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For over 50 years, S bar F Ranch has been providing the ultimate in Scouting experiences. One of the foremost Boy Scout facilities in America, the ranch features 5,200 wooded acres that includes Nim’s Lake, a 270 acre swimming, boating and fishing facility at the heart of the property. Scenic Little St. Francis River runs throughout the entire property.

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S bar F Scout Ranch
Highway 67
Knob Lick, MO 63651
(South of Farmington and North of Fredericktown on Hwy 67)

Ranger Station Phone: 573-756-5738
Rangers: Rich Panosh (Lead Ranger) and Matt Unterreiner


Camps

Camp Famous Eagle (Map | Register)
Camp Gamble (Map | Register)
Camp Sakima (Map)
Swift Explorer Base (Map | Register)

  • Regular Youth Fee: $320
  • Early Bird Fee (if paid in full by April 8, 2020): $300
  • Youth Fee after May 31: $335
  • Adult Fee: $100

For more than 50 years, S bar F Scout Ranch has been providing the ultimate in Scouting experiences. One of the premier Scouting facilities in America, S bar F features 5,200 wooded acres in Knob Lick, Mo. The highlight of the property is its 270-acre Nims Lake where Scouts enjoy endless water activities and Huck’s Cove water park featuring two water slides, a zip line, and rope swings.

In 2015 a 16,000 square-foot dining hall was built at Camp Famous Eagle. Swift High Adventure Base, the Venturing and older Scout program, also has a dining hall. Camp Gamble remains a patrol-method cooking camp.

In 2014, The Eagle Range was added to the property at S bar F. Generously funded by the Eagle Scout Association and NRA, the Eagle Range is a combination trap and skeet shooting facility. It contains five shooting stations at the trap field and eight shooting stations at the skeet field.

Year-Round Camping

Year-round camping is available to troops, crews, and posts. In addition to the lodging options below, a camporee area and outpost trail camps are also available along Three Notch Trail. Use of these units is free. Camporee areas are equipped with water pumps and outdoor pit toilet facilities.

Three Notch Trail Map

Dining Halls
S bar F has two dining halls on property. A brand new 16,000 square-foot dining facility was built at Famous Eagle in 2015. The building features seating for up to 300 people, commercial kitchen equipment, audio visual capabilities, and indoor toilets.

Swift High Adventure Base also has a dining hall.

Cabins
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic overnight indoor accommodations are not available to units but are available to families (members of the same household).

Scout Lodge and Wenzel Lodge offer bunk beds. Each cabin sleeps a total of 34. Both have a refrigerator, stove, and dry sink and are heated by a woodstove. Water pumps and pit toilet facilities are located near each lodge. Scouting units must provide their own firewood and cooking gear.

Londe Adirondack Village
Here, Scouts can discover the world of adirondack camping. These unique shelters have three sides and use a fireplace placed near the opening for warmth. The village includes five adirondack shelters, a pavilion, and latrine facilities.

Swift Lodge (available August-May)
The Swift Base lodge is heated and has bunk arrangements for 35. A wood-burning fireplace, indoor water, full kitchen, showers, and bathrooms with flush toilet facilities are all included. Scouting units provide their own cooking gear and firewood.

Tree Houses
The Tree Houses at S bar F are the perfect spot for your unit to overlook beautiful Nims Lake. Five tree houses are available for use. Four of the houses contain eight bunks each. The fifth house, usually reserved for adult campers, is equipped with electricity and features six bunks. Total capacity for all five tree houses is 38. An outdoor fire pit, grill, water pump, and pit toilet facilities are available. Scouting units provide their own cooking gear and firewood.

Tipis
Five authentic tipis are available to units whose leaders have participated in the proper instruction. Scouts get to put their skills to the test erecting and camping in these Native American structures.

Webelos Camping

S bar F offers a Webelos pavilion and camping area for year-round use. This area is equipped with water pumps and outdoor pit toilet facilities.

Webelos dens are welcome to use the cabins or Londe Adirondack Village from April through September.

Programs

Three Notch Trail
This 21-mile trail consists of two circular loops and a cutoff all completely within the boundaries of The Ranch. Units can choose to hike one or both loops. Upon completing the hike, Scouts may obtain a patch Scouts to celebrate their achievement.

Three Notch is a great backpacking trail and the perfect training warm-up for Philmont. This trail is rated for Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers. It is not recommended for Cub Scouts or Webelos. NOTE: During high-water conditions on the Little St. Francois River, sections of this trail are not accessible. Trail maps are available at any council service center.

Rock Climbing and Rappelling
Experience the thrill of high adventure on the cliffs of Freedom, Ranger Falls, Collarbone, or Baby Snake. Scouts learn the ups and downs of safe rock climbing and rappelling while building new levels of confidence and overcoming uneasiness of heights. Campsites are available cliff-top along the Little St. Francis River or near Castle Rock.

Scouting units must provide their own trained rock-climbing instructors. Climbing equipment is available for a fee.

Shooting Sports
The Eagle Range provides units with trap & skeet shooting facilities. Archery and rifle ranges are also available on the property.

Challenge Course
This outstanding high- and low-challenge course is available year-round for troops, crews, and posts with trained leadership. It involves a series of outdoor tasks—beginning with basic group initiative games and progressing to more advanced low-course and high-course activities. Participants climb, swing, balance, jump, and think their way through a variety of physical challenges. These events put teamwork, as well as individual skills and agility, to the test.

Camping facilities are available at the course site.

Canoes
Canoes are available from April through October for troops, crews, and posts. Every participant must be a swimmer and wear a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times. Thirty canoes are available. If fishing, all participants 16-64 years of age must possess a valid Missouri State Fishing License.

Fishing
Whether Scouts are casting from the shore or trolling from a boat, Nims Lake offers miles of excellent fishing right in the heart of S bar F Ranch. Units are welcome to use their own boats.

See boating and fishing rules below.

S bar F Scout Ranch Nims Lake Boating and Fishing Regulations:

  • Safety Afloat Guidelines are required for all boating activities.
  • Reservations must be made at the council service center.
  • Nims Lake was built for the Scouts. While fishing, each leader must be accompanied by at least one Scout. Every person in any watercraft (maximum 3) must be a swimmer and wear a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times. NOTE: A current Missouri state fishing license is required for all persons between the ages of 16 and 64.
  • Fishing with live minnows is not permitted.
  • Electric trolling motors only—gasoline engines are not permitted on the lake.
  • All participants must check in with the rangers and present a camp use permit.
  • Fishing is a unit activity—not individual. Buddy boats are required—see Safety Afloat Guidelines.
  • All other camp rules are in effect. Violators will be asked to leave the property.

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When we work together, we achieve more! 💪 Join us in our 2020 Scouting For Food Drive to support those who need it most.

For virtual donations, Text "SCOUTFOOD" to 91999 to donate today!

To find your closest collection site visit stlbsa.org/scouting-for-food/

All monetary donations will be given to St. Louis Area Foodbank, Operation Food Search, SEMO Foodbank, Operation Food Search, and the Central Illinois Foodbank.

Huge Thanks to our Partners for making this possible! Sunset Transportation Operation Food Search St. Louis Area Foodbank SEMO Food Bank Central Illinois Foodbank Lion's Choice
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¡Cuando trabajamos juntos, logramos más! 💪 Únete a nosotros en nuestra Campaña Scouting for Food 2020 para apoyar a quienes más lo necesitan.

Para donaciones virtuales, envíe un mensaje de texto con la palabra "SCOUTFOOD" al 91999 para donar hoy.

Para encontrar su sitio de recolección más cercano, visite stlbsa.org/scouting-for-food/

Todas las donaciones monetarias se entregarán al banco de alimentos del área de St. Louis, a Operation Food Search, al SEMO Foodbank, a Operation Food Search y al Central Illinois Foodbank.
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When we work together, we achieve more! 💪 Join us in our 2020 Scouting For Food Drive to support those who need it most. 

For virtual donations, Text SCOUTFOOD to 91999 to donate today! 

To find your closest collection site visit https://stlbsa.org/scouting-for-food/ 

 All monetary donations will be given to St. Louis Area Foodbank,  Operation Food Search, SEMO Foodbank, Operation Food Search, and the Central Illinois Foodbank. 

Huge Thanks to our Partners for making this possible! Sunset Transportation Operation Food Search St. Louis Area Foodbank SEMO Food Bank Central Illinois Foodbank Lions Choice
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¡Cuando trabajamos juntos, logramos más! 💪 Únete a nosotros en nuestra Campaña Scouting for Food 2020 para apoyar a quienes más lo necesitan.

Para donaciones virtuales, envíe un mensaje de texto con la palabra SCOUTFOOD al 91999 para donar hoy.

Para encontrar su sitio de recolección más cercano, visite https://stlbsa.org/scouting-for-food/

Todas las donaciones monetarias se entregarán al banco de alimentos del área de St. Louis, a Operation Food Search, al SEMO Foodbank, a Operation Food Search y al Central Illinois Foodbank.

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Small businesses are the heart of our communities; thats why we need to support them now more than ever! Remember that SUPPORT doesnt have to cost a penny💰 Here are some ways you can spread the love during this #SmallBusinessSaturday: 

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Let's spread our love for small businesses this holiday season!☃️

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This Thanksgiving, we want to give thanks to everyone who supports The Greater St. Louis Area Council. To all our members, volunteers, staff, parents, sponsors, donors, and partners. THANK YOU and Happy Thanksgiving!✨ 
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ste Día de Acción de Gracias, queremos agradecer a todos los que apoyan al Consejo del Área del Gran St. Louis. A todos nuestros miembros, voluntarios, personal, padres, patrocinadores, donantes y socios. ¡GRACIAS y Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias! ✨

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On Thanksgiving, given the link to turkeys, one of my favorite memories goes back to the year that S-F opened. Our troop, Troup 49 from U City always went to summer camp, the first week, starting on Father's day. On that year that the ranch opened, it was no different, the only difference being that on our campsite, Joliet at Camp Sakima, we were hosting a new troop made up of kids from the intercity, kids who had never been west of Forest Park. Their scoutmaster was however an American Indian, Cal Hewett. Well the second morning there, some of the kids came running up, all excited and yelling to their leader, "Mr Hewett, we heard a noise outside the back of our tent, and when we looked outside, we saw the biggest chicken you ever did see!" 😄😄😄

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL.

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