free summer activity cub scouts
By Madison Austin
May 29, 2018

The best free and discounted activities for Cub Scouts this summer 

It’s almost summer-time, which means your Cubs will be out of school soon and filled with energy to use. Get them out of the house with these great free and discounted activities for Cub Scout-aged youth. They will love exploring the world around them while you save some money and get the kids out of the house. 

Free National Park Entrance for Fourth Graders and Family

free Cub Scout activitiesIf you have fourth grade-age children, this is an opportunity of a lifetime! The National Parks Service has created a program that allows fourth graders to take their family and friends to any National Park, Monument or Historical Site for FREE. 

As Park entrance fees rise, this deal is one you should not miss out on. It super simple as well. Visit the “Every Kid in a Park” website, click on the “get your pass” button, and have your fourth grader answer a few fun questions to get their pass. 

Make sure you print out your pass and bring it with you to every park you visit. Some parks will even turn the paper pass into a waterproof plastic pass as a keepsake. 

The pass is good for the fourth-grader’s entire school year, September 2017 – August 2018, so take advantage of this awesome program before the year is up. (If you have upcoming fourth graders, register them this coming September and have a full year of fun).

Plan ahead — If you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person – the pass will admit all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.

Sundance Scenic Lift Rides

free summer Cub Scout activitiesAt Sundance, there is a something for everyone. Enjoy a relaxing lift ride with panoramic views of the mountain as you glide to the top of Ray’s Summit on a Scenic Lift Ride. Once you reach the top, you can take some time to explore the designated hiking trails. Or, just sit and enjoy the mountain’s tranquil beauty. For those feeling extra adventurous, take Red’s lift further up the mountain and enjoy a picnic lunch or eat the at Bearclaw cabin. The lift will be waiting to transport you back to the base at the end of your day. 

Sundance Lift Rides are discounted for church and Scout groups. Check out their pricing here: Scenic Lift Ride Scout Discount.

Natural History Museum of Utah

Visit the Natural History Museum of Utah on their FREE ADMISSION DAY  on Monday, August 27, 2018. 

If you want to attend the NHMU Free Day, get your tickets early! Same day reservations are not permitted. Advance reservations for Free Day will be made available online at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time on the Tuesday a week before the scheduled Free Day. Reservations will remain open that week through the Sunday at Midnight prior to the scheduled Free Day. 

free Cub Scout activitiesHowever, a limited number of tickets will be set aside for visitors who arrive on Free Day without a ticket. The NHMU encourages you to visit the Museum on Free Day even if you don’t have an advance reservation.  If tickets are still available, you will be admitted.  You may be asked to wait until later in the day and, unfortunately, you may be turned away. 

If Free Day isn’t your style, NHMU also offers Group Rates. Bring the whole troop for a day trip and take advantage of the discounted price. 

Cub Scouts can even participate in the museum’s Boy Scout at the Museum program. Scouts will enjoy a wide variety of hands-on, authentic experiences with natural history concepts that also support their progress towards Cub Scout Belt Loops, Cub Scout Merit Badges and Boy Scout Merit Badges. 

Wild West Days Train

Get discounted tickets to Heber’s Wild West Days Train ride, a fun and family friendly Old West Train Event. 

This activity is one you and your Cubs won’t want to miss! Wild West Days includes a short, 40-minute round trip train ride on the historic Heber Creeper. Onboard you’ll experience train robbers and fun western sing-a-longs. At the depot, there are loads of old-west fun, including staged gun-fights from the Salt Water Bunch, Dr. Russell’s Magic Show, and Crazy Ani’s Wild West Show. The entertainment at the depot is performed AFTER each train, so plan on sticking around for approximately 1 hour after your train returns to enjoy all the fun stuff! You’ll also enjoy the Salt Water Bunch’s Cowboy Camp. The Railroad Saloon will be open for Root Beer Floats and other treats. Bring the whole family or troop and enjoy the Heber Valley Railroad’s Wild West Days the first weekend in June. You must call the ticket office to reserve your train time. Most trains will sell out fast! 

$5-Off Family Night at the Aquarium

free summer Cub Scout activitiesGet away from the summer heat and spend a cool evening visiting the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. Get a discounted rate any Monday night this summer! This is a great activity for the family, the troop or a church group. 


Visit from 4 PM to 6 PM and receive $5 off of each ticket. Purchase your tickets in-person to receive the discount.

Check out their pricing here: Loveland Living Planet Aquarium Family Night Deal

Cub Scouts Fish for Free

Do you have a fishing license? If not, its a worthwhile investment that can benefit more than just you. Leaders who hold a valid fishing license are eligible to take youth on fishing activities where participants can fish without a license. 

To qualify for this great deal, fill out the information on the fishing youth exemption form and read the section of the Utah State code that is attached. You don’t have to submit this form to the DWR, but you must have it in your possession during the event.

This is a great way to take a troop out for a fun outdoors experience, especially if you as a leader already hold a valid fishing license! 


Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below what other Cub Scout-worthy activities you have planned for this summer!




Author: Madison Austin | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council 

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