camping & Campfire Policies before reserving, and be sure to follow them once onsite.


Coming Soon: ​Scout Appreciation Day at Weis!

We greatly appreciate all the support and work the Scouts have done at Weis over the past two years! To say "thank you", we are inviting troop leaders, scouts and their families (ALL scout levels and ages) to join us for an afternoon of fun! Whether you and your troop have been involved with Weis already, or are interested in learning more about how the Center can be part of your scout programs, we hope you will come! We will also showcase Scout projects that have been completed at Weis and discuss some that are in the works - plus a few ideas for future projects.

  • See completed Eagle Scout and other service projects
  • Enjoy snacks at the campfire circle
  • Scavenger Hunt and Geocaching
  • Field Games
  • Ping Pong
  • Gaga Ball
  • Nature Crafts
  • Guided Hike

​​​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!