Summer of Service
Join 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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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.
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
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. 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.
Scouts 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.
Eagle Trail Workshop
2021 Eagle Trail Workshops
Jump start your journey along the trail to Eagle with these workshops! The workshop is a unique experience where Scouts work with counselors on three Eagle required badges and the Life-to-Eagle process for a full week, Monday through Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
2021 Workshop Dates
August 2nd - 5th | Beaumont Scout Reservation | Register Here
December 27th - 29th | Virtual Program | Registration Link Coming Soon
Challenge Course and Climbing
Our council has three Challenge Courses, one each at Camp Joy, 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.
Learn More by clicking here.
Pioneering refers to the knowledge of ropes, knots, and splices along with the ability to build rustic structures by lashing together poles and spars. It was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911 making it one of the oldest Scouting skills.
The Pioneering Kit contains everything a Troop needs to make basic structures all the way up to bridges and towers.
For more information on the Pioneering Kit email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in becoming a merit badge counselor or taking your unit youth on a shooting outing? Get trained to meet National and Council guidelines. These formal NRA courses are available to Scouters at reduced prices.
Learn More by clicking here.
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-drawn hayride or horse camp! View the brochure.
To reserve a spot, visit our online portal: Online Reservations
HORSEMANSHIP MERIT BADGE SKILL CENTER
The Horsemanship Merit Badge Skill Center provides Scouts with knowledge of how to care, groom and ride a horse. In addition to learning how to safely ride and care for horses, Scouts who earn this merit badge will gain an understanding of horse’s instincts and behaviors, as well as humane and effective methods for training horses. The skill center begins with a Zoom orientation session and then is held in Nagel to work on horsemanship and riding skills.
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: Tuesday, Mar. 16 | 7 - 9pm
Session 1: Thursday, Mar. 18 | 5:30 - 9pm
Session 2: Tuesday, Mar. 23 | 5:30 - 9pm
Session 3: Thursday, Mar. 25 | 5:30 - 9pm
HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS
Enjoy a unique experience at Beaumont Scout Reservation with private riding lessons. Learn everything about horse from behavior/anatomy, approaching horses, tack, riding lessons, and much more! Lessons will done on Wednesday night at Nagle Base and each lesson will last an hour and a half. Lesson are to be schedule with Wrangler Jordan Mutert two weeks in advance. You can purchase one riding lesson or up to a 16 pack. You must use your lessons within a year of purchase. Youth should be 8 years and older to attend a riding lesson. There is a weight limit of 230 lbs to ride on our horses.
Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers can hit the trail, beginning and ending at Nagel Base. Approximately 10 horses are available for each 1 and 1/12 hour ride and each horse can handle all levels of riding experience — beginner through advanced.September through October 31, December 1 through May 15th. Saturday and/or Sunday.$20 per person.
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 10 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.
$50 per wagon
Hayrides are not offered on Saturday nights during heavy camporee weekends.
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. Must pass a riding test to make sure everyone is at an advanced level.
The camp takes place the 1st week of August and you can learn more HERE.
The riding test must be taken by July 18th before signing up and arranged with Wrangler Jordan Mutert.
Maximum number of participants is 20. The Greater St. Louis Area Council Trail Guide Committee provides adult leadership for Horse Camp.
Things to Know
Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance at a Greater St. Louis Area Council office or online by clicking here.
A minimum of five and a maximum of 10 horses can be reserved for trail rides. A maximum of 20 people are allowed on a hayride wagon.
Who can use the horsemanship programs? Any registered member of the Boy Scouts of America and their respective adult leaders may use the programs.
- Hayrides: Tigers, Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers as well as leaders and parents
- Six-Hour Trail Rides & Overnight Trail Ride: Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers 11 years old and up at the time of the ride
- Horse Camp: Boy Scouts and Venturers and who are age 14 by the start of camp
Dress according to the weather. When riding it is best to wear long pants and boots or hard soled shoes (no tennis shoes please). If the weather looks like the possibility of rain bring rain gear. For cold weather rides; dress warm in layers, wear gloves and ear protection (riding helmet must still be able to fit properly over stocking cap). The trail guide or camp ranger will not permit any Scout or leader to ride if the rider is ill-prepared or dressed inappropriately.
Horses & Equipment
Only horses and equipment owned by the Greater St. Louis Area Council are used on trail rides, hayrides, and any other horse-related programs and activities.
Every trail ride has a trail guide from the council’s Trail Guide Committee to lead the ride. Units going on a trail ride or hayride are required to have the necessary adult leadership for the ride: two adults minimum on the trail ride; two adults minimum on each wagon.
Picnic Areas / Recreation Hall
Just off the parking lot at Nagel Base are two picnic areas for your unit to use before or after your hayride. Picnic areas are on a first-come, first-served basis, but are big enough to handle more than one unit.
If your unit prefers to stay inside you can reserve the Nagel Recreation Hall. The Rec Hall has kitchen facilities, fireplace, tables and chairs, and a furnace for those cool nights. The Nagel Rec Hall is a great place to hold a pack meeting, troop court of honor, or a Venturing crew/Explorer post activity.
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.
Cancellations and Refunds Policy
Refunds will be given when the trail guide and/or ranger cancels the ride due to weather or poor conditions. All requests for refund by the unit must be made in writing to the Camping Department four weeks prior to the date of the scheduled ride.
Getting to Nagel Base
Once inside Beaumont, follow the main road where it ends at Nagel Base. Along the way, you will pass Cub World, Emerson Center, Camp May pool, and several camporee fields. The road winds around for approximately 2.5 miles from the Beaumont entrance to the Nagel Base gate.
Units should arrive at Nagel Base at least 30 minutes before the scheduled trail ride time or hayride. Morning trail riders saddle the horses, afternoon riders unsaddle the horses. All riders wear an equestrian helmet provided by the Greater St. Louis Area Council while on the trail ride.
2021 National Jamboree
July 21 – 30, 2021
Summit Bechtel Reserve
Glen Jean, West Virginia
Face the Challenge! While two years sounds like a long time, the 2021 National Jamboree will be here soon! Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. Join 40,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia to experience everything from one of the longest zip lines in North America, a world-class skate park, all-terrain vehicles, treetop canopy tours, rock climbing, patch trading, stadium shows, and much more! Held every four years, the Jamboree is an amazing opportunity for everyone to experience the best of Scouting, all in one place.
INTERESTED? SIGN UP FOR MORE INFORMATION ONLINE @ https://scoutingevent.com/312-28838
High Adventure Bases
Huskey Trailways is the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s preferred
Interested in taking your unit on a high adventure outing but not sure where to start? Join the High Adventure Committee for a Back Country Leadership Skills Training.
This course covers topics such as trip planning and training, equipment needs, trail hygiene, food and nutrition, trek safety, wilderness navigation and water purification/treatment.
May 1-3, 2020 – Register
High adventure is active outdoor adventure requiring higher outdoor skills, beyond basic Scouting skills, that are risk appropriate for age and training level of eligible Scouts (14 years old or 13 years old and have 8th grade), Venturers, and adult leaders/advisors.
PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH – PHILMONTSCOUTRANCH.ORG
Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s largest national High Adventure Base. Located in Cimarron, N.M., Philmont Scout Ranch challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.
Interested in going to Philmont in 2021? Register now for the lottery to be part of a GSLAC’s contingent! Council contingents participate in 12-day treks and have transportation organized by the council through a local bus service. Spots are limited, so be sure to register for the lottery by March 15, 2020. A drawing will be held shortly thereafter and units will be notified of their placement via email. You can register for the lottery at https://scoutingevent.com/312-34010.
THE SUMMIT BECHTEL RESERVE – SUMMITBSA.ORG
The Summit Bechtel Reserve, is a 15,000-acre property in southern West Virginia that is home to the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base and new permanent home of the National Scout Jamboree. The 2013 National Scout Jamboree was the grand opening of the Summit and 2014 marks the first time high adventure programming will be available to Scouts and Venturers.
FLORIDA SEA BASE – BSASEABASE.ORG
The Florida National High Adventure Sea Base is a unique Scouting program that offers aquatics programs found nowhere else. Whether your interests lie in sailing, scuba diving, rustic camping on an undeveloped barrier island, fishing or a combination of all, this is the place for your troop or crew.
NORTHERN TIER HIGH ADVENTURE PROGRAM – NTIER.ORG
Northern Tier is the Boy Scouts of America’s gateway to adventure in the Great Northwoods. In the Summer, scouts from Northern Tier’s three wilderness canoe bases explore millions of acres of pristine lakes, meandering rivers, dense forests and wetlands in Northern Minnesota, Northwest Ontario and Northeast Manitoba. In the winter, Northern Tier is home to the OKPIK Cold-Weather Camping program, the BSA’s premier winter high adventure program. Fall programming is also available.
What is STEM University?
STEM University is a full day event for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturers focused on earning STEM-based advancements and NOVA awards. Scouts will get to visit a University, work with STEM experts, and participate in fun, hands-on educational activities. See below for locations and dates.
**2022 Event 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!
Thank you to our 2021 Sponsor:
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!
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.
Spring 2022 Event Date to be announced soon!
Outdoor Movie Nights
Join us for a family-fun movie night under the stars!
Join 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!
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.
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!
***Check back! Fall 2021 locations to be announced soon!***