Girl Scout Overnights

Grades 1–12

7:00pm - 10:00am (the following morning) | 6:00pm - 10:00am (the following morning) (Cadettes)

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Program Overview

Pack up your troop and head on down to the Oakland Zoo for a night full of fun and adventure. Meet girls from other troops, play games, earn a patch/badge, learn about animals, explore the Zoo on a private tour, meet an Education animal up-close, and take part in exciting activities. When the night activities are over, have a snack and head down to the auditorium and turn in for the night. In the morning wake up, enjoy a continental breakfast, pack up, and head back into the Zoo to observe the animals as they wake.


Age Requirements

Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

Please note, we cannot accommodate non-scout siblings, unless the program is exclusive to your group.

Program Times

7:00pm to 10:00am the following morning

6:00pm to 10:00am the following morning (Cadettes)

Program Fees

$65 per child/$55 per adult

$80 per child/$70 per adult (Cadette program)

Group Size Limits

Brownies and Juniors: Maximum 75

Cadettes: Maximum 60

Adult/Child Ratios

1 Adult/6 Brownies

1 Adult/8 Juniors

1 Adult/10 Cadettes


You will receive 1 patch per scout for the program you have selected.

Food Allergies

Food items may contain dairy or nuts.

Upcoming Dates

Please contact our Education Reservations Associate for current openings.

Cadettes: Night Owl (outside overnight)

April 10, 2020

Brownies: Bugs

October 12, 2019 (Sold Out)

January 31, 2020 (Sold Out)

February 21, 2020

Juniors: Get Moving

November 15, 2019 (Sold Out)

November 16, 2019 (Sold Out)

Brownies: Wonders of Water

January 10, 2020 (Sold Out)

Juniors: Animal Habitats

March 20, 2020 (Sold Out)

March 21, 2020 (Sold Out)

Journey and Badge Overnights

We pack all the fun of our Journey and Badge workshops into overnights at the Oakland Zoo! See what the Zoo is like at night after all the guests have gone home. You will get to visit the Children’s Zoo at night, meet an animal ambassador up close, and have a tasty snack before bed. After you snuggle down in the comfort of our Education Center at night, enjoy a tasty continental breakfast before heading out into the zoo for a private tour as the animals wake up!

All Girl Scout Overnights include an animal close-up with one of Oakland Zoo's animal ambassadors.

Brownies: Bugs

Come to Oakland Zoo to learn a bit about bugs! You will never want to tell a bug to “buzz” off again after you spend the night at the Zoo. Learn exactly what makes a bug a bug by illustrating some of their common body parts. You will also have the chance to meet some of our resident bugs by visiting them in their homes here at the Zoo.

Juniors: Get Moving

In this leadership Journey, Juniors get wild about energy as they explore the ecological energy cycle. They’ll learn how to do an energy audit, explore animal migration on a Zoo tour, meet an animal close-up, and make conservation promise beads.

Juniors: Animal Habitats

Come find out how important it is to preserve an animal’s habitat. You will investigate many different animals here at the Zoo and learn about each one's unique habitat and what makes these animals experts at living in their habitat.

Cadettes: Night Owls

What happens in the zoo after dark? Cadettes will explore Oakland Zoo after the sun goes down, meet nocturnal animals up close and personal, and investigate how well their own senses work without light. Add in a creative art/science project or two, and you will have earned your Night Owl badge by the time you head home in the morning.

Zoo Snoops (for any age or mixed age groups)

It's a mystery; so, put on your thinking caps! Groups will work together using the clues that lead to each animal on our tour. You will learn about each animal we discover along the way from an Oakland Zoo Education Specialist. You may end up behind-the-scenes or face-to-face with an animal to meet and touch!

Additional Items for Purchase

$3 for each additional Oakland Zoo patch (for all ages)

Patches can be ordered through our Reservations Associate or through your Education Specialist the day of your program.

Reservation Information

To make a reservation, download the Girl Scout Overnight Request Form and submit a completed copy via email or fax to (510) 729-7324 at least 30 days in advance.

Payment and Cancellation Policies