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Annual Recognition Dinner

Date To Be Determined

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

Cub Launch Activities

Spend a day at the Beaumont Scout Reservation in High Ridge, MO 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.

Fall 2021 Dates and Locations

  • September 18
    • Camp Warren Levis - Godfrey, IL
  • September 25
    • Foundation Park - Centralia, IL
    • Jackson City Park - Jackson, MO
  • October 2
    • Beaumont Scout Reservation - High Ridge, MO
    • Monroe County Fairgrounds - Waterloo, IL
    • O'Fallon Sportsmen's Club - Lebanon, IL
    • Rhodes France Scout Reservation - Pana, IL
    • Wentzville UMC - Wentzville, MO

Register

Register Here

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 Outdoor Experience

Fall is one our favorite times to get outside! Fall Outdoor Experience opens our camp properties up to you and your family to enjoy all they have to offer.

2021 program dates, locations, and details will be released soon!

Fall Fright Fest

Fall Fright Fest Event Details:

  • When? October 16th, 2021
  • 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.

Register

Register Here

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

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!

https://learn-to-fish.igfa.org/courses/intro-to-fishing

Select a state to find fishing and boating information:

https://www.takemefishing.org/missouri/

https://www.takemefishing.org/illinois/

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

Event Details!

Haunted Hayrides is a spooky good time for children and adults of all ages!

Held over two weekends in October at Camp Warren Levis, this event is 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.

2021 Dates

October 22nd, 23rd, 29th, & 30th

Register

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Want To Do The Haunting?

Is your Troop or Crew interested in helping put on the event? If so, register here!

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 the Greater St. Louis Area Council Camping Department at camping@stlbsa.org.

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

Last Scouts Standing

What is it?

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.

Event Date

Spring 2022 Event Date to be announced soon!

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 eight local Jewish cemeteries. For more information on this good turn please CLICK HERE.

Register

Thank you to everyone who came out and made this a huge success in 2021! Check back after the first of the year for 2022 event details!

ABOUT MEMORIAL DAY GOOD TURN

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 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

When

September 24th - 25th, 2021

Where

Camp Warren Levis
Godfrey, IL

Register

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Details

Mom & Me is a weekend camp for Cub Scouts and their moms (or guardians), jammed packed 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.

Outdoor Movie Nights

Join us for a family-fun movie night under the stars!

Movie Night PictureJoin us for the viewing of 'How to Train Your Dragon' at Beaumont Scout Reservation August 13th and 14th, 2021!

  • Arrive anytime after 7PM
  • Movie will start at 8PM with sunset
  • Location: Camp May Parade Field
  • Cost: $20 per family/household (6 people per spot)
  • Pre-order Pizza and Ted Drewes ice cream when you register online. Food will be distributed when you check in for the event.
  • Bring your own blankets and chairs!

Register

Register Here

Inclement weather policy:

If there is inclement weather, the event will be canceled 2 hours prior to the event. An email will be sent out in addition to posting on the website and Facebook.
Light rain will not be considered inclement weather.
In the event of inclement weather, families/groups will be able to movie their registration to another night, another Scouting event, or reimbursed for their registration.

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, knot tying, s'mores, and more!

Register

**2022 Date and Location to be Announced Soon**

Scouting For Food

Scouting for Food

What started as an Eagle Scout project by a St. Louis Area Scout has grown into one of the largest single-day food drives in the country!

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Scouts were able to make a big impact in 2020. Over $50,000 dollars was raised which equals approximately 200,000 meals provided to local families in need. We were also able to collect and donate over 145,000 food items to local pantries.

2021 Drive Details

Bag distribution day will be November 13th with collection being one week later on the 20th.

Check back for the 2021 Leader Guide and other drive details!

2021 Patch

2021 Scouting For Food Patch

Order your 2021 Scouting for Food patches here.

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsor:

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Shoot-O-Ree

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.

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!

Spook-O-Ree

Rhodes France Scout Reservation

Spook-O-Ree 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!

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**Event Date and Registration Information to be Announced Soon**

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.

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Summer of Service

Summer of Service LogoJoin Scouting families across the country in a spirited Summer of Service! As we have throughout our history, Scouting families are answering the call to work together in service of the greater good. From public health drives, to caring for the environment, to assisting neighbors in need, Scouts have always been a force for positivity and goodness in our communities. Now more than ever, our world needs that Scouting spirit once again. Let’s step up! Together, we can answer the call to make a positive impact in our neighborhoods and communities. Join us today, with projects big or small, in a Summer of Service!

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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!

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Scouts BSA Voyageur Workshop

What is it?

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!

Event Dates

***Check back! Fall 2021 locations to be announced soon!***

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

What is it?

Join us at the Beaumont Scout Reservation as we deck the halls! Outdoor light displays, holiday crafts, games, and a visit from Santa are just a few of the holiday themed activities we have in store for your Scouts and family!

Event Details

***Check back! 2021 dates and time will be released soon!***