What is the minimum age to attend a B.A.D.G.E.S. program?
Is a snack or meal provided?
The minimum age to attend a B.A.D.G.E.S. program based upon the theme and activities for the badge requirements. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (either their parent/guardian or chaperone). We are unable accommodate any guests not registered for the program, including infants.
How many people can participate in a B.A.D.G.E.S. program?
No. Food will not be served during the B.A.D.G.E.S. program. However, you are welcome to bring a snack if you would like. If you are planning to spend the day here, Brookfield Zoo allows packed lunches and coolers. We ask that you do not bring glass bottles or straws as they are not safe for the animals. Grills and outside alcohol are not permitted.
Is there a minimum or maximum group size?
The B.A.D.G.E.S. program can accommodate up to 150 guests. The program must have a minimum of 50 participants to run.
Is admission and parking included?
We welcome groups and families of all sizes to our B.A.D.G.E.S. programs! We can accommodate a maximum capacity of 150 participants. The program must have a minimum of 50 participants to run.
What is your cancellation policy?
Yes, parking and admission fees are included in the price of the program. Simply present your registration confirmation and/or receipt at the admissions booth and let them know you are attending a program.
I'm a Brookfield Zoo member. What is the member discount?
You can check out our cancellation and refund policy by clicking here. (Opens in new window)
For questions regarding our policies or to request a refund, please call the Conservation, Education, and Training Department Hotline at 708-688-8342.
I require a special accommodation – who can I speak to?
We realize that many scout groups consist of a mix of zoo members and non-members. In order to provide the opportunity for everyone to participate, we have chosen instead to discount the adult price to $5 to help offset any financial barriers. With this in mind, there is no additional member-only discount.
Will my scouts get a badge?
We will gladly do our best to fulfill any special accommodations to make your B.A.D.G.E.S. program as pleasant and fun as possible. Please contact the Conservation, Education, and Training Department Hotline at (708) 688-8342 to speak with a representative. You may also wish to speak with our Accessibility Representative at (708) 688-8338.
I belong to a different youth group. Do I have to be associated with Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts?
No. A badge or patch is not provided during the program unless otherwise stated in the program description. We will take you through most of the requirements of the described badge program, but it will be up to your group leader to obtain the badge from your council.
My child is not associated with any scouting or youth organization. Can we still participate?
Nope! We welcome all varieties of youth groups to participate. While our curriculum is centralized around Boy Scout and Girl Scout badge requirements, we believe our activities can apply to many different youth programs. If you have questions about whether any of our B.A.D.G.E.S. programs will fit your organization’s needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 708-688-8342 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Where can I find lost articles?
Absolutely! No group or family is too small to participate. As long as your child meets the stated age requirements for the program and has an adult chaperone, they are most welcome to join in the fun and games!
How do I make a reservation?
Lost articles will be taken to the main Security Office at the south end of the zoo. Call 708-688-8811 and ask for Lost and Found.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Registrations can be made at www.CZS.org/BADGES. Your online registration fee is only a deposit. You will be responsible to pay the balance ($20 per child) no later than 30 days prior to your program. We will send you a reminder e-mail about a week before the 30-day deadline. Watch for this e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do parents need to accompany their child?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover.
Are there any activities that need to be completed on our own?
No, parents do not need to accompany their child, but we do require a minimum ratio of one (1) adult chaperone per five (5) children. Approximately five (5) weeks prior to your Sleepover, your leader will receive an e-mail including a Parental Consent Form and Medical Waiver to be filled out for children attending without their parents or guardians.
What other information should I know before registering my group?
Yes, all corresponding self-guided activities will be sent to the e-mail address provided at registration once your balance has been paid in full.
You should know:
- Type of group and troop/pack number if applicable.
- Your general group size. Be aware when doing a head count that we require a minimum ratio of one (1) adult per five (5) children. (Example: You may have 20 scouts in your group, but you will need a total head count of at least 24: 20 scouts + 4 chaperones) We understand that it can be hard to get solid commitments many months in advance, so we are able to make minor adjustments in head count up until the 30 day mark.