Beaumont Scout Reservation captures the allure of the great outdoors, conveniently located near metro St. Louis. Amidst 2,400 wooded acres and rolling hills lie miles of trails, picturesque camping, and unique activities—horseback riding, archery, and orienteering—awaiting discovery. Embrace nature’s enchantment within reach of city life, a realm of captivating possibilities.
Address: 6480 Beaumont Reservation Drive, High Ridge, MO 63049 (at Highway 44 and Beaumont/Antire Road)
Find your way with one of these maps (.pdf files)
Places to Stay
- 9 campsites at Camp May: Cox, Dearmont, Cooley, Taylor, McDonnell, Orrick, Sverdrup, Vollmar, Wohl
- 6 campsites at Cub World: Bobcat (includes a shelter), Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos 1 (includes a shelter), Webelos 2
- 2 outpost campsites (off the beaten path): Blackberry Hollow, Toad Hollow
- 14 Adirondacks: group 1 (4 Adirondacks), group 2 (5 Adirondacks), group 3 (5 Adirondacks)
- 7 cabins: Beckett, Cabin A, Cabin B, Jordan, Lantz, McBride, Third Baptist
- 3 lodges: Nagel Recreation Hall, Sverdrup Lodge, Wohl Lodge
- 10 shelters: 6 at Cub World (Cub World Pavilion and shelters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), 2 at Camp May (Lucas, Walz), 2 at the camporee fields (Lane, Shippey)
- 2 council rings (outdoor theaters): 1 at Camp May, 1 at Cub World
- Cub World Activity Building: Available for use on Saturday, Sunday, or Tuesday-Friday
- Emerson Center: dining hall, kitchen, theater, large meeting room, 3 classrooms (blue, red, green)
Things to Do
- 2 challenge courses*: standard course, low course
- Climbing tower*
- Cub World play area
- 7 hiking trails: Pioneer Trace (17.3 miles), Shawnee (20 miles), Tomahawk (12 miles) and 4 Shippey Color Trails -- Blue (9 miles), Green (4.4 miles), Red (5.2 miles), Yellow (2 miles)
- Horse / equine programs
- Mud Cave
- Orienteering kit
- Pioneering kit
- Rifle range
- Shotgun range
- Swimming pool
Visit Gateway Traders to find the perfect souvenir to remember your visit to Beaumont Scout Reservation, Camp May, Cub World, or Nagel.
- Represent Beaumont and Camp May with pride on shirts, hats, water bottles, and more.
- Support your favorite horse with personalized souvenirs.
- Show you're an experienced hiker with a patch for the Beaumont hiking trails!
Cabins & Lodges
Beaumont's 7 Cabins & 3 Lodges
Cabin A and Cabin B
These log structures near the Camp May Parade Field are our newest additions. They each house 20 in bunks and are joined by a breezeway. Each have a wood-burning fireplace, stove, refrigerator,, sink, indoor plumbing, and showers. Units provide their own firewood and cooking gear.
McBride Cabin, Jordan Cabin, Lantz Cabin, and Third Baptist Cabin
These four cabins have enough bunks to accommodate 20 people each. Each cabin contains a fireplace, woodstove, refrigerator, cookstove and dry sink. Water and latrines are outdoors. McBride and Jordan cabins are side-by-side should your unit need room for more than 20.
This cabin is right behind the Emerson Center and houses 14 people in bunks. The smallest cabin available, it is heated by a furnace. The cabin has indoor plumbing, refrigerator, cookstove and sink. It does not have a fireplace or woodstove.
This lodge is located next to the Emerson Center. It has a flushable toilet, a shower, and a full kitchen. This lodge sleeps 22.
Nagel Recreation Hall
Next to the horse barn, Nagel Rec. Hall is available for day-use (75 guests) or overnight-use (14 guests). The hall includes bunk beds, a refrigerator, cookstove, fireplace, and dry sink. Water and latrines are outdoors.
Perfect for unit activities, courts of honor, or classroom meeting space, this lodge can accommodate 75 people and includes A/C, heat, restroom, and kitchen. Available for day-use only.
Camp May, Cub World, Nagel & Camporee Fields
Beaumont is divided into 4 areas.
- Cub World
- Camp May
- Nagel Horse Programs
- Camporee fields
Camp May hosts summer camp each year at Beaumont, but its cabins and campsites are widely used by Scouts and the general public the rest of the year. Key attractions in this area include the Emerson Center, swimming pool, and firearm ranges.
Designed with Cub Scouts in mind, the area and amenities are open for use by all groups. Key attractions in this area include:
- Akela’s Council Ring: A small outdoor theater with seating that is perfect for an awards ceremony.
- Cub World Activity Building: This building has a large meeting room, bathrooms, and a kitchenette.
- Cub World pavilion and shelters
- 6 campsites: These campsites are connected and a close walk from the parking lot. An indoor shower facility with flushing toilets is accessible from all campsites.
- Fort Hussmann: This area provides kids the chance to dream about life in a frontier fort. The area contains a fort, fire ring, and picnic tables.
- Lost Beaumont Mine: Sand and tunnels abound in this unique play area near the scenic Antire Creek.
- Pirate Ship: Relive the days of the pirates. The ship contains cannons, a deck, and a lower level.
- Sports Field: A sports field is available to use softball, soccer, or any number of yard games.
- Play Area: Swing sets, rope climbing, boulder wall climbing, and playground equipment.
Nagel Horse Programs
Nagel is the home of the council’s popular horse programs. Cub Scouts can enjoy a picnic before boarding the wagons for horse-drawn hayrides and older youth in troops, crews and posts can schedule a horseback trail ride. Additionally, units can take advantage of 14 nearby Adirondack shelters for rent. Adirondacks are three-sided structures that each have four bunks. Units can also choose to tent camp in this area.
The Nagel Recreation Hall is available for rent to all units. Use it for unit activity or rent it out for the weekend. The hall includes 12 bunks, a refrigerator, cookstove, fireplace, and dry sink. Water and latrines are outdoors.
Lane, Shippey, Laemmli, and Nusser fields are wide-open areas with water and latrine facilities.
From September until May, several opportunities exist with the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s herd of horses. Come out and enjoy a trail ride, horse camp, or a tractor-drawn hayride!
To reserve a spot for tractor-drawn hayrides, visit our online portal: Online Reservations
Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Explorers can hit the trail, beginning and ending at Nagel Base located on Beaumont Scout Reservation. There is a 5-horse minimum and maximum of 12 horses. There must be two registered Unit Leaders per ride. Trail Rides are available for 1 and 1/2 hour, 3 hour, 6 hour and overnight trail rides. We have horses for your experience level.
1.5 Hour Ride - $30/person
3 Hour Ride - $40/person
6 Hour Ride - $55/person
Overnight Ride - $100/person
Trail Rides are available Saturday and/or Sunday during the months of September, October, and January - May.
For March, Trail Rides are only available on Sunday.
Overnight rides are only available during the months of April, May, September, and October.
All rides begin and end at Nagel Base Camp located at Beaumont Scout Reservation.
All rides are weather permitting (i.e. rain, snow, severe cold, extreme heat).
Again, a minimum of five and a maximum of 12 horses can be reserved for trail rides. There must be two registered Unit Leaders per ride.
Trail Ride Recommendations – All riders must be a minimum of Scouts BSA age 11 or older.
1 1/2 hour and 3 hour rides are for Scouts BSA/Venturers 11 and older.
6 hour and overnight rides are recommended for Scouts BSA/Venturers.
For safety reasons no one can ride who is over the maximum weight limit of 230 pounds. Weight will be checked at camp. Rangers and/or trail guides have the authority to restrict any person from taking part in a horse-related activity who may pose, in their opinion, a safety risk to themselves, others, or the horses.
Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance at a Greater St. Louis Area Council office or by clicking here.
HORSEMANSHIP MERIT BADGE SKILL CENTER
The Horsemanship merit badge skills center will provide Scouts with the knowledge of how to care for, groom, and ride a horse. In addition to the riding, Scouts who take this merit badge will gain an understanding of horse instincts and behaviors to better their horsemanship.
We are excited to offer a Horsemanship Merit Badge skill center this March! The skill center consists of an online orientation and 3 sessions of in-person instruction.
Orientation: March 7 via zoom meeting
Session 1: Saturday, Mar. 9
Session 2: Saturday, Mar. 16
Session 3: Saturday, Mar. 23
Registration Coming Soon!
Come down to Nagel for a tractor-drawn hayride! This is a great outdoor activity for Scouting units of all ages. There is one wagon available and each hayride wagon holds a maximum of 20 people. A minimum of two adults for the wagon is required. Hayrides can be reserved in one-hour blocks and come with the use of a picnic area.
- March 1 through May 15 & Sept. 1 through October 31
- Saturday: 5-6 p.m., 6-7 p.m., 7-8 p.m.
- Sunday: 5-6 p.m., 6-7 p.m., 7-8 p.m.
- $75 per wagon
Hayrides are not offered on Saturday nights during heavy camporee weekends.
A maximum of 20 people are allowed on a hayride wagon.
Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance at a Greater St. Louis Area Council office or online by clicking here.
HORSE CAMP July 23-29, 2023
Spend a week at an intermediate riding camp cantering around the property and learning more about horses. There are many trails to be ridden, competitions/games to be played on horseback in the riding ring, and other activities to further your horsemanship along with a chance to show off your advanced skills in a Cavalcade at the end of the week. Other activities while at Horse Camp are swimming, skeet shooting, climbing tower, ropes course, campfires, and much more.
All youth participants must be Venturing age, 13 and out of the eighth grade.
Registration is now open for this year’s Horse Camp.
Maximum number of participants is 24. The Greater St. Louis Area Council Trail Guide Committee provides adult leadership for Horse Camp.
You can sign up for Horse Camp here.
Custom Horse Programs
Are you planning a camporee, birthday party, Unit Court of Honor, wedding, or something else out at Beaumont and would you like to use the horses? Please call the Camping Department for availability and pricing.