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.


Summer camp is the highlight of the Scouting year. Young men and women join Scouting to get outdoors, and Camp Hohn at Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation is a wonderful environment for Scouts to interact with the Scouting program, the natural world, and each other. It is a golden opportunity to celebrate their year of Scouting. 

Please contact Dennis Kerns at dennis.kerns@scouting.org and Charles Wood at charles.wood@scouting.org with any questions.
More information about Summer Camp 2021 visit us here.

The Great Rivers Council is pleased to announce its 2021 “Camp Card”. This initiative is designed to help Scouts earn their way to a summer/day camp program. Units participating in this program will earn $6.50 on each $10 Camp Card they sell. The cards will be distributed in the districts or available for pick up at the Council Service Center starting March 9th.

Sign up today to sell.

Support local scouting youth this spring with a day on the links. Two great locations to choose from

May 10, 2021
Country Club of Missouri
May 17, 2021
Meadow Lake Acres Country Club
Food and beverages, contests and top team prizes at each location. 11:30 AM Lunch, 1:00 PM Tee Off. 19th Hole and awards presentation at end of play.

The Elbert K. Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award is presented to those that improve students’ lives by proactively modeling and teaching Scouting values. The award may be presented to teachers, educational support staff, and school administrators who stand out from their professional peers in instilling Scouting Values for students. This Award is intended to recognize non-scouting educators, who are nominated through local units. A unit may nominate one individual per year on each school campus.

See the nomination form for more information.

Register for the Nampa-Tsi Lodge OA Spring Conclave, April 16-18 at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation.

Register Here


oin us May 14th to 16th for the 2nd annual Lake of the Ozarks Merit Badge College at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation! Choose from over 30+ merit badges including Canoeing, Water Sports, Kayaking, Rowing, Chemistry, Archery, and more! See a full list by clicking the course catalog below. Scouts can take merit badges all day Saturday AND Sunday morning. Camping will be available Friday & Saturday evenings.

More information can be found here.

Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation

Summer Camp 2021

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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.