Boy Scouts of America has been shaping the youth of America for more than a century. Discover everything Scouting has in store for you! Our mission is to provide character development, citizenship training, and growth in physical, mental and spiritual fitness, to help create the next generation of leaders.

The Great Rivers Council is home of the only Sinquefield Invention Campus at Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation. Our Invention Campus provides access hi-tech equipment, computer lab, 3D printers, laser engravers, CNC routers, embroidery machines, Scan-n-Cut machines, welding, metalworking, skills and trades, and more.

Upcoming Events & News

Join us on October 13th – 15th, 2023 for the Invention Jamboree at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation!

Do not miss out on this exciting event!  Space is limited!  Scouts will choose one of three Paths. Each path is named after a famous Missouri Inventor and will have unique activities.

Who: All Scouts BSA, Venturing, Exploring, and their Families & Friends (In-Council & Out-of-Council)

Cost: $35 per participant. The cost includes all program supplies, invention lab project, two meals (lunch & dinner Saturday), and a patch.

Adults can register at $25 per participant.

Make sure to pre-order an Invention Jamboree t-shirt! T-Shirts will be $16 each.

Register here.  

Pre-register only.  No walk-ins.

Save the Date! Mizzou Merit Badge University returns Saturday, October 28th! More information will be out soon. Registrations will open later this summer.

Fund Your Scouting Adventure Through Trail’s End Popcorn & Burgers’ Smokehouse!

Calling All Units – It’s Time to Register for the 2023 Popcorn – Burgers’ Smokehouse Sale

Sign Up to Sell to Support Your Unit!

Effective Sept. 1, 2023, Cub Scout packs who are conducting their own overnight camping activity may now camp up to two consecutive nights. Cub Scout packs who are conducting their own overnight camping activities must continue to have at least one registered adult leader who is trained in Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO), oversees the planning and is in attendance for the pack campout. This updated policy also applies to Webelos and Arrow of Light dens who may conduct den coordinated campouts. The policy will be updated in the Guide to Safe Scouting and other resources on Sept. 1. An updated version of the BALOO training will also be released at this time.
ACTION: Reminder Cub Scout camping is limited to their council’s designated locations with appropriate facilities. As councils prepare to communicate this change to their local packs, now is the time for the council to review the approved Cub Scout pack overnight sites and make any necessary updates. As this announcement is communicated to your packs, it is important to ensure that your council’s list of approved pack overnight camping locations is easily accessible from your website and is included in your communications. For additional information regarding Cub Scout camping, including required youth protection policies, please review the Guide to Safe Scouting.
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What We Do

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The Scouting Programs

Scouting programs and outdoor adventures give young people the opportunity and freedom to explore a world beyond the boundaries of everyday life. It presents them with chances to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence and develop leadership skills. These experiences not only help Scouts while they are young but also stay with them throughout their adult lives, growing into exceptional men and women who respect their family, community, religion, country, and themselves.

Cub Scouts

Youth grades K–5

Scouts BSA

Youth ages 11-17


Coed Ages 14-20

Sea Scouts

Coed Ages 14-20


Coed Ages 14-20

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Our Mission

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Scout Oath

“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”


Discovery is at the heart of Scouting. Whether it’s a campout, derby car race, or hike on the trail, we believe every adventure helps us uncover a little more about ourselves. We build the foundations for humility and compassion—strengthening character through actions—to prepare youth for a lifetime of leadership.


Prepared. For Life.

Scouting teaches youth to confront any challenge with whole hearts and clear minds—to live their lives without regret, never back down, and do their very best!






In Scouting, we will not compromise the safety of our youth, volunteers, and employees. Safety is a value that must be taught and reinforced at every opportunity. We are all responsible and must hold each other accountable to provide a safe environment for all participants.

Become Your Best Self

Through fun yet challenging physical and mental activities, Scouting encourages personal growth by teaching youth
how to set goals and achieve them with determination.






The BSA promotes a culture where youth, volunteers, and employees feel a sense of belonging—where every person feels respected and valued. We welcome families of all backgrounds to help prepare young people to serve as successful members and leaders of our nation’s diverse communities.

Fun for the Whole Family

Scouting is something the whole family can experience together. We designed our program so that anyone—brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers—can have fun and make an impact!


Our unique programs focused on character development, leadership and outdoor exploration provide a lifetime of benefits!

Compared to non-Scouts, Scouts are more likely to:

Embrace positive
social values

Develop kindness, helpfulness,
and cheerfulness

Have a greater sense
of hope for their future

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The Great Rivers Council is generously supported by United Way of Northeast Missouri, United Way of Audrain County, United Way of Central Missouri (Jefferson City & Lake), and Sedalia-Pettis County United Way.