June 10, 2013

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MacArthur Service Center

4568 West Pine Blvd.
St. Louis, Mo. 63108-2179
Phone: 314-361-0600 or 800-392-0895
FAX: 314-361-5165
Hours: Monday-Friday,
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

West County Service Center
11481 Page Service Dr.
St. Louis, Mo. 63146-3529
Phone: 314-994-9469
FAX: 314-994-9623
Hours: Monday-Friday,
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ritter Service Center
3000 Gordonville Rd.
Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63703-5008
Phone: 573-335-3346 or 800-335-3346
FAX: 800-269-7989
Hours: Monday-Friday,
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Southern Illinois Service Center
803 East Herrin St., Herrin, Ill. 62948-0340
Phone: 618-942-4863 or 888-942-4863
FAX: 618-942-2367
Hours: Monday-Friday,
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
June-August, Monday-Friday,
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
closed Saturday






The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America,
is a United Way agency.

United Way

Dear Don , 

Program Preview is under way this week! Click on your district in the left column for information on dates, times, and locations. Make sure your district is represented at this meeting so you have all the information to plan an exciting program year for your unit.
     The 2013-14 Program Guide is mailed to registered leaders who are entitled to receive a free subscription to the Duffle Bag newspaper and paying subscribers. Please bring the publication to the preview meeting. Copies are available at the meeting and at all council service centers.
     Make 2013-14 memorable for your Scouts and Venturers!

Summer Camp Begins Sunday!

Scouts of all ages look forward to summertime when they can spend a week or more at resident camp. And they'll get the most out of the experience by preparing in advance. Check out the links below for equipment lists, maps, and other information.

--Greater St. Louis Area Council,

Boy Scouts of America


District Cub Day Camps Open This Week

  Every Cub Scout wants to go to camp, and there are still openings in some day camps, which begin this week and continue through early August.
     Cubs will find plenty of activities at camp, including archery, BB guns, crafts, games, nature, paintball slingshots, and sports. There are even special activities designed just for Webelos.
     In addition to the 40+ day camps, STEM* camps round out the offerings this summer for Cub Scouts and Webelos. Science and engineering dominate the July 29-Aug. 1 STEM Camp at Cub World, with each evening hosted by a STEM-based corporation. Other STEM camps are Boone Trails June, North Star July, Egyptian July, and Egyptian August.


Check out other camping opportunities for Cubs and Webelos: Grizzly Day Camp | Dad & Lad and Mom & Me | Webelos weeklong or Mini-Camp

* STEM = science, technology, engineering, mathematics


Specialty Camps Offer A Different Summer Camp Experience

With traditional camp, you think of swimming, fishing, canoeing, hiking, shooting sports, and crafts. Specialty camps offer much more...
Catholic Adventure Week. Boy Scouts grow in their faith during a week at Swift Base, July 14-20. Activities include high adventure and merit badge time as well as opportunities for prayer, religious instruction, and reflection.

Eagle Trail Camp. New! Allows Scouts to work toward their Eagle rank in an outdoor setting at Camp Gamble, S bar F Scout Ranch, July 21-27.

Horse Camp. Seven days of adventure July 28-Aug. 3 for Boy Scouts and Venturers at Nagel Base, Beaumont Scout Reservation, include horseback riding (of course), swimming, skeet shooting, and rappelling.

STEM camps. Boy Scouts and Venturers do hands-on activities as well as STEM*-based merit badges, compete for NOVA awards, and view demonstrations.

  • STEM & Shooting Sports for Venturers: June 23-29 at Swift Base, S bar F Scout Ranch
  • STEM Week for Boy Scouts is July 28-Aug. 3 at Camp May, Beaumont Scout Reservation

Check out all the summer camp offerings at All About Summer Camp...


NYLT Offers Leadership Development During Camp

National Youth Leadership Training for age 12 and older takes place during a week of summer camp and helps Boy Scouts and Venturers develop communication, teamwork, planning, and organizational skills. There are five courses this summer, including a week of Pack & Paddle for Boy Scouts and Venturers age 14 and older. Read more...


Preparing For Camp...


Boy Scout Camp, Camp Lewallen | Boy Scout Camp, S bar F Scout Ranch | Swift Base, S bar F Scout Ranch | Webelos Camp, Camp May | Webelos Mini-Camp, Camp May | Webelos Mini-Camp, Camp Lewallen | Webelos Mini-Camp, Pine Ridge Scout Camp | Webelos Mini-Camp, Swift Base

MAPS:  (web page)

maps TO... S bar F Scout Ranch & Camp Lewallen | Beaumont Scout Reservation | Pine Ridge Scout Camp
maps OF... Camp Famous Eagle, S bar F Scout Ranch | Camp Gamble, S bar F Scout Ranch | Camp Sakima, S bar F Scout Ranch | Swift Base, S bar F Scout Ranch | Camp Lewallen | Camp May, Beaumont Scout Reservation | Cub World, Beaumont Scout Reservation | Pine Ridge Scout Camp


S bar F Scout Ranch, Boy Scouts | Camp Lewallen, Boy Scouts | Camp May, Webelos | Camp May, Webelos Mini-Camp | Camp Lewallen, Webelos Mini-Camp | Pine Ridge Scout Camp, Webelos Mini-Camp | Swift Base, Webelos Mini-Camp | Swift Base, Venturing


Every Scout and leader who attends a long-term camp must have the required forms completed. Read more...
Medical Form Parts A & B (campers spending fewer than 72 hours at camp)
Medical Form Parts A & B & C (physical required)


National Jamboree Is Almost Here

The council contingent is making final preparations to attend the 2013 National Jamboree, which opens on July 15 at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia and runs through July 24.

     To mark the event, special emblems have been designed for participants and staff to wear. The public can buy these emblems too, with proceeds benefiting the Burgheim Campership Fund to support Scouts and Venturers to attend future camporees. to order, click here.


Register for the national jamboree.
Already registered? Make online payments.


Papa John's Offers Online Scout Discount

On Boy Scout Weekend, June 13-16, Papa John's offers a 30 percent discount to all Boy Scout supporters. Discount applies to the entire order of regular menu price items. A portion of sales from this offer benefits the Greater St. Louis Area Council.
     Offer is good only for online orders. Enter Promo Code GSLAC30.


Leader Tip 

Make Ice Cream In A Can          

Ingredients for vanilla:
    1 cup heavy cream

    1 cup light cream
    1 beaten egg (or use equivalent
       reconstituted dried)
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla extract

Ingredients for chocolate:
    1 cup heavy cream
    1 cup light cream
    1/2 cup sugar
    4 tablespoons cocoa
    1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
    1/8 tsp. salt

In 1 lb. coffee can mix all ingredients. Seal can lid well with duct tape. Put small, sealed can inside larger 3 lb. can. Pack ice and 1 cup salt around small can. Put lid on large can and duct tape closed. Roll back & forth on a large towel (optional) for 15 minutes. Open large can and dump ice and water. Wipe small can dry and open. Stir mix, scraping sides of can. Additional ingredients, e.g., cookie crumbs or chopped nuts, can be added now. Reseal small can and place back in larger can. Repack with salt and ice. Continue rolling for 10 minutes more. Open large can and dump ice and water. Wipe small can dry and open.
Source: MakeIceCream.com


Parent Tip

Handling Homesickness At Camp

How do you help a young person who's homesick at camp? Read more... 
Source: KidsHealth.org


Quick Clicks

Invitations: Scouts are invited to visit attractions or take part in various programs throughout our community. Many organizations offer Scouts free or reduced-cost programs.
Opportunities to Serve:
Nonprofit and charitable organizations welcome collaboration on service projects with units.