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Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner
Date To Be Determined
Collinsville Convention Center | Collinsville, IL
Join us for this late-spring event, which is open to all GSLAC Scouters, highlighted by the presentation of the year’s Silver Beaver Awards. The Silver Beaver Award is the highest recognition a Boy Scout council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader. The award is presented to those volunteers who have provided noteworthy service that impacts the lives of youth and and has made outstanding contributions to the Scouting program.
Congratulations to the 2020 Silver Beaver Class!
- Jeanne Burke (Cahokia Mounds)
- John Kirkpatrick (New Horizons)
- Mike Scully (Board)
- Terry Grime (St. Clair)
- Fred Brown (North Star)
- Jay Byington (Boone Trails)
- Malcolm Bliss (New Horizons)
- Ken Capps (Board)
- Eric Voss (Cahokia Mounds)
- Greg Gunyon (St. Clair)
- LaDonna Hudson (Boone Trails)
- Kevin Harrison (Gravois Trail)
- Jennifer Kedge (North Star)
- Jack Musgrave (Board)
- Rebecca Anderson (Pathfinder)
- Roosevelt Fair-Kincaid (Illini)
- Stanley Gooch (Egyptian)
- Chris Neilsen (Thunderbird)
- Sherry Watson (Shawnee)
- Cheryl Hohnbaum (Kaskaskia)
- Steve Lusietto (Arrowhead)
- Barb Machalek (River Trails)
- Eric Searcy (Osage)
- Brett Matthews (Cherokee)
- Steve Rasche (Board)
The Greater St. Louis Area Council presented its first Silver Beaver Awards in January 1932. Since then, the council has had more than 1,800 Silver Beaver recipients!
Many of the council’s properties offer a variety of activities on the water. Swimming, boating, sailing and fishing are some of the favorite activities of many Scouts. Find out what each camp has to offer by going HERE.
SAFE SWIM DEFENSE
BSA groups shall use Safe Swim Defense for all swimming activities. Adult leaders supervising a swimming activity must have completed Safe Swim Defense training within the previous two years. Safe Swim Defense standards apply at backyard, hotel, apartment, and public pools; at established waterfront swim areas such as beaches at state parks and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes; and at all temporary swimming areas such as a lake, river, or ocean. Safe Swim Defense does not apply to boating or water activities such as waterskiing or swamped boat drills that are covered by Safety Afloat guidelines. Safe Swim Defense applies to other nonswimming activities whenever participants enter water over knee deep or when submersion is likely, for example, when fording a stream, seining for bait, or constructing a bridge as a pioneering project. READ MORE
BSA groups shall use Safety Afloat for all boating activities. Adult leaders supervising activities afloat must have completed Safety Afloat training within the previous two years. Cub Scout activities afloat are limited to council, district, pack, or den events that do not include moving water or float trips (expeditions). Safety Afloat standards apply to the use of canoes, kayaks, rowboats, rafts, floating tubes, sailboats, motorboats (including waterskiing), and other small craft, but do not apply to transportation on large commercial vessels such as ferries and cruise ships. Parasailing (being towed airborne behind a boat using a parachute), kitesurfing (using a wakeboard towed by a kite), and recreational use of personal watercraft (small sit-on-top motorboats propelled by water jets) are not authorized BSA activities. READ MORE
*Training for Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat are available online by logging on to my.scouting.org.
Climbing, Rappelling, & Challenge Courses
Want to get trained as a Climbing or Challenge Course instructor? Click HERE for more information.
Our council has two Challenge Courses, one each at S bar F Scout Ranch and Beaumont Scout Reservation. The Challenge Course is a program for youths and adults that includes a series of outdoor challenges — beginning with basic group initiative games and progressing to more complicated low-course and high-course activities. Some of these events involve a group effort while others test individual skills and agility. Participants climb, swing, balance, jump and think through solutions to a variety of challenges. Most participants find that they can do much more than they initially thought they could.
There are eight major goals of the Challenge Course:
- Leadership development
- Problem solving
- Have FUN!
The low course consists of group initiative games and events, which help participants learn to work together using communication and trust to achieve their goals. While individual coordination and strength are helpful, participants accomplish the low-course events with the support and combined efforts of their team.
The high course is an individual exercise and builds self-esteem. It is conducted 30 feet in the trees and allows the participant to challenge him/herself to become more aware of individual strengths and limitations. Every participant on the course wears a harness connected to a safety line.
Our Challenge Courses provide an opportunity for each participant to achieve success as an individual and as a member of a patrol or team. The events are not designed to be competitive or to be races against time. The more important objectives include building confidence, developing leadership skills and attaining a sense of common cooperation among team members.
Your unit provides the trained Challenge Course Instructors for each group of 13 maximum. Two trained leaders are required to lead the group.
ROCK CLIMBING & RAPPELLING
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to climb to the top of a mountain, or rappel down a rope from the heights of treetops? The skills that you will learn here are the basics that every expert climber had to master when they first started to climb and rappel.
Climbing Towers are available to Scouts, Venturers and Explorers at Beaumont Scout Reservation and Camp Lewallen. The Beaumont tower is also lit for night climbing and is available for evening rentals. The troop, crew or post provides its own certified Climbing Instructors.
Ready for something more advanced? Come experience the thrill of peering over the edge of cliffs at S bar F Scout Ranch or Pine Ridge Scout Camp. Climbing equipment is available for units with trained rock climbing instructors.
Units can choose from Freedom, Ranger Falls, Collarbone or Baby Snake cliffs at S bar F or the dramatic sculped cliffs of Giant City State Park near Pine Ridge. Camping sites are even available on top of the cliffs along the Little St. Francis River or near Castle Rock at S bar F.
Spring Cub Launch
Cub Launch Activities
Spend a day at camp with the whole family doing all the things Cub Scouts love to do!
BB gun shooting, Archery, Hike the Bobcat Trail (learn what you need to know to get your Bobcat badge!), and a STEM demonstrations and activities are just a few of the exciting things available.
May 15th, 2021
Click on the location of your choice below to register!
Beaumont Scout Reservation - High Ridge, MO
Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park - Whittington, IL
Camp Warren Levis - Godfrey, IL
Rhodes France Scout Reservation - Pana, IL
Borsch Park - Valmeyer, IL
Wentzville United Methodist Church - Wentzville, MO
S-F Scout Ranch - Knob Lick, MO
O'Fallon Sportsman's Club - Lebanon, IL
Pine Ridge Scout Camp - Makanda, IL
Clinton Community Building and Grounds - Sikeston, MO
Drost Park - Cahokia Mounds - Maryville, IL
Barnes-Jewish Hospital: Attend a free class called “Stop the Bleed.” This one-hour class is designed to teach non-medical people how to control emergency bleeding. The program goes over how to apply pressure to bleeding wounds, how to do emergency packing, and how to apply a tourniquet. If interested in taking the class, contact Billy Kollmar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers & Merchants Bank (Eureka, MO): Sign your Pack up for an interactive and age-appropriate lesson on Financial Responsibility or make plans to take a field trip. Farmers & Merchants Bank offers Packs a tour of the teller line, vault, and the different tools used at the bank. Call 636-938-7878 for more details.
Federal Aviation Administration: The FAA encourages Scouts and their families who may travel by aircraft not to pack hazardous materials in their checked and/or carry-on luggage. View their brochure or visit faa.gov/Go/PackSafe for helpful resources to share with your units.
Gateway Arch: NPS Rangers facilitate audience-centered programs that feature role playing, decision making, multiple perspectives, analytical thinking and many hands-on activities. Programs are hosted at the Old Courthouse or the new Museum at the Gateway Arch. They are presented year-round, free of charge.
- Lewis and Clark: Explore the cultures, landscapes and animals encountered by the Corps of Discovery as they traveled and mapped the newly purchase Louisiana Territory.
- Trappers and Traders: Bold and audacious, join these adventurers as they learn about the resources of unknown territories, barter and live among American Indians, and contribute to the economy of the American frontier.
- American Indians of the Great Plains: Compare and contrast your life with that of traditional Plains Indians tribes during the 1800s. Learn how the land shaped their traditional tribal customs and how westward expansion changed their way of life.
- Heading West? Supply yourself in St. Louis before heading west. Confront some of the same choices early pioneers did while traveling west across prairies, rivers and mountains to Oregon and California.
- St. Louis: How It All Began: In 1764 French fur traders founded St. Louis at what is now the base of the Gateway Arch. Explore how this small yet diverse settlement grew into a thriving river town.
- General Museum Tour: Meet the people and hear the stories of those who lived, settled and worked in the early 18th- and 19th-century “west.” The program will include information and activities related to Lewis and Clark, the fur trade, Plains Indians and pioneers on the trail.
- Mock Trials: Ranger-led mock trials give students the opportunity to read scripts, argue facts and decide a verdict as they re-enact one of several historic trials that took place at the Old Courthouse including Dred Scott and Virginia Minor cases, and Williams v. Bellefontaine.
Reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance. Maximum group size is 30 youth (one adult for every 10 youth). Please allow 50 minutes for each program.
Missouri Botanical Garden: visit mobot.org/scouts for details.
- Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis Festival, April 6-7
- Scout Night at Missouri Botanical Gardens, April 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
River Radio (Cape Girardeau): River Radio in Cape Girardeau (324 Broadway) offers free tours of its radio station to Scout groups. Scouts get an up close and personal view of radio broadcasting and learn how radio stations operate. To schedule your Scout group, contact Kirby Ray at email@example.com or 1-800-289-5103 ext. 577.
Shaw Nature Reserve: Cub Scouts, enjoy a weekend at Shaw Nature Reserve! Enjoy a variety of activities including water ecology, night hikes, themed crafts, star gazing, and a campfire with s’mores and plenty of hot chocolate! Accommodations provided in the Dana Brown Overnight Center’s delightful historic cabins and new shower facilities.
- Scout Day at Shaw Nature Reserve, May 18 from 8 a.m.-noon
St. Louis Astronomical Society: The SLAS Library Telescope Program seeks to foster scientific literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people who have never looked through a telescope the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery. If you are interested in gaining an introduction to astronomy or would like to help SLAS with its new Library Telescope Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org. View the Library Telescope Locations.
St. Louis Blues Hockey: Scouts can take advantage of discounted tickets for the game on March 21. Visit nhl.com/blues/tickets/scout-offers for tickets. Use promo code BSCOUT at checkout.
Saint Louis Chess Club is hosting a Scouts BSA chess merit badge event just for girls! The free workshop is Feb. 3 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here for more details and to register.
SIUe Basketball Game/Sleepover: Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are invited to attend the SIUe basketball game on Jan. 19 and then stay for a sleepover in the arena. Your $15 ticket includes admission to the game, movie, popcorn and breakfast the next day. For more info or to reserve tickets, contact Paul Dodson at 618-650-3695 or email@example.com.
Tower Grove Park: Tower Grove Park has free birding kits available! Kits are geared towards students in grades 4-8 and each kit includes binoculars and flash cards. View the flyer or contact Tricia Scalise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duty To God
Every Scout has the opportunity to earn their faith’s religious emblem which can be worn on their uniform as a youth or an adult. Religious emblems will fulfill Duty to God adventure requirements for Cub Scouts, Scout Spirit requirements for Scouts BSA and TRUST award for Venturing.
Learn More by clicking here.
Fall 2020 Outdoor Experience
Fall is here and the fun doesn't stop!
Join in activities at our local camps where you'll find something for everyone to enjoy!
Ready to get outdoors? Learn more HERE.
Fall S-F Ranger Program
Come experience The Ranch in the Fall by taking part in the Fall Ranger Program, November 27-29!
This weekend will provide participants with the opportunity to explore the backcountry of S-F during a time of year that gives a whole new perspective on the scenery and wildlife that comprises this Scouting paradise. Participants will try their hand at blacksmithing, trail cooking, black powder rifle shooting, and more, which are all activities that Scouts and Venturers can do during the week-long summer Ranger program. The program is open to youth age 14 and older.
Valid state fishing permit is required for those between the ages of 16–65 wanting to fish on Greater St. Louis Area Council properties. You can purchase permits online at:
Get on Board and create your own adventure!
All the fishing resources you need in one place to learn, plan, and equip for a day on the water. https://www.takemefishing.org/how-to-fish/fishing-resources-events/everything-you-need-to-start-fishing/
Free Learn to Fish Course!
Select a state to find fishing and boating information:
Complete Angler Award Service Project: This option is ONLY for Scouts who have earned all three fishing-related merit badges – fishing, fly fishing and fish and wildlife management and would like to earn the Complete Angler Award. In addition to earning all three fishing-related merit badges the Scout has to complete one of the following four service projects. Scouts registering for the Complete Angler Award Service Project will be able to complete the service project at the skill center.
Your last step is to successfully complete one or more of the following projects:
- Teach a Fishing or Fly Fishing merit badge skill to your troop, crew or team as part of a unit program activity.
- Help instruct Cub Scouts on fishing skills or fishery management as part of a Cub Scout meeting or outing.
- Participate in a local fishing derby or tournament, either a Scouting or Community event.
- Complete a conservation project that will benefit a local fishery.
If a Scout is registering for a merit badge (fishing, fly fishing or fish and wildlife management) they CANNOT register for the Complete Angler Award Service Project.
Note: Scouts registering for the Complete Angler Award Service Project MUST bring proof they have earned fishing, fly fishing and fish and wildlife management merit badges. They can bring their blue cards (or photocopies of their blue cards) for these merit badges or a signed letter from their Scoutmaster stating the Scout applying for the Complete Angler Award has earned fishing, fly fishing and fish and wildlife merit badges. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
Haunted Hayrides is a spooky good time for children and adults of all ages!
Traditionally this event is held over two weekends in October at Camp Warren Levis, open to all Scout units, Scout families and the general public. Each hayride ride lasts about 20 minutes, showing the spookier, scarier side of Camp Warren Levis. Keep an eye out for the goblins and ghouls, and be careful about that noise in the woods…Come early or stay after your ride for time around the bonfire, and enjoy some chili and hot chocolate from the concessions stand.
Due to COVID-19 this event has been canceled for 2020. Check back for updates!
The Greater St. Louis Area Council sponsors hiking trails throughout Missouri from a 4-mile trail over the rolling hills of Beaumont Scout Reservation to the rugged, two-day 20-mile hike across Taum Sauk Mountain in the Ozarks. There are also historic trails such as the Gateway West in downtown St. Louis and the Les Petites Cotes in St. Charles.
These hiking trails are maintained by the Council Hiking Committee, which is made up of dedicated trail coordinators. If you are interested in volunteering with this group, please contact the Greater St. Louis Area Council Camping Department at email@example.com.
Check out the list below to find your unit’s next outdoor adventure!
HOW TO REGISTER FOR TRAIL HIKES
Applications to hike all trails must be filed at least two weeks in advance at the Camping Department, which will issue a permit.
- Cub Scouts may hike the Shippey Color Trails (2-9 miles) at Beaumont. There is a recognition patch.
- Webelos may hike these 10-mile hikes: Gateway West, 1904 World’s Fair and Les Petites Cotes.
- Any Scout may hike any trail except the School Craft, Daniel Boone, Taum Sauk and Lost Creek. Scouts hiking these four trails must have hiking experience.
All Boy Scouts, Explorers, Venturers and Scouters hiking trails should be in uniform. There must be two adult leaders for every 10 Scouts who hike, and one leader for each additional 10 Scouts. A fee of $3.00 per hiker covers cost of awards. This fee is payable after the trail has been hiked and should accompany the Trail Hike Report.
This is a 10-mile trail (5 miles up and 5 miles back) that winds up Mount Logan at Camp Lewallen. Anpetu-We Trail is a perfect backpack trail to get ready for Philmont because it offers a chance to do a hike with a dry campsite — meaning you have to carry your own water in. The one and only campsite is located near the top of Mount Logan. It is also possible to do this hike in one day.
John J. Audubon Trail
Located in the Mark Twain National Forest just west of Ste. Genevieve, this 12-mile trail is a wonderful trail hike to do as a one- or two-day trek. This trail is currently the only council-sponsored trail that has a GPS geo-cache located on a section of the trial (this would be a good trail to teach with GPS). Hikers will encounter approximately 3,000 vertical feet of ups and downs, so consider this terrain as rugged.
Daniel Boone Trail
This one-way 20-mile trail in St. Charles and Warren Counties follows the Katy Trail for 15 miles of its length. It starts in Defiance and takes scenic back roads to Matson, where it joins the Katy Trail. Augusta is a good halfway point. The Boone Trail leaves the Katy Trail a little past Dutzow to end at the Daniel Boone Monument. Troops can use the trail for the one-day, 20-mile requirement of Hiking Merit Badge, or they can bike the Katy Trail straight from Defiance to Dutzow and then the Boone Monument for the 15-mile requirement of Cycling Merit Badge.
Carondelet-Jefferson Barracks Trail
This 12-mile closed-loop city hike is located in the Carondelet-Jefferson Barracks area of south St. Louis and south St. Louis County. This trail covers many historic buildings and sites, along with two scenic overlooks of the Mississippi River. Bring a camera, as this trail can offer the Scout a chance to work on the Photography merit badge.
Gateway West Historical Trail
This is a circular 10-mile city hike that begins and ends at Eads Bridge in downtown St. Louis. It is a question-and-answer trail over many of the historical sites in downtown and south St. Louis. Many of the historical sites also offer tours of their facilities, so plan ahead and visit some of these sites while you hike and learn about the city of St. Louis.
The hike starts at the Rockwood Range Tract, travels through the Greensfelder County Park, and finishes its one way 14-mile hike at Rockwoods Reservations where the museum and wildlife displays are available for nature and wildlife education. This trail can also be hiked backwards to complete the trail as a 20-mile hike and fulfill one of the requirements for the Hiking merit badge. This trail is 99 percent in the woods, and it is also a perfect opportunity to work on individual advancement with the use of map and compass.
Henry School Craft Trail
This map and compass trail can be divided into north and south loops located in the Mark Twain National Forest southwest of Potosi, Mo. The south loop is approximately 9 miles long, while the north loop is approximately 5 miles. Many hiking options are available, such as individual day hikes of the two loops, combinations of the two loops and backpacking. This trail also can be used with GPS navigation equipment.
Les Petites Cotes Trail
A circular 10-mile urban hike located in historic St. Charles, the first capitol of Missouri. This is a question-and-answer trail over many of the historical sites in downtown St. Charles. Many of the historical sites offer tours of their facilities, so plan ahead and visit some of these sites while you hike and learn about the city of St. Charles.
Lost Creek Trail
This is a 20-mile circular hiking and bicycling trail located in Warren County, Mo. The entire trail is over county and state roads. The trail starts in Pendleton. The trail can be used to cover some of the requirements for the Hiking and Cycling merit badges.
Moses Austin Trail
The 14.5-mile wilderness trail is in a rugged section of the Clark National Forest in Washington County, northwest of Potosi, Mo. This is a wonderful trail to work on the Backpacking merit badge.
This rugged 17-mile circular trail around the perimeter of the Beaumont Scout Reservation is ideal for overnight backpacking programs. Groups planning high-adventure treks will find the trail to be a challenging shake down. It is a great trail to work on the Backpacking merit badge.
The Shawnee Trail, named after one of the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s Order of the Arrow lodges, was developed to be a 20-mile hiking trail in the woods at Beaumont Scout Reservation. The trail follows a number of the other hiking trails located at Beaumont. It is all 10 percent or less in slope.
Shippey Color Trail System
There are four different short trails at Beaumont Scout Reservation. The Red Trail is 5.2 miles long, the Green Trail is 4.4 miles long, the Yellow Trail is 2.5 miles long and the Blue Trail is 9 miles long. Each color trail goes into a different part of Beaumont and offers a different view of what Beaumont has to offer.
Taum Sauk Trail
The Taum Sauk Trail is now part of the Ozark Trail. Please go to www.ozarktrail.com to get map and information about hiking the Taum Sauk Trail portion of the Ozark Trail. Scout camping is available at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park.
The Taum Sauk Trail was made possible through the efforts of the late J.L. “Pop” Connelly, and was formally dedicated on April 12, 1958. Many scouts and scouters have been able to experience the natural beauty of the Ozarks thanks to his efforts. Below is a link to a news article detailing some of the history of the trail and the dedication of a memorial to “Pop” Connelly. Also listed is a program from the trail dedication in 1958.
Three Notch Trail
This trail is a 21-mile, two 10-mile loops joined by a 1-mile connector, at the S bar F Scout Ranch. You will hike through many of the wilderness areas not normally seen by Scouts at summer camp. The hike can be done in separate loops and it is great for backpacking with the West Loop rated at moderate and the East Loop rated difficult.
The 12-mile circular forest trail lies entirely within Beaumont Scout Reservation. Much of this trail follows scenic ridge tops and up or down at 10 percent or less grade in most places. This trail qualifies as one of the five 10-mile trails required for the Hiking merit badge. There are several places to camp on the trail, which makes this a great backpacking hike also.
1904 World’s Fair Trail
This 10-mile trail goes all around Forest Park and part of the Washington University campus. This trail helps tell the story of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition held in St. Louis in 1904. There are many places to visit in addition to hiking the trail, such as the St. Louis Zoo, History Museum, Art Museum and the World’s Fair Pavilion.
Last Scouts Standing
This is a multi-day skills and endurance backpacking race with four person teams and multiple checkpoint challenges, scored by overall time. Register as a four person team or individually. Individuals will be placed into a team.
Teams will be hiking over 20 miles during the course. At LSS, you will be tested physically and mentally. Participants should have good map reading skills.
Map & Compass
Map & Compass training is for leaders 18 years and older. This training prepares leaders to take their troops through the map and compass program at Beaumont Scout Reservation. The program is a progressive learning experience incorporating games, fun, map reading and compass skills. The day will culminate by using the skills on an orienteering course.
Learn More by clicking here.
Memorial Day Good Turns
Memorial Day Good Turn
Scouts of all ages are invited to participate in the Memorial Day Good Turn. For more than six decades, approximately 5,000 Scouts have gathered at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery prior to Memorial Day to decorate each of the 150,000 graves with an American Flag. This tradition is one of the longest running Memorial Day events within the Boy Scouts of America.
The Jewish Committee on Scouting is also proud to hold a Memorial Day Good Turn Event at 8 local Jewish cemeteries. For more information on this good turn please CLICK HERE.
Flag Placement/Recovery Activities
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery uses similar coordinating practices used by the Greater St. Louis Area Council to place grave site flags while minimizing the risk of COVID exposure.
Flag placement activities will take place over multiple days in 30 minute time blocks:
Wednesday, May 26, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 27, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, May 28, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 29, 9 am – 7 pm
Covid Control Measures
- All units/participants must sign in and complete the GSLAC Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist BEFORE arrival
- Limiting the number of volunteers in the cemetery or section to a total of 30 participants per section.
- Staggering the sections where flags are being placed or recovered
- Staggering placement times to limit the number of volunteers at the cemetery at any one time
- Distribute the number of flag distribution points along with flags being put in vehicles by Activity Staff to prevent volunteers from gathering in high numbers to acquire flags for placement
- All participants must wear a two-ply paper or cloth mask - no buffers, neck gaiters, bandanas, or other type of mask is permitted
- Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of face without gaps.
- Physical distancing and crowd avoidance during all announcements and instructions
- Place flags firmly in the soil so they will not blow over
- Maps will be distributed at Sylvan Springs park, right across the front entrance to Jefferson Barracks (Picnic Area 1, 358-454 Sheridan Rd, St. Louis, MO 63125)
- Please reference the “Know Before You Go” Document for helpful tips and information
For more information and to register CLICK HERE.
For information about the Jewish Committee on Scouting's similar event at 8 local Jewish cemeteries CLICK HERE.
Important information to know before you go
- Units should arrive to their scheduled time 15 minutes prior to receive their map and instructions
- Scouts and Scouters should be in full field uniform.
- Plan to hike
- Bring plenty of water for you and your scouts.
- Event is held Rain or Shine
- Bring rain gear, hats and sunscreen
- NO parking in the cemetery
- One leader should register & be main contact on the day of the event
- Please provide a good email address as we need to communicate with units effectively
- Remember the Scout Law and the Purpose of the Day. We are guest at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery.
ABOUT MEMORIAL DAY GOOD TURN
For more than six decades, approximately 5,000 Scouts have gathered at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery prior to Memorial Day to decorate each of the 150,000 graves with an American Flag. The tradition, in its 69th year in 2018, is one of the longest running Memorial Day events within the Boy Scouts of America.
The public is welcome to attend the event. Scouts from across the council assemble at the National Guard base and march into the cemetery where they proceed to the main flagpole near the center of the cemetery for an assembly and ceremony. A surprise guest speaker addresses the crowd.
Scouts honor those who served our country by raising the American Flag and then lowering it to half-mast as Scout buglers play “Taps.” Scouts who earned the rank of Eagle Scout- the highest rank in Scouting- during the past year serve as the color guard. Scouts and leaders then decorate each grave in the cemetery with a small American Flag.
It takes just two hours for Scouts to place more than 150,000 flags, which are provided by the cemetery.
In 1866, Jefferson Barracks was established as a national cemetery and today is one of the oldest interment sites of the National Cemetery Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.
Mom & Me
Camp Warren Levis
Mom & Me is a weekend camp for Cub Scouts and their moms (or guardians), jammed pack with activities and outdoor adventure. Enjoy camp favorites like archery, BB guns, hiking, arts and crafts, games, and much more! Every year has a unique and fun theme that ties into the event shirts, crafts, and games.
Not an expert camper, mom? No worries, we provide all the meals and programs, you just need a tent, a sleeping bag, and an overnight bag with any weekend-away essentials.
Due to COVID-19 this event has been canceled for 2020. Check back for future event updates!
Outdoor Movie Nights
Join us for a family-fun movie night under the stars!
Thanks to all the families that came out for our May screening of "The Goonies"!
Check back for an announcement of our Fall 2021 dates and feature presentation!
Parent & Pal
Camp Warren Levis
April 24th, 2021
This is a day event or you and your Scout have the option to spend the night!
Day Pass Only: $15 per attendee
Overnight: $20 per attendee
Parents, it’s time to make some memories with your Cub Scouts! Watch as they catch their first fish, hit their first bulls-eye, and explore the adventure and fun of the outdoors during Parent & Pal. This annual event is your family’s perfect spring weekend campout. Programs will include Cub favorites like archery, BBs, fishing, knot tying, s'mores, and more!
The event kicks off at 9am with activities wrapping around 5:30 or 6pm. All attendees will need to pack their own lunch and dinner.
There will be an optional campfire program for Day Pass attendees at 6:30pm. The campfire for Overnight campers will be at 8pm.
Registration Link Coming Soon!
Scouting For Food
The Shoot-O-Ree is open to registered Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturers. Scout-age siblings may participate too. Cub Scouts and Cub Scout-age siblings should have an adult partner present throughout the day.
All activities run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Scouts and Venturers can stop by at any time and stay for as long as they like.
Cub Scouts can choose from BB gun shooting, archery, sling shots, water balloons, rubber band shooters, marshmallow shooters, and more! Activities such as Tomahawk throwing, handguns, catapult launching, shotguns, rifles and archery will be available for Scouts BSA and Venturers. Scouts BSA and Venturers will get to enjoy a wider variety of shooting at the rifle range.
All registered and paid participants will receive a wristband and punch card for access to Shoot-O-Ree activities. Shooting activities include BB gun shooting, archery, sling shots, and more.
- Each Saturday session will adhere to 50-person maximum restrictions and 6 feet of social distancing
- Masks are required for each person in attendance!
- All participants and event staff will undergo a health screening and have their temperature checked upon arrival
- All shared materials will be disinfected in between use
Due to the maximum attendee restrictions we ask that only one parent attends with a child or one parent with multiple children to ensure as many kids can get a great experience. In contrast to previous years we need everyone who plans on attending to register, including all adults and all children, Scouts or not.
Just a few reminders and details regarding the event:
- This event is not a drop off/ pick up event, meaning parents/guardians/unit leaders must attend with the scouts.
- Don't forget to bring water bottles and closed toe shoes. While rain is not in the forecast, the event will occur rain or shine.
Note: Shooting activities require instruction and a safety briefing. Safety around firearms is a key lesson to learn in life.
Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 Event Dates To Be Released Soon!
Rhodes France Scout Reservation
Spookoree Event Details:
- Enjoy family camping while exploring the Magic & Mysteries at Rhodes France Scout Reservation! The Friday evening meal is up to the unit/campers to provide (most units either eat before they come or have a weinie roast at their campsite!). Join us at Firebowl for a movie and snacks Friday night. A fun-filled Saturday may see you trick-or-treating, taking a ‘haunted’ hike, or so much more!
- Amateur Radio – Jamboree on the Air
- Punch Cards to enjoy all of the fun!
- Obstacle Course to test your skills!
- Family Fun for Everyone! Siblings, moms, dads, grandparents can all come and enjoy the activities.
- Open shooting for BB Guns and Archery Saturday!
- Magic & Mysteries Trail Walk
- Lots of fun with games such as Human Foosball, Gaga Ball, Soccer Darts, Soccer Billiards, Mini-golf, and more!
Due to COVID-19 this event has been canceled for 2020. Check back for future updates!
The BSA’s STEM initiative gives Scouts an opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics related concepts and learn how STEM knowledge is used in everyday life and in the professional world. The aim is to expose youth to new opportunities and help build interest in the STEM-related careers that are so crucial to our future economy.
Learn More by clicking here.
Substance Abuse Initiative
Become a facilitator for the GSLAC Substance Abuse Awareness program developed by SIUE’s School of Pharmacy Take the train the trainer survey and class to help educate our youth about the dangers of Substance Abuse!
Learn More here
Scouts BSA Voyageur Workshop
Calling all Scouts BSA! We have an action-packed event that is designed to help our first-year Scouts along their advancement trail and enjoy some of the fun activities available at our camps. The workshop runs from 9:00am to 4:30pm.
Join us for Map and Compass, Fire Building, First Aid, and Knots and Lashing instruction. Scouts will also get to try their hand at shooting sports! Don’t miss this chance to have an awesome day at camp while fulfilling many Scout through First Class rank requirements!
Spring 2021 Sessions
Beaumont Scout Reservation - High Ridge, MO
Camp Warren Levis - Godfrey, IL
Pine Ridge Scout Reservation - Makanda, IL
University of Scouting
University of Scouting
Thank you to everyone that made the first ever virtual University of Scouting such a success!
University of Scouting is an event that offers the widest variety of Merit Badge clinics as well as training opportunities, in all program areas, all in one place! You will find just about anything to do with Scouting at University of Scouting whether you are a Scout, leader, commissioner, or parent!
Mark your calendars for the 2022 University of Scouting on January 29th, 2022!
Winter Wonderland Nights / Holiday Kits
Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Winter Wonderland Nights has been postponed until December 2021.
Since you can't come to our Holiday Winter Wonderland this year we are sending the Holiday Wonder to you!
Kits include all the supplies for DIY gingerbread ornaments, elf slime, The Grinch pillow and more. As well as some festive holiday treats!
The kits will be ready for pick up or mailed on December 18th. Orders must be placed before December 17th to guarantee delivery before Christmas. Orders close December 31st.
For more information about the kits CLICK HERE