You may not think about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as being part of outdoor programs that we typically offer at the Heights. In fact, STEM plays a role in many activities, especially in those you will find on this page.

Automotive Repair

Learn the basics of how a car operates and how to deal with issues that arise.

It's All Things Birds

We will focus on feeding, housing and observing with a number of activities. Birdfeeders will be placed so that you can observe and identify birds and make an online report as part of the Great American Backyard Bird Count which runs February 17-20. Do your part to add to this valuable annual inventory sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society and Birds Canada. You will also get a chance to make seed cakes to feed the birds at home and to prepare a bird house to put in your back yard.


Being familiar with your surroundings makes it easier to be comfortable in the outdoors. The area of ecology centers on studying the many facets of nature that surround us. This activity will offer a varying array of programs at the Heights, including nature hikes, plant and animal identification, and many more. 

Jamboree On The Air/Jamboree On The Internet

Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. This jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby amateur radio operator’s ham shack.

Jamboree-on-the-Internet, or JOTI, is an annual international Scouting event sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Each year, during the third weekend in October, Scouts from around the world gather online to learn about other cultures and the activities in which other Scouts participate. They communicate with each other using Internet-enabled devices such as computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Last year, JOTA-JOTI had over 1.5 million Scouts and leaders participate in more than 160 countries!

Maple Sugaring

We are pleased to partner with the "Top O' The Hill Maple" sugar house that abuts our property in Blanford. An easy mile-long hike brings you to the sugar house where you will learn about how this great confection is made. You may even be able to sample some of the syrup they produce. 


Are you interested in the finer points of taking great pictures to remember those great activties? Then this is the session for you. Whether you have a nice digital camera or you are just using your phone, this program will help you take better pictures.

Nature Awakes!

Join us as we tour camp looking for signs of spring in nature. We will look at vernal pools to see of we can locate amphibians and their offspring. Short guided hikes will search for spring wildflowers and some of our spring nesting birds. Did we mention a treat of sugar cookies in the wildlife theme? OK, not really a spring thing but welcome all year around!


Discussions, working displays and some hands on opportunities will introduce young and old alike to some of the many aspects of radio, including ham radio, family service radio, marine radio, general mobile service radio, using a scanner to monitor public service activity such as police, fire, rail roads, forestry crews, snow plows, learn about short wave radio and short wave listening, learn to send and receive Morse code and how to build simple radio devices.


Rockets fired with small engines are another popular program. Bring your own rocket and fire it off in the parade field to see how high it goes. A great activity that can involve the entire family building the rocket.

Trees and Tracking Scavenger Hunt

Come join us on a scavenger hunt as you enjoy the Moses Scout Reservation. We will be focusing on tree identification and tracking signs commonly found in the camp. Sharpen your skills and discover new things! You will have an opportunity to make a plaster cast of an animal track to bring home.

Water Bottle Rockets

This fun activity let's you test your engineering abilities. How high can you get your rocket to fly? How does the placement of the fins affect the flight of the rocket? Build your own rocket before you come to WHOA using the directions in the file below, then come launch it to see how well it does. This is a fun activity for everyone in the family.

Water Bottle Rocket Directions