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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!

View the all-time Silver Beaver recipient list.

 


Aquatics

AQUATICS

AQUATIC ACTIVITIES

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

SAFETY AFLOAT

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.

CHALLENGE COURSE

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:

  1. Leadership development
  2. Problem solving
  3. Communication
  4. Self-esteem
  5. Trust
  6. Decision-making
  7. Teamwork
  8. 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.

Helpful Forms

Challenge Course RSVP Instructions and Packing List

ROCK CLIMBING & RAPPELLING

Climbing Tower

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.

Rock Climbing

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.

Helpful Forms

Climbing RSVP Instructions and Packing List

Pere Marquette Climbing Information

Seat Harness Set Up

Games Resources

Group Activities

‘Like’ Challenge and Climbing on Facebook

Join the Challenge and Climbing Yahoo Group


Cub Launch Saturdays

Saturdays in September and October at multiple locations including Beaumont Scout Reservation

$10 per Cub Scout and Cub Scout-age siblings

Sponsored by Zanfel Laboratories

Due to COVID-19, the local county, and state safety regulations, what has been previously known as “Cub Launch” will now go by the name of Cub Launch Saturdays. It is a spin on the regular Cub Launch program and provides new and existing Cub Scouts an opportunity to go to camp and safely participate in Scouting activities.

Cub Scout Saturday Activities:

BB gun shooting, Archery, Hike the Bobcat Trail (learn what you need to know to get your Bobcat badge!), and a STEM demonstration and activity **activities may change depending on location, the activities listed here are at Beaumont Scout Reservation

  • Each Saturday session will adhere to 50-person maximum restrictions and 6 feet of social distancing
    • 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.
  • Masks are required for each person over the age of 9 years old in Missouri; 2 years or older in Illinois
  • Each registration link below will have more information based on that specific location

COVID Safety Precautions and Procedures

Locations & Dates:

Cub Launch 2020 badge


Community Events

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 william.kollmar@bjc.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 TrialsRanger-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.

To make a reservation, visit  www.nps.gov/jeff or www.gatewayarch.com, or call 877-982-1410.

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 kirbyq@riverradio.net 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.

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 librarytelescope@slasonline.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 pdodson@siue.edu.

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 tscalise@towergrovepark.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 Fright Fest

Fall Fright Fest Event Details:

  • What is it? Start the event with a storyteller who sets the scene, encounter the haunted forest, walk through the pirate ship, explore the fort, and then end your walk with homemade slime and receive a goody bag full of treats!
    • Sessions leave every 15-30 minutes. Guides will walk you through the event.
  • Event Cost: $10 per attendee
  • Who can attend? Cub Scout and sibling friendly and age appropriate.
  • Trading post and food concessions are available for purchase!
  • Worried about being spooked? We recommend attending in the afternoon, but the whole event is for Cub Scouts and is age appropriate.

Due COVID-19 this event has been canceled for 2020.  Check back for future event details!

Fishing

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:

Missouri: https://mdc-web.s3licensing.com/

Illinois: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/LPR/Pages/FishingLicensesFees.aspx

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.

Register here for the Complete Angler Award Service Project

Complete Angler Award Application

Your last step is to successfully complete one or more of the following projects:

  1. Teach a Fishing or Fly Fishing merit badge skill to your troop, crew or team as part of a unit program activity.
  2. Help instruct Cub Scouts on fishing skills or fishery management as part of a Cub Scout  meeting or outing.
  3. Participate in a local fishing derby or tournament, either a Scouting or Community event.
  4. 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 Hayride

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!


Hiking Trails

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 Tracy Smithey, Hiking Committee chairman, at  Tracy.Smithey@rd.nestle.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.

GSLAC TRAILS

Anpetu-We Trail
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.

John J. Audubon Trail Map​

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.

Daniel Boone Trail Map

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.

Carondelet-Jefferson Barracks Trail​

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.

Gateway West Historical Trail Map

Green-Rock Trail
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.

Green Rock Trail Map

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.

Henry Rowe Schoolcraft Trail Map

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.

Les Petites Cotes Trail Map

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.

Lost Creek Trail Map

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.

Moses Austin Trail Map

Pioneer Trace
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.

Shawnee Trail
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.

Mountain Echo
Taum Sauk Trail Dedication Program

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.

Three Notch Trail Map
Three Notch Preparation

Tomahawk Trail
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.

Tomahawk Trail Map

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.

1904 Worlds Fair Trail


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 Turn

Sunday, May 24, 2020

CANCELED

70th Annual Gravois Trail
Memorial Day Good Turn – CANCELED

Jefferson Barracks Natl. Cemetery

PHOTOS

Jewish Relationships Committee
Good Turn – CANCELED
United Hebrew Congregation

PHOTOS

COVID 19 Update:

Thank you for your patience as National Cemetery Association was developing official Memorial Day guidance. Here is an update from the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Director. “Unfortunately, per their guidelines, hosting gatherings of these sizes is not advisable due to concerns about COVID-19, therefore JBNC will not be holding a Memorial Day Ceremony this year. As such, gravesites flags will not be placed on gravesites by the Scouts of America this year. However, families may place small American flags at their Veteran’s gravesite if wish to do so. Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and I deeply appreciate the commitment and dedication of the Scouts and look forward to placing gravesites flags in 2021.”

2020 Jefferson Barracks Memorial Day Good Turn – CANCELED

While Scouts can not participate in the Council’s annual Memorial Day Good Turn events this weekend, the Boy Scouts of America is calling on Scouts across the country to build on the tradition of honoring our nation’s fallen heroes this Memorial Day by posting public tributes to our veterans in partnership with the National Cemetery Administration and by participating in the National Moment of Remembrance with a special Scout salute. Learn more.

Instructions for Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Good Turn:

Scouts of all ages are invited to participate in the Memorial Day Good Turn. Check-in for the Jefferson Barracks Good Turn, hosted by the Gravois Trail District, runs from 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. at their designated area by the cemetery. The procession to the Flag Ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. Upon check-in, the unit will receive a unit participation ribbon. A Memorial Day Good Turn patch will be available for $4: segment patch is $1.

Here’s some important information to know before you go:

  • Plan for a hike.  You will be walking 2-3 miles on the day of the event.
  • The person who registers the unit should be your main contact person for the event.
  • Please do not bring Unit or American Flags.
  • No Parking will be allowed on the Cemetery Grounds. Plan on Parking in Sylvan Springs County Park on Sheridan Rd.
  • Scouts and Scouters should be in uniform.
  • Check the forecast before you head out. Bring rain gear, if necessary. The   event is held rain or shine.
  • Make sure you bring plenty of water for you and your Scouts. It’s also a good idea to bring hats and sunscreen.
  • Damaged Flags should not be placed on a site.  Instead please return damaged flags to a flag box.
  • Remember the Scout Law and the purpose of the day. We are guests at Beasley Elementary and Jefferson Barracks Cemetery.

Jewish Relationships Committee Good Turn
Members of all religions and ages are invited to help place over 7,000 flags on the graves of our war veterans at St. Louis area Jewish cemeteries. The event is sponsored by the Jewish War Veterans and the Jewish Relations Committee of the Greater St. Louis Area Council. Free breakfast provided for participants. Youth will perform a brief ceremony at each grave site for a more meaningful experience.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER >>>

ABOUT MEMORIAL DAY GOOD TURN

2018 Memorial Day Good Turn Photo Gallery

14297233793_be78dde91c_zFor 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.

14275344562_de57d5e490_zScouts 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!

 


Parent & Pal

Camp Warren Levis

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, and more.

This event is traditionally in mid-late April.  We provide all the food and all the programming so pack your weekend campout gear and enjoy!

2021 Dates will be released this fall.


ScoutFest 21

ScoutFest 21 is a once-a-decade, regional Scouting camporee organized by the Greater St. Louis Area Council. Expected attendance is 20,000 people across one weekend in Forest Park!

ScoutFest 21 is open to the whole family, including Cub Scouts, to camp overnight in St. Louis’s iconic park. Exciting program and activities are currently being developed by volunteers and youth, and will include live performances and fireworks on Art Hill, STEM and robotics, climbing walls, water sports, competitions, and much more!

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Scouting For Food

2020 Unit Leader Guide generously supported by:

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On Saturday, Nov. 14, thousands of Scouts will deliver more than 1 million blue Scouting for Food bags throughout the St. Louis metro area, southeast Missouri, and southern Illinois. They will return one week later on Nov. 21 to collect the bags full of donated canned goods.

By giving to Scouting For Food, residents are helping those in need right in their own community. With the help of Sunset Transportation, food donations in the St. Louis area are delivered to the St. Louis Area Foodbank for further distribution to over 500 hunger-relief programs and local agencies in the bi-state area. In southeast Missouri and southern Illinois, Scouts take donations directly to local food pantries.

When it comes to donations, canned fruits, vegetables, soups, tuna, chicken, and pasta sauce, and meals in a box, such as hamburger helper, are most needed. Last year, Scouting for Food gathered 1.9 million items of food which provided more than 1 million meals for the needy.

Residents who do not receive a bag can take canned food donations to any Goodwill store location Nov. 22-28.

Virtual Option:

  • Spread the word! To donate virtually, text “SCOUTFOOD” to 91999 – all monetary donations will be donated to the St. Louis Foodbank and Operation Food Search. A $1 donation = 4 meals!

2020 Scouting for Food Patch Orders!

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Scouting for Food Collection Sites

Background

It takes a great deal of community support, planning, cooperation, dedication and volunteers to make Scouting for Food the largest single-day community food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. Started in 1985 by the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Scouting for Food has expanded to other councils across the country.

Man collecting foodMore than 30,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts annually help the needy as they collect approximately 2 million cans of food during the Scouting for Food drive. The Greater St. Louis Area Council has collected more than 55 million cans of food during the 34-year history of the drive.

Items collected serve approximately 500 pantries within the Greater St. Louis Area Council, which includes the St. Louis metropolitan area, southeastern Missouri, and southern Illinois.

Scouts in the St. Louis area take donations to fire stations where it is sorted and boxed. Sunset Transportation Inc. of Sunset Hills provides trucks, equipment and volunteer drivers. It also coordinates all logistics for the food collection, which involves transporting boxed food from more than 35 area fire stations to the St. Louis Area Foodbank & Operation Food Search. The Foodbank & Operation Food Search distributes the canned goods through a network of more than 700 area food pantries and organizations.

Food BagsWhat kind of food donations are needed? Read our suggestions on the "The Perfect Bag"


Shoot-O-Ree

Saturday, August 24, 2019
Beaumont Scout Reservation | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Walk-ins Welcome

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.

Snacks and lunch will be available for an additional cost.

Please check the weather forecast for the day, and make sure each participant is prepared and dressed appropriately. This is a “rain or shine” event!

Note: Shooting activities require instruction and a safety briefing. Safety around firearms is a key lesson to learn in life. Snacks and lunch will be available for an additional cost.

As a thank you for attending the Shoot-o-Ree, we want to offer you and your family FREE tickets to the WWT Raceway at Gateway for the Indy Car Series and Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Races! Events are all afternoon/evening but the big races start at 4:30PM & 7PM. Perfect for after a fun day of shooting sports!

Full Racing Schedule here: https://www.wwtraceway.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019_INDYCAR_ScheduleJuly27.pdf

Register here for the WWT Racing Series on August 24th:  https://scoutingevent.com/312-2019WWTRacingSeries

Zoom, zoom! See you on August 24th!


Spookoree

Rhodes France Scout Reservation

Spookoree Event Details:

  • Enjoy family camping while exploring the Magic & Mysteries at Rhodes France Scout Reservation!  Families will move into camp on Friday, October 18th and will depart camp on Sunday, October 20th.  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!


STEM

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


University of Scouting

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – 2021 Date Coming Soon!

Thank you to everyone who made this day possible from the Scouts and Scouters we serve to the support staff, instructors, midway vendors and our professional partners.

It was another record breaking event. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

How Scouts Will Print Their Blue Cards

University of Scouting is a day-long event that offers the widest variety of 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! And be sure to visit the midway where local companies and organizations will be set up to show off their upcoming opportunities.

Questions Click Here or Contact Donna Baer at 314.256.3126

Here is just a sample of classes you will find at University of Scouting:

  • Unit Commissioner Basic Training — This is your first step as a new unit commissioner. Learn the responsibilities of this position and how to accomplish those tasks.
  • ECSI First Aid Training – Learn the basics of First Aid and CPR such as rescue breathing, soft tissue injuries and broken bones. Choose from the morning session or afternoon session.
  • Hazardous Weather Training — This course teaches you how to manage weather in the outdoors.  All Unit Leaders are required to complete this training every two years.  Get caught up at UoS.
  • Add “Sizzle” to Your Unit Program — If your troop is bored with the same program year after year, spice things up with these tips for incorporating new and exciting events and activities!
  • BSA High Adventure – Philmont, Northern Tier and others. Learn about these great programs, registration procedures and preparation for participation, as well as other awesome high-adventure opportunities!
  • Special Needs Overview — Every unit has at least one Scout with Special Needs, which includes autism, attention deficit disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, asthma, diabetes, hearing or visual impairment and many others. Learn about the tools available to you when dealing with these challenges.

Please note, digital blue cards will be available approximately 1 week after the event


Winter Wonderland Nights

We’ve decked the halls at Beaumont Scout Reservation!
Join us for the Winter Wonderland Nights!

  • Holiday Festivities
  • Photos with Santa
  • Candy Cane Relay Races
  • Holiday Movie Screening
  • Sweet Treats
  • Hot Cocoa Bar
  • Decorate Holiday Cookies
  • Gateway Traders Holiday Shopping
  • Festive Activities
  • Make Your Own Rudolph Ornament
  • Prepare Reindeer Food
  • Send a Letter to Santa

Check back for details on the 2020 event!