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The River Trails District is located in Jefferson County. It consists of the following school districts: Fox, Festus, Jefferson R-7, Crystal City, Dunklin, Windsor, Northwest, Hillsboro, Grandview, DeSoto and Sunrise.

River Trails District Contact Information

Joseph Blasko District Director 314-256-3062 joseph.blasko@scouting.org
Peter Dreifuss District Executive 314-256-3046 Peter.dreifuss@scouting.org
Vacant District Commissioner
Bob Francis District Chairman 314-808-0669 rwfrancis1066@gmail.com
Dave Crump District Vice-Chairman 636-937-8016 davecrumponline@gmail.com
Donna Guiffrida Training Chairman 314-570-0419 ianguiffrida@sbcglobal.net
Bill Newburger Camping Chairman 314-707-4356 billnewburger@hotmail.com
Rick Bopp Advancement Chairman 636-942-4334 rbopp@hotmail.com
Sarah Wolff Activities Chairman 314-971-5963 sarahwolff11@gmail.com
Joe Kestermont Scouting for Food Chairman 314-478-8560 joseph.kestermont@gmail.com
Barb Machalek Membership Chairman 314-803-6920 barbmachalek@gmail.com
Eric Stewart Family Friends of Scouting Chairman 425-577-4891 stewart_em@yahoo.com
Keith Mueller Order of the Arrow Advisor 314-941-8061 kmueller@rgreene.com
Gil Pfaff Public Relations Chairman 314-540-2840 gilpfaff@gmail.com
Melissa Trost STEM Chairman 314-221-1726 mtrost209@aol.com
Holly Stinson Product Sales Chairman 636-208-5507 hollystinson@att.net
Kenny Wolff Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner 314-971-5963 kwolff803@gmail.com
Felicia Haynes Scouts BSA Roundtable Commissioner 314-602-4317 felicia.haynes.fh@gmail.com
Felicia Haynes Special Needs

Commissioner

314-602-4317 felicia.haynes.fh@gmail.com
Gil Pfaff Social Media and Website Manager 314-540-2840 gilpfaff@gmail.com

River Trails District Advancement

Eagle Scout Candidates: If you are looking for Eagle Board dates, Life to Eagle Seminar dates or documents for your Eagle Scout Project, Please click on Eagle Board of Review from the menu on the left side of the page.

Internet Advancement: To save time, increase the accuracy of records and real-time update of advancement we would like to work towards 100% of the units using approved Pack/Troop advancement reporting.  Packmaster, Troopmaster and ScoutSoft advancement records can be easily uploaded. Online advancement provided by council, has all registered youth with all historic advancement available for review and current advancement can easily be added to create the advancement report.

The (original) Internet Advancement platform was closed June 10, 2019 for use by Packs, Troops, Crews, and Ships. This platform is still available for use by Explorer Posts.  When a unit tries to login or create an account, they will be redirected to a landing page with additional explanation on the changes.

The new Internet Advancement platform is a completely updated experience, while retaining many features used with original Internet Advancement. Unit Key 3, Key 3 Delegates, and unit Advancement Chairs will be able to link from Scoutbook or from my.Scouting. The Single-Sign On (SSO) uses my.Scouting credentials for ease of access. Packs, Troops, Crews and Ships will use the new platform. The direct URL for Internet Advancement is http://scoutbook.scouting.org. The Frequently Asked Questions page is at help.scoutbook.com .

Contact for Issues

Please contact Member Care at 972-580-2489 if you have any questions

Award Purchases

A paper copy of the advancement report must be presented to the Scout Shops when purchasing Rank Awards and Merit Badges as these are restricted items.   The advancement report should have the wording  “SCOUTBOOK Advancement Sync with BSA national database at the end”.

COVID19 Advancement Update – click here

Guide to Advancement 2019 (current edition) – click here

On Increasing Advancement Guide – click here

Boy Scout Advancement Information:

  1. Link to Merit Badge Councilor list (For ScoutMasters)
  2. Link to Merit Badge Counselor application
    http://stlbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/MERIT-BADGE-COUNSELOR-APPLICATION-2020-1.pdf
  3. Merit Badge Counselor Electronic Application

River Trails District Roundtable

What is Roundtable? Roundtable is a meeting of leaders and parents to provide ongoing training, announce upcoming activities and news, share program ideas, and network. Roundtable typically takes place at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Windsor Intermediate Center located at 6208 US-61, Imperial, MO 63052, in the Cafeteria at the rear of the building.

Files

April Agenda

Cub Scout Roundtable Chairman: Kenny Wolff | kwolff803@gmail.com

Scouts BSA Roundtable Chairman: Felicia Haynes | felicia.haynes.fh@gmail.com

River Trails District Training

There is a new training email set up for broadcast training emails to be sent from, if you would like to be added to the email list please send an email with your name, unit number and which list you would like to be added to (Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers) to rivertrailstraining312@gmail.com and you will be added.  If you have ideas, suggestions or any training questions please feel free to email them in and I will return your email as soon as possible.  I look forward to continue working with all the volunteers in River Trails in providing training opportunities to help make your role as easy and fun as can be.

River Trails Training Chair:
Donna Guiffrida
314-570-0419 |ianguiffrida@sbcglobal.net

Cub Scout Training Chair:
Ollie Tilghman
636-349-9929 | owlie3@sbcglobal.net

Boy Scout Training Chair
Rich Meyers
314-503-9677 | rfmyers44444@sbcglobal.net

Roundtable

Roundtable is a meeting of leaders and parents to provide ongoing training, announce upcoming activities and news, share program ideas, and network. Roundtable typically takes place at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

Cub Scout Roundtable is held at Windsor Intermediate Cafeteria (in the rear of the building).

Cub Scout Roundtable Chairman: Kenny Wolff | kwolff803@gmail.com

Scouts BSA Roundtable is held in the Windsor Intermediate PDC Foyer (6208 US Hwy 61-67, Imperial, MO).

Scouts BSA Roundtable Chairman: Felicia Haynes | felicia.haynes.fh@gmail.com

Scouts BSA Leader Training

(3 Sessions and a weekend — You must attend ALL sessions.)

Fall Session SCHEDULE:
- Tuesday September 28th 6:00pm to 9:15pm (Windsor Middle School PDC Foyer Room)

- Tuesday October 5th 6:30pm to 9:15pm (Windsor Middle School PDC Foyer Room)

- Tuesday October 12th 6:30pm to 9:15pm (Windsor Middle School PDC Foyer Room)

- Friday October 22nd 24th - Beaumont Scout Camp by the Emerson Building

Download Flyer here

Download Registration here

Contact Donna Guiffrida at 314-570-0419 for more information regarding Boy Scout Leader Training.

Cub Scout Leader Training

If your unit would like to schedule a training session for unit leaders please contact Ollie Tilghman

Fall, Wed, Sept 25th | 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Windsor Intermediate School Cafeteria

You can also complete position training online at my.scouting.org

Contact Ollie Tilghman at owlie3@sbcglobal.net for more information regarding Cub Scout Leader Training.

Scoutbook

https://help.scoutbook.scouting.org/

Check the above first for Scoutbook questions.  The forums probably have the solution to your question.

Wood Badge

Wood Badge is an advanced training course for adult leaders in Scouting.  Wood Badge is so much more then “just another training course”.  Wood Badge is available to all levels of scout leader volunteers to include Cub Scout Leaders, Boy Scout Leaders, Venture Advisors.  It is required that you be a registered adult leader and have completed Basic Leader Training for your position.  You can find more information about Wood Badge by clicking here  or I would be more than happy to personally discuss with you, feel free to drop me a line at the district training email.

Okpik Cold Weather Camping Training

The purpose of the nationally acclaimed OKPIK program, made famous at Northern Tier, is to teach Scouts and Scout leaders how to be comfortable and safe while camping in cold weather. This training enables Scout units to extend their camping season to a full 12-months. These unique skills are delivered in a safe environment and culminates in a 24-hour outdoor overnight session that tests your new-found skills while enjoying some Scout fellowship and competition. This is NOT a survival skills session – it is an opportunity to learn about how winter camping can be fun and exciting, and still be enjoyable! Program is delivered in a troop setting, where each participant is assigned to a unique cold weather patrol. There are three troop meetings that are mandatory for graduation. The fourth final meeting is our outdoor overnight adventure!

All troop meetings are held at the Beaumont Scout Reservation.

Program areas include: first aid, cooking, nutrition, travel planning, shelters, clothing systems, sleeping systems, mental aspects of winter camping, nature, games, and FUN!

Youth Participant Requirements
Youth must be 14 years old and at least First Class as of December 9, 2018, have long-term camping experience, and have their Scoutmaster’s and Parental/Guardian approvals. Venturers may participate with the same restrictions less the First Class rank.

Learn more by clicking here .

Online Learning Center

Do you need to take Youth Protection Training (YPT)? Do you need to take your Cub Scout Leader Training? All of this and more can be done while visiting the BSA’s Online Learning Center.

Use your membership number on your ID card to sign in. If you are new to Scouting and do not have a membership number, create a new user name and password. Every time you complete a training session, print out the certificate provided and turn in to your Unit Leader, Committee Chairman or council service center.

Youth Protection Training
Youth protection training is mandatory for ALL registered adults and must be taken prior to any other training courses. It is available online and must be re-taken every two years. Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops

The purpose of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops course is to teach Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role.  It is intended to help Boy Scouts in leadership positions within their troop understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities.  Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Boy Scouts and is a replacement for Troop Leadership Training.  Completion of Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops is a prerequisite for Boy Scouts to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE).  It is also required to participate in a Kodiak Challenge Trek.

This course is designed to be presented within the Boy Scout Troop.  Materials for presenting this course to your troop may be found at Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troop Manual – the scout shop does not carry a printed copy of this manual, they do offer a packet of cards to supplement the course that can be given to the boys as a commitment card and to remind them of what their responsibilities are in their role.

River Trails Cub Scout Info / Events

District Pinewood Derby

March 5, 2022 @ Fox Service Center

  • Race Day

March 5th from 12:30 to 7PM at the Fox Service Center

  • Registration/Check-In

March 4th 4-8PM at the Fox Service Center

  • Need Pack commitments for an attendance count by Feb 2022 Roundtable
  • Standardized rules for all District Derby Racers
  • Lots of publicity! Scout recruitment!
  • Still time to help!

Next Meeting Sep 28th, 6:30 McKee residence

2022 Fall Webeloree Event

Fall Cub Launch

2022 Day Camps  

Arnold Day Camp

  •  at Meramec Arnold Elks Lodge
  • Register here:

Festus/Crystal City

  •  at Festus Elks Lodge ----
  • Register here:

Click here  for more camps in your area.

Grizzly Day Camp at Beaumont Scout Reservation:

Overnight Cub Scout Camp, & Cub Scout Family Camp

Cub Scout overnight camps – Webelos Camp, Arrow of light Camp, and Cub Adventure Camp are great opportunities for your Scouts to start out the year with a few Adventures/Advancements well underway and completed, while having a super fun time at camp!

Family Camps are opportunities for Scouts to spend a day and a night, over a weekend, at one of our properties, sharing the fun of the outdoors with mom, dad, and Cub Scout-aged siblings!  In addition to Family Camp, we have Dad and Lad Camp in April, and Mom and Me camp in September.

Summer Camps are in June and July, at Camp May (Beaumont), Warren Levis, Pine Ridge, and Lewallen.

River Trails Scouts BSA Info / Events

Scout Ran Troop Award

INTRODUCTION
To further encourage all troops to be led by youth leadership, one of the members of River Trails Scout BSA Training Committee is offering $100 to each of the troops that confirm their program is Scout led for the 12 months ending August 31st, 2022. This is limited to the first 20 troops that submit this form by August 31st of next year. The attached form provides the limited guidelines to justify the award. The committee would like the unit leader to print this form and present it to their PLC for consideration. As you implement this program we ask that you evaluate your program and make any changes necessary to limit adult leadership to more of an advisory role to guide youth leadership. We have a self evaluation form available to anyone that would like to evaluate how much of their program is Scout Ran. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Donna Guiffrida or Rich Myers.
The River Trails Training Committee click here for link to form

District Klondike

2/12/2022 at Beaumont

River Trails District Fundraising / Activities

Popcorn Sales

2021 Popcorn Sale: District Popcorn Goal: $155,000

  • December 10: Invoices due

Fundraising is an extremely important part of a first-rate Scouting program. Money from fundraising activities can be used to cover the cost of activities and events, equipment, badges and advancement and summer camp.

Every fall, the Greater St. Louis Area Council conducts its annual Popcorn Fundraiser across the St. Louis area. Revenue from popcorn sales help the council provide better services, more volunteer resources, the improvement of facilities and in many cases, support entire annual programs for many Scout units.

This annual event offers Scouting groups a simple, safe, effective way to raise money that, in turn, teaches boys speaking skills, confidence and salesmanship. Scouts have the opportunity to earn prizes, trips, even a college scholarship account based on their total sales.

Benefits of the Popcorn Fundraiser:

  • Raises additional funds for Scouting activities
  • Reduces out-of-pocket expenses for Scout parents
  • Teaches Scouts the value of earning their own way
  • Develops a Scout’s communication and selling skills

There are three ways Scouts can participate in the Popcorn Fundraiser:

  • Selling Door-To-Door —Scouts ask friends, family and neighbors to purchase popcorn products
  • Show ‘n’ Sell—A Scout unit receives permission to display popcorn products at a local retailer then approach customers as they pass
  • Online Sales—Scouts create their own online store on the website

Camp Cards

District Dinner

1/22/22 Location: TBD

District Hike

3/19/2022 Location: Greensfelder Park

Scouting for Food

  • November 13, 2021 – bag out day
  • November 20, 2021 – bag collection day
  • Did you know? Last year we collected over 1.5 million pounds of food collected.
  • Maps

Scouting for Her Collection Drive

Nick Ferrario at yourlastchance2011@gmail.com

River Trails District / Area Commissioners

District Commissioner - George Kunkel - georgekunkel@sbcglobal.net

River Trails Roundtable Commissioners
Name Title / Area Phone Email
Felicia Haynes Roundtable Commissioner - Scouts BSA 314-602-4317 felicia.haynes.fh@gmail.com
Kenny Wolff Roundtable Commissioner - Cub Scouts 314-971-5963 kwolff803@gmail.com
Assistant Roundtable Commissioner - Cub Scouts xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
OPEN Roundtable Commissioner - Venturing

Arnold Area 1 – Area District Commissioner Kevin Kohne, 314-937-8016 petfixerupper@aol.com

Arnold Area 1 Commissioners
Name Area Phone Email
Kim Rowden P372 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Kim Rowden T372 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
David Dacus P419 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Kevin Kohne T419 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Kim Rowden P430 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Kevin Kohne T430 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Bryan Wucher P450 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Bryan Wucher T450 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Rich Harper P458 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Larry Michaels T501 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com

Arnold Area 2 – Area District Commissioner Open

Arnold Area 2 Commissioners
Name Area Phone Email
Open P451 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Joe LaPlant P461 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Open T469 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Kim Rowden P474 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Kim Rowden T474 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Kim Rowden T474G xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Open P557 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Open T557 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Open P830 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Open P892 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Larry Michaels T892 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com

Imperial/Windsor – Area District Commissioner – Rich Myers., 314-503-9677

Imperial / Windsor Commissioners
Name Area Phone Email
Bob Stephan P401 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Rich Myers P412 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Rich Myers T412 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Bob Stephan P413 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Bob Stephan T413 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Jim Palmer P416 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Bob Stephan T416 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com

Hillsboro – Area District Commissioner – Open

Hillsboro Commissioners
Name Area Phone Email
Mike Stephens P406 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Mike Stephens T406 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Mike Stephens P547 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Mike Stephens T547 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com

DeSoto – Area District Commissioner – Open

DeSoto Commissioners
Name Area Phone Email
Open P561 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Open T561 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Open P890 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Open P891 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Open T891 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com

Fenton/High Ridge – Area District Commissioner – Roy Brooks, 314-583-8627

Fenton / High Ridge Commissioners
Name Area Phone Email
Open P29 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Open P460 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Felicia Haynes P535 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Felicia Haynes T535 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Donna Guiffrida P720 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Bill Roberts P722 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Felicia Haynes T722G xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Donna Guiffrida T722 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com

House Springs/Dittmer – Area District Commissioner – Steve Herberts, 314-608-3733

House Springs / Dittmer Commissioners
Name Area Phone Email
Steve Herberts P553 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Steve Herberts T553 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Bob Sandmeir P552 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Steve Herberts P559 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Bob Sandmeir T894 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Bob Sandmeir T894G xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com

Festus/Pevely – Area District Commissioner – Dave Crump, 636-937-8016

Festus / Pevely Commissioners
Name Area Phone Email
Open P467 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
David Kennedy T484 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Kevin Bergman P405 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Kevin Bergman T405 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Mike Cords P407 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Mike Cords T407 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Open P425 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com
Open T426 xxx-xxx-xxxx sample@email.com

Helpful Links

Resources / Downloads

Links

Internet Rechartering

Click here to visit the Rechartering website.

Click here for a brief tutorial (requires Flash Player)

Click here for an overview.

To renew your unit charter on-line:

  • Sixty days before your unit’s expiration date, select a renewal processor. This should be someone in your unit who is familiar with the members and leaders of your unit to ensure all information provided through the process is correct.
  • Your unit charter renewal packet is distributed to the unit leadership and includes an access code specifically assigned to your unit.
  • Thirty to forty-five days before your unit’s expiration date, the renewal processor clicks Recharter Now on this webpage and begins the process.
  • When the on-line process is completed, the renewal processor prints the completed charter renewal application.
  • The Unit Leader and the Executive Officer sign the charter renewal application. The signed application along with any individual applications for new youth members or adult leaders, and materials received in the charter renewal packet and all appropriate fees, should then be brought to the Council Service Center, or your district’s charter turn-in meeting.

River Trails District Eagle Board Review

The River Trails Eagle Board meets every last Thursday of the month. The board is always looking for new volunteers to serve on Eagle Board. If you are interested serving, please contact Rick Bopp at 636-942-4334.

Location for Eagle Board and Life to Eagle Seminars:
Zion Lutheran Church, 310 Central Ave., Pevely, MO 63070

Life-to-Eagle Seminar

February 8, 2022 6:30 – 7:30 pm Scout, Parents, Scout Master and or Coaches

Please bring your mask, pen and paper and water to drink.  We will be social distancing our chairs.  Please only have one parent and the scout plus their coach.  This will limit the number onsite so we can better distance ourselves.  All board members will also be wearing mask.

Life Scouts, coaches, Scoutmasters, and Troop Committee members are strongly encouraged to attend one of these seminars in order to better understand the process of going from Life to Eagle. The seminar is a combined session for adults and future Eagle candidates followed by a break-out session. The 60- to 90-minute seminar includes handouts and a display of past projects. Training is held at Zion Lutheran Church, 310 Central Ave., Pevely, MO  63070. The dates for Life to Eagle

Eagle Board Meetings

Please note that each Eagle Scouts candidate needs to schedule appointments with the Eagle Board by calling Mr. Bopp at 636-942-4334.  Also to note that the Scout needs to leave his name, return phone number and what Troop they are with.  It can take up to three days for a return phone call.  Currently we are taking up to 8 Scouts per month and that is on a first come first serve basis.  All calls must be placed 10 days prior to the Board of Review.  To be considered locked into one of the spots the Scout will need to have all of the necessary paperwork and signatures needed for the type of visit they are seeking.  All calls and activity are logged to insure the order of eligibility.

Appointments start at 7 p.m. (Be early for your appointment to get checked in)

9/23/21 7:00pm – 9:30pm Scout and Coaches
10/28/21 7:00pm – 9:30pm Scout and Coaches
11/18/21 7:00pm – 9:30pm Scout and Coaches
12/16/21 7:00pm – 9:30pm Scout and Coaches

  Please bring your mask, pen and paper and water to drink.  We will be social distancing our chairs.  Please only have one parent and the scout plus their coach.  This will limit the number onsite so we can better distance ourselves.  All board members will also be wearing mask.

Eagle Materials
Path from Life to Eagle checklist
The Benefiting Organizations Guide to an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook – Fillable
Eagle Scout Rank Application – Fillable
Guide to Advancement Eagle Scout Section Only
Age Guidelines for Tool Use and Work at Elevations
Letter of Reference Request Form Letter

Additional Downloads
Electronic Eagle Scout Application Procedures
Navigating the Eagle Scout Service Project, Information for Project Beneficiaries
The Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety
Scholarships For Eagle Scouts
A Parents Guide in the Life to Eagle Process

River Trails District Order Of The Arrow

Click here to be taken to our Order Of The Arrow website.

Lodge Updates

  • Fall Reunion

September 10-12  @ S bar F

  • Sectional Conclave

October 15-17, 2021 @ Camp Illinek

  • Brotherhood Bash

October 23rd @ Beaumont

  • Founders Award

Deadline Nov 1, 2021

  • Vigil Nomination

Deadline Nov 1, 2021

  • November Chapter Meeting

TBD

  • Lodge Winter Banquet

Dec 19th 2021

  • Spring Conclave

April 8-10 2022 @ Beaumont

River Trails District STEM

Dec 11th- STEM University @ UMSL- Registration links will be open soon for both CS
and Scouts BSA!

Dec 12th- Communications MB workshop- 1-4pm @ Beaumont in the Theater
Room in Emerson Center; Cost is $5 per scout; Register at:
http:///www.scoutingevent.com/312-communicationsmeritbadgeinperson#

Dec 18th- Motor Away Workshop@ Discovery Playhouse- 8am-10am; Cost is
$11 per scout; Register at: http://www.scoutingevent.com/312-MAdiscovery

Jan 8th- STEM University @ SEMO- Registration links coming soon!

Visit the Greater St. Louis Area Council STEM Facebook page for more information.

We hope to see you there!

Craftsmen STEM Trailer Design Contest!- Help us design a new wrap for the STEM
Trailer! The top 10 designers will be welcomed to Craftsmen on Dec 28th to see how the
process is going and to have a meet and greet with the CEO for lunch. Submit your design
to thomas.kroenung@scouting.org and the winner(s) will be announced Dec
16th! http://stlbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Trailer-Design-Contest-flier.pdf

Nov 19th- Einstein Recognition Dinner @ St Louis Science Center in the Planetarium-
6-9pm; Cost is free for the Supernova recipient and 1 adult after that cost is $30 per
attendee. This is open to those that have completed a Supernova in 2020 and 2021.
Register at: http://www.scoutingevent.com/312-einstein2021

Nov 20th- Germs Alive! Workshop @ Discovery Playhouse- 8am-10am; Cost is $11 per
scout and you may register for the event at:
http://www.scoutingevent.com/312-GermsAliveDiscovery2021

 

River Trails District Venturing

Dear Crew Adviser,

Did you know that the Greater St. Louis Area Councils runs one of the few Venturing Summer Camp programs in the country? This regionally-renown program happens at Swift High Adventure Base (aka “Swift”). Swift is located in Knob Lick, Missouri at S-F Scout Ranch on the 270-acre Nim’s Lake. This truly unique camp brings venturers from all over the Midwest to enjoy the program put on by the great staff.

In 2020, we have two weeks to choose from for your crew. The first is June 14-20, and the second is July 12-18. Learn more here.

Want to see the fun up close? Click on this link below to view a short video that highlights the activities at Swift – https://youtu.be/0aGrD29hf6U

If I can answer any questions or share more information, please do not hesitate to ask. I hope your crew is planning on attending summer camp next year, and we would love for the choice of your youth to be Swift High Adventure Base.

VENTURING IN THE RIVER TRAILS DISTRICT

Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women ages 14 through 20, or 13 years old and have completed the eighth grade.
Venturing’s purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.
Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.
Venturing crews can specialize in a variety of avocation or hobby interests.

ETHICS IN ACTION
An important goal of Venturing is to help young adults be responsible and caring persons, both now and in the future. Venturing uses “ethical controversies” to help young adults develop the ability to make responsible choices that reflect their concern for what is a risk and how it will affect others involved. Because an ethical controversy is a problem-solving situation, leaders expect young adults to employ empathy, invention, and selection when they think through their position and work toward a solution.

CONTACT:
If you are interested in joining an existing Venturing crew or you would like to know how to start your own crew, contact

Joseph Blasko

816-225-6201

Email

River Trails District Past Recipients of the Key Three Award

2000

  • David Crump
  • Renee Grobe
  • Frank Huighe*
  • Lorraine Huighe*

2001

  • George Garver*
  • John Glick
  • Gary Hartmann
  • Jean Stephens

2002

  • Joseph Corio
  • Julia Nicholas
  • Tricia Saputo
  • Larry Yates

2003

  • David Westhoff
  • Doris Garver
  • Thomas Dunn
  • Marty Portell

2004

  • Bill Alexander
  • David Kennedy
  • Robert Larson
  • Bill Polley

2005

  • Susan Alexander
  • Rhonda Burger
  • Angie Sutton
  • Jared White

2006

  • Ollie Tilghman
  • Scott Battles
  • Missy Rudolph
  • Tom Furrer

2007

  • Jerry Smith
  • Rich Meyers
  • Gene Terry*
  • Brenda Linville

2008

  • Dean Garner*
  • Mike Spink
  • Steve Herberts
  • Christy Hufford

2009

  • Cheryl Ecker
  • John Costello
  • Fr. Ed Nemeth
  • Ray Schmidt

2010

  • Patricia Griffy
  • Dana Blumm
  • Mike Canepari
  • Thomas Woodland

2011

  • Joe Gentile
  • Larry Michaels
  • Barb Machalek
  • Kim Rowden

2012

  • Stephen Henson
  • Jennifer Laiben
  • Mike Mouser
  • Rev. Mart Thompson

2013

  • Suan Hartmann
  • Randy Hetz
  • Fred Kohut
  • Lou Slinkard

2014

  • Jason Alden
  • Patrick Howe
  • Tim Rowden
  • Tammy Valencia

2015

  • Fred Helferstay
  • Sandy Helferstay
  • Paul Laiben
  • Keith Mueller

2016

  • Rick Bopp
  • Jim Chellew
  • Bob Francis
  • George Kunkel

2017

  • Meghan Hurst
  • Julie King
  • Kevin Kohne
  • Jim Palmer

2018

  • Donna Guiffrida
  • Felecia Haynes
  • Wally Lionberger
  • Bob Sandmeier

2019

  • Don Eplin
  • Kim Eplin
  • Melissa Trost

 * Deceased

River Trails District Past Recipients of the Award of Merit

1970

  • Ed Clauson, Sr.
  • Ervin R. Falcetto*
  • Robert Franken
  • Darrell Girardier
  • Joseph M.  Murphy

1971

  • R. Dean Garner*
  • John Sansoucie*
  • Gene D. Terry*
  • John Tucker
  • Elvin J. Wideman

1972

  • Bruce C. Clark*
  • Homer Haefner
  • Frank Huighe*
  • Lorraine Huighe*
  • William Rutledge*

1973

  • Jim Sponik*
  • Frank Steininger
  • George Wadew
  • Jerry Womble*
  • Rich Wynn

1974

  • Paul Darron*
  • Ed Hase*
  • Elmer L. Jones
  • Henry May*
  • Jerry Watson, Sr.

1975

  • Francis Braun
  • Elmer H. Held, Sr.*
  • Kurt L. Koenig*
  • Mary Patrick
  • James Rhoden

1976

  • Gene Blase
  • Bob Davis, Sr.
  • Bill Finley
  • Ted Vessell
  • Gerald Vogelsang

1977

  • Paul Backer*
  • Milton Cook
  • George Garver*
  • Joyce Vessell
  • Bob western*

1978

  • Charles A. Davis
  • Doris Garver
  • Dorothy May*
  • Charles Schremp
  • Jerry E. Shelby

1979

  • Marvin Alexander
  • Ruth Houser
  • Fred B. Lang*
  • Walter Marquart*
  • James Waters*

1980

  • Mae Blase*
  • C. Robert Edwards*
  • John Fields
  • Joseph Miller
  • Lewis Samm Tidd*

1981

  • Edward Brosch*
  • Larry Deaton
  • Bonnie Gates
  • S. Jerry Howe*

1982

  • Stephen A. Douglas*
  • Robert Tevlin, Jr.
  • Robert Trenholm
  • Sharon Wade
  • William Zavadil

1983

  • Mary Bequette
  • James Clark*
  • Robert Dearduff
  • Vonnie L. Goodwin*
  • John Gibson*

1984

  • Frank Bischoff*
  • Gerald Gearhart*
  • Robert Oberle
  • Janice Zavadil

1985

  • John Glick
  • Warren Hageman*
  • Bob Tevlin, Sr.*
  • Doris Weseman*

1986

  • Sheryl Bartch
  • Lanny Charleville
  • Leonard Endicott
  • Jane Gartner

1987

  • Charles Jones
  • Louis Slinkard
  • David Stringer, Sr.
  • William Weiss

1988

  • Reginald Flecke, Sr.*
  • Joan Morvack
  • Janice Sides
  • David Tannehill

1989

  • Donald Barker
  • Randy Habel, Sr.
  • Marie Prives
  • G.A. Schaefer*

1990

  • Gerald Alt*
  • Richard Clouser*
  • James Glick*
  • Mary Sue Schaefer

1991

  • Margaret Habel
  • Martin Prtell
  • Pamela Steinkamp
  • Joe Wisdom

1992

  • J. Mike Callahan
  • Bobby Griffy
  • Michael Pleimann, Sr.
  • Joan Smith

1993

  • Randall Hetz
  • Cheri Riggle
  • Gary Stephens*
  • Michael Whitener

1994

  • Gary Bartch
  • Jerry Smith
  • Jean Stephens
  • Jerry Tubbs

1995

  • Gene Nequette
  • George Brand
  • David Crump
  • Virginia Stringer*

1996

  • Sue Denney*
  • Debra Dierkes
  • Michael Rose
  • Sherrill Strayhorn

1997

  • John Costello
  • S. Russ Hoefgen
  • Barbara Ungerer

1998

  • Londa Crump*
  • Tom Doyle*
  • Leonard Hodges
  • Elaine Kock*

1999

  • Charles Crull
  • Douglas Inman
  • Raymond Rider
  • David Westoff

2000

  • Cheryl Ecker
  • Elmer Held Jr.
  • David Kennedy
  • Larry Yates

2001

  • Shelby Callahan
  • Carl Rice
  • David Rohlfing
  • Kay Strayhorn

2002

  • Roy Brooks
  • James Chellew
  • James Ecker
  • John Stephens

2003

  • Greg Ferguson
  • Nick Michales
  • Julia Nicholas
  • William R. Polley

2004

  • Rhonda Burger
  • Robert Sandmeier
  • Michael Spink
  • Linda Whitener

2005

  • Ed Biermann
  • Steve Herberts
  • Ken Pennington
  • Tricia Saputo

2006

  • Rick Bopp
  • Kathy Bryant
  • Mike Canepari
  • Kathy Lomax

2007

  • Scott Battles
  • Judy Hayes
  • Kevin Kohne
  • Mike Mouser

2008

  • Mark Akins
  • Dale Bruning
  • Daniel Davis
  • Robert Stephen

2009

  • Christopher Dvis
  • Theresa A. Roe

2010

  • Christy Hufford
  • Tom Furrer
  • Bob Larson
  • Rich Myers

2011

  • Patricia Griffy
  • Gary Hartman
  • Susan Hartmann
  • Bill Ryan

2012

  • Fred Kohut
  • Barb Machalek
  • Jennifer Laiben
  • Kim Rowden

2013

  • Brad Bryant
  • Stephen M. Henson
  • Keith Mueller
  • Rev. Mart Thompson

2014

  • Dr. Bob Borman
  • Mark Ferrell
  • Paul Laiben
  • Larry Michaels

2015

  • Carlois D. Arriaga
  • Gergory Mercer
  • Bill Newburger
  • Tim Rowden

2016

  • Steve Fling
  • Patrick Howe
  • Julie King
  • James L. Sanders

2017

  • Richard Harper
  • Steve Meinburg
  • Matthew Nollman
  • Jim Palmer

2018

  • Joseph Hook
  • Donna Guifffrida
  • Tammy Valencia
  • John Machalek

2019

  • Reggie Flecke
  • Kenny Wolff
  • Betty Bopp

From Other Councils or Districts

  • Linda Bequette
  • Joe Gentile
  • Fred Helferstay
  • Sandy Helferstay
  • George Kunkel
  • Donald Sudholt
  • Ollie Tiighman
  • Michelle Vickery
  • Mike Vickery

 * Deceased

Our Events

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River Trails Fall Recruitment Campaign

September 9th, 2021

  • Festus
  • De Soto
  • Grandview
  • Hillsboro

September 14th, 2021

  • Windsor

September 16th, 2021

  • Jefferson R-7
  • Northwest

September 23rd, 2021

  • Fox C-6

*These dates subject to change*

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The River Trails District serves approximately 3,000 youth in Jefferson County, thanks to the efforts of over 1,000 volunteers.

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Apex Program returns to the S-F Scout Ranch in 2022!

What was formerly known as the "Older Scout" program was revamped and re-energized in 2021. Scouts choose from exciting activities taking place all over the S-F Scout Ranch. (Rock Climbing, Cowboy Action Shooting, Action Archery, Water Sports, Huck's Cove Water Park, and more!) Learn more about all our Scouts BSA summer camp offerings at stlbsa.org/camps/scouts-bsa-venturing-summer-camp/!
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Apex Program returns to the S-F Scout Ranch in 2022!       
              
What was formerly known as the Older Scout program was revamped and re-energized in 2021. Scouts choose from exciting activities taking place all over the S-F Scout Ranch. (Rock Climbing, Cowboy Action Shooting, Action Archery, Water Sports, Hucks Cove Water Park, and more!) Learn more about all our Scouts BSA summer camp offerings at https://stlbsa.org/camps/scouts-bsa-venturing-summer-camp/!
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If you couldn’t give your time or money for Giving Tuesday, you can still give back in a big way by donating space on your social feed. A simple post can be a powerful thing. Starting a conversation about the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America can create the awareness needed to unlock more connections and find new volunteers, board members, and donors.
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If you couldn’t give your time or money for Giving Tuesday, you can still give back in a big way by donating space on your social feed. A simple post can be a powerful thing. Starting a conversation about the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America can create the awareness needed to unlock more connections and find new volunteers, board members, and donors.
#ScoutsStandOut

💥Sponsor Spotlight💥

Thank you to Wood River Refinery for being a 2021 Merit Badge Sponsor for the Energy Merit Badge!
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Thank you to Wood River Refinery for being a 2021 Merit Badge Sponsor for the Energy Merit Badge!
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We will have a pickup tonight at our Roundtable Meeting tonight at 7pm located at Windsor Intermediate.Tomorrow is the day! Kicking off this 2 week event to give back this holiday.

Remember that you can collect and get it to us on Dec 11th at the Arnold Rec Center between 9am and 11am. #scoutingforher

Also, check the map if you'd like to drop off early. Hover over the QR code to direct you to it.
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We will have a pickup tonight at our Roundtable Meeting tonight at 7pm located at Windsor Intermediate.

‼️Indoor Camping Policy Update‼️

Cabin camping is approved for Scouting Units! View the updated policies at stlbsa.org/covid-operational-guidance/.

Units can begin reserving cabins at 9 am on Monday, December 6th, and may reserve one cabin at that time. Reserve additional cabins after December 15th. Head over to stlbsa.org/properties/all-properties/ to see our cabin offerings and make your reservation. #ScoutsStandOut
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‼️Indoor Camping Policy Update‼️

Cabin camping is approved for Scouting Units! View the updated policies at https://stlbsa.org/covid-operational-guidance/.    
    
Units can begin reserving cabins at 9 am on Monday, December 6th, and may reserve one cabin at that time. Reserve additional cabins after December 15th. Head over to https://stlbsa.org/properties/all-properties/ to see our cabin offerings and make your reservation. #ScoutsStandOut
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