Welcome to Great Rivers Council

Boy Scouts of America has been shaping the youth of America for more than a century. Discover everything Scouting has in store for you!

Headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, Great Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America serves the youth and adult volunteers in 33 counties in central and northern Missouri. 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 to Invention Scouts and the only Sinquefield Invention Campus in the Boy Scouts of America. Our Invention Campus provides access hi-tech equipment, computer lab, 3D printers, laser engravers, CNC routers, embroidery machines, Scan-n-Cut machines, welding, metalworking, and more.


Upcoming Events & Resources

We have two Merit Badge Universities coming up this Fall: State Fair Merit Badge College on September 24th and Mizzou Merit Badge University on October 8th. Learn more and register above!

Join us, September 30th – October 2nd, 2022 at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation for ScoutoRama!
The theme for this year’s ScoutoRama is “Passport to Adventure”. Did you know that the BSA is part of the World Scouting Movement? As such, we interact with millions oScouts from different countries and cultures. This year’s ScoutoRama will focus on International Scouting. Scouts will complete both elective and international adventures! In addition, Scouts will get to participate in the time-old favorites including Archery, BBs, Bouldering, Field Games, and more!
Learn more and register.
We’re ready for 2023, are YOU?? 2023 Summer Camp registrations at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation opens soon.
Learn more here.

Jamboree, July 19-28, 2023, is more than a destination. It’s the adventure of lifetime. And there is simply nothing else like it on the planet.

What’s a Jamboree? It’s not camp. National Jamboree is 360-degrees of fun, friends and fellowship with hands-on adventure that takes you places you never thought you’d go and challenge you to try things you never thought you could.

It’s the beginning of your own heroes’ journey that will challenge you to go farther than you ever thought possible. You’ll reach deeper and lift yourself higher to become the best version of yourself.

Learn more here.

Adventure On with our slate of Cub Scout Activities coming this Fall! Look to see the great adventures we have in store for you and your Cub Scouts! Register today here.

Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation

Who We Are

What We Do

Get Involved

The Scouting Programs

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

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!

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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.