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Joe Sadewasser Named 11th Scout Executive/CEO - January 14th, 2021

With the previously announced retirement of Ron Green as Scout Executive on March 1, 2021, we are pleased to announce that after a lengthy, nationwide search and vigorous interview process, Joe Sadewasser has been chosen as the 11thScout Executive in the 110 year history of the Greater St. Louis Area Council effective February 1, 2021.

Joe began his professional Scouting career as a District Executive in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2007. He was promoted to Senior District Executive and then Field Director. During his time in Cedar Rapids, he served as interim Scout Executive on 2 separate occasions. He came to the Greater St. Louis Area Council as Director of Support Services on October 1, 2013. He was promoted to Director of Field Service in 2015 and Deputy Scout Executive/Chief Operating Officer in February of 2020.

Joe is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow, and served as the Order of the Arrow’s Central Region Chief.

Joe is a strategic leader and thinker with a strong work ethic, outstanding character, and values consistent with the Scout Oath and Law. He has a wide range of leadership experience and has been instrumental in the success of the Greater St. Louis Area Council over the past 7 years.

As you may know, Joe and his wife Katie have 4 children: Adalissa, Maxton (Wolf Scout), Eliden (Lion Scout), and Brecklor.

Please join us in congratulating Joe on his selection as our new Scout Executive.


Scouter Lou Heyman Receives 85 Year Veteran Award - January 8th, 2021

Lou Heyman has received his 85-year veteran award with the Boy Scouts of America. Lou earned his Eagle back in Troop 21 in 1943.

A past president of Eagle Scout Association, he has received the Silver Beaver, Vigil Award, District Award of Merit and the Jack J. Sophir Lifetime Achievement Award. At the district level, he has served as Camping Chair, Scouting for Food Chair, Friends of Scouting Chair, District Vice Chair and has served almost 40 years on the District Eagle Board.

An Army veteran and proud father and grandfather of three eagle scouts, as a two-time Scoutmaster, he has had 2 Eagle Scouts recognized with the National Distinguished Eagle scout award.

ScoutFest 21 Postponed - January 8th, 2021

It is with sadness that we announce the postponement of ScoutFest 21, which had been scheduled for October 1‐3, 2021. No date for ScoutFest in the future is being set at this time. An announcement will be made when practical.

ScoutFest 2020, and then ScoutFest 21, were planned to be weekend events with upwards of 20,000 people in Forest Park. Highlights were to include seven program festivals on Saturday with hundreds of different events, exhibitors, and vendors. A Saturday evening show was planned for Art Hill featuring a variety of professional entertainers. The continued uncertainty of a return to normal post COVID‐19 made the likelihood of securing professional entertainment, outside vendors, logistical support, participation, and enough volunteer staffing unrealistic.

As we all look forward to a time in 2021 when we can hopefully begin a return to normal, the Greater St. Louis Area Council will focus our efforts on recruiting new and returning Scouts as membership losses have been significant. A smaller council‐wide event will be planned for the fall of 2021. Details will be released as they are available. Our hope is to conduct an event where all Scouts, leaders and parents can feel safe with participation.


Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for Scout Units - November 24th, 2020

The health and safety of our members, leaders, and parents continues to be our highest priority. The following is continued guidance on meeting safely during the COVID-19 pandemic for the use of units and those planning council and district events.

The safest method for meeting is virtual and this is strongly encouraged. If, however, you plan to meet face to face, the policies below are in effect.

All local and state governments, both where the unit is chartered and where the meeting or activity is to take place must clearly permit the activity in terms of gathering size, location, and ability to maintain proper social distancing. All of those and the Federal CDC guidelines must be followed for all phases of the meeting or activity (such as feeding, housing/tents, activities, etc.). Masks are to be worn at all times.

Click here to see the full, updated guidelines. 


Beaumont Scout Reservation Partial Closures – Updated November 10th, 2020

Camp May and Cub World at the Beaumont Scout Reservation are closed through March 6, 2021. Phillips 66 currently has an easement for three buried  pipelines that run roughly parallel to the main camp road from the entrance past Emerson, Sverdrup Lodge, through Orrick camp site then up toward the challenge course access trail and eventually off of the property. They will be burying a fourth line during the time these sections of camp are closed.

There will be access to the camporee fields and the Nagel Base throughout the project. All those who will be driving at Beaumont should be aware that this work will take place Monday through Saturday each week. There will be times when equipment and trucks may briefly block the road. They will move off the road as quickly as possible. Please be patient while waiting and vigilant while driving. Keep your speed below the posted speed limit of 15 mph for the safety of all. The road has steel plates on it at the entrance gate and at the pond, and will likely sustain minor damage in other locations resulting in rough surfaces.

We apologize for this inconvenience. Phillips 66 has the right of eminent domain. The original project schedule was throughout much of 2021. They have graciously altered their project schedule, which allows us to operate our summer camps at Beaumont in 2021.

At the conclusion of the project Beaumont will be restored to its normal beauty and, at Phillips expense, have new parking lots at Cub World and Emerson, and a new main road from the reservation entrance to a point past Orrick campsite.

If you have questions please reach out to camping@stlbsa.org.

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