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On Saturday, Nov. 14, thousands of Scouts will deliver more than 1 million blue Scouting for Food bags throughout the St. Louis metro area, southeast Missouri, and southern Illinois. They will return one week later on Nov. 21 to collect the bags full of donated canned goods.

By giving to Scouting For Food, residents are helping those in need right in their own community. With the help of Sunset Transportation, food donations in the St. Louis area are delivered to the St. Louis Area Foodbank for further distribution to over 500 hunger-relief programs and local agencies in the bi-state area. In southeast Missouri and southern Illinois, Scouts take donations directly to local food pantries.

When it comes to donations, canned fruits, vegetables, soups, tuna, chicken, and pasta sauce, and meals in a box, such as hamburger helper, are most needed. Last year, Scouting for Food gathered 1.9 million items of food which provided more than 1 million meals for the needy.

Residents who do not receive a bag can take canned food donations to any Goodwill store location Nov. 22-28.

Virtual Option:

  • Spread the word! To donate virtually, text “SCOUTFOOD” to 91999 – all monetary donations will be donated to the St. Louis Foodbank and Operation Food Search. A $1 donation = 4 meals!

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Scouting for Food Collection Sites


It takes a great deal of community support, planning, cooperation, dedication and volunteers to make Scouting for Food the largest single-day community food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. Started in 1985 by the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Scouting for Food has expanded to other councils across the country.

Man collecting foodMore than 30,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts annually help the needy as they collect approximately 2 million cans of food during the Scouting for Food drive. The Greater St. Louis Area Council has collected more than 55 million cans of food during the 34-year history of the drive.

Items collected serve approximately 500 pantries within the Greater St. Louis Area Council, which includes the St. Louis metropolitan area, southeastern Missouri, and southern Illinois.

Scouts in the St. Louis area take donations to fire stations where it is sorted and boxed. Sunset Transportation Inc. of Sunset Hills provides trucks, equipment and volunteer drivers. It also coordinates all logistics for the food collection, which involves transporting boxed food from more than 35 area fire stations to the St. Louis Area Foodbank & Operation Food Search. The Foodbank & Operation Food Search distributes the canned goods through a network of more than 700 area food pantries and organizations.

Food BagsWhat kind of food donations are needed? Read our suggestions on the "The Perfect Bag"

Fall Fun Rally

Fall Fun Rally

Fall Fun Rally includes non-stop activities for Venturers, Sea Scouts, Explorers, and Older Scouts (High School). It is a unique event for these unique times:

Sept. 26, 2020
Beaumont Scout Reservation
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Fall Fun Rally 2020 will be a much smaller, one day only event, holding many of your favorite events from previous years. Current plans (and subject to change) include Climbing, Shooting Sports, Slacklines, Archery, Historical Reenactment, and others.

Consistent with Saint Louis County guidelines, participants and advisors will be separated into groups meeting requirements and providing social distancing. All participants will have a chance to do any of the activities, which will be run with social distancing and sanitation in mind. Many of the activities will use procedures and practices that have been in use by the council for the Family Adventure programs held over the summer.

The Fall Fun Rally will have a limited capacity, currently planned at 120 participants and advisors. 

While the Fall Fun Rally will be a single day event, units wishing to camp may camp at Beaumont using any of the available camping sites at Beaumont. Reservations for camping sites are available at https://campreservation.com/312/Home. At most 50 participants from one unit are allowed on one camping site. Additionally, though horseback trail rides are not available as part of the FFR program in 2020, reservations can be made at the above site should your unit wish to participate.

Please note, that given the current environment including the pandemic, the Fall Fun Rally, as well as many council and district Scouting events scheduled for Fall 2020, is a best case event, and may need to be cancelled or highly modified up to a few weeks before the event. 

Visit fallfunrally.org for more information.