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’re ready for 2022, are YOU?? 2022 Summer Camp registrations at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation is now open.
Learn more here.

Join us for Cub Camp during the summer of 2022! Register to attend the session you would like to attend by selecting the associated button to the right. More information is available here: https://scoutingevent.com/653-cublotosrsc22

Cub Akela Camp offers a terrific three day/two-night program for Cubs of all ages. Cubs register and attend along with others from their packs or dens. Cubs will spend their days participating in a variety of structured activities including BB Guns, archery, swimming, crafts, games, rowboats, hikes, and evening activities. These activities are designed to provide advancement opportunities using Cub Adventures. There is no better way to get your Scout’s year off to a great start!

Cub Adventure Camp is our 4 night Cub Scout camping program and will run concurrently with the Akela Camp and Webelos Camp programs – Day 3 will pick up where Cub Akela Camp left off, right after breakfast. The activities during Cub Adventure will focus on the Cub Scout Adventures in the Cub Scout requirements!

Webelos Camp is a five-day, four-night camp complete with advancement activities focused on the Webelos Adventures! Each day offers a variety of pre-programmed activities including Pellet Guns, slingshots, archery, hiking, games, canoeing, swimming, and fishing as well as other evening activities provided by our excellent staff. Webelos Scouts will enjoy the outdoors, play games, make new friends, learn Scouting skills, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

The Great Rivers Council is pleased to announce its 2022 Thrifty Ticket. 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 Thrifty Ticket they sell. The tickets will be distributed in the districts or available for pick up at the Council Service Center starting February 8th.

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Join us July 23rd for our annual Linn Merit Badge University, put on by Troop 17 on the campus of the State Technical College of Missouri! For more information visit here.
Join us July 25th – July 30st, 2022 at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation for National Youth Leadership Training, Scouting’s premiere youth leadership training!
NYLT is a six-day course. Activities and training are delivered by youth staff in an outdoor setting with an emphasis on fun and immediate application. The course is modeled as a “month in the life of a troop/crew”. Scouts and Venturers will experience patrol and unit leadership throughout the week. For more information visit here.

Our day camps provide children with positive and fun experiences that build character, new friendships and a sense of belonging that will last beyond the summer. Sessions are led by experienced and nationally trained staff. We also partner with local community organizations to bring additional program opportunities to your child. For more information visit here.

After an extensive search process, the Great Rivers Council is excited to announce, Tonya Dobbins will join our team as our Assistant Scout Executive starting May 15. Her responsibilities will include field operations, unit service, membership/recruitment initiatives, community engagement and awareness, product sales, and support for the council program and summer camp teams.

Tonya most recently served as a Field Director in the National Capital Area Council in Bethesda, prior stops were in the Dan Beard Council (Cincinnati), and Southwest Florida Council (Fort Myers).  She has expertise in successful field operations, membership recruitment, and fundraising among other achievements. 

Tonya has over 17 years of volunteer experience in Scouting in various unit, district, and council level positions; District Day Camp Director, Pack Committee Chairman, Pack Trainer, Cubmaster, Webelos Den Leader, Troop Committee Chairman, Venturing Crew Advisor, National Jamboree Staff Member and Learning for Life Finance Board Member.

She is a native of Ohio where she started her career in the banking industry. After nine years in the banking industry, she decided to make a change into the nonprofit sector.  Moving from Ohio to Florida, Tonya volunteered with several nonprofit agencies, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, Boy Scouts of America, and Gateway Church.

She is a member of the Order of the Arrow, is Wood Badge trained, has trekked Philmont and experienced Sea Base.

In her spare time, she enjoys visiting with her two sons and three grandchildren: Bobby, lives in Florida with his family. Alex, lives in Maryland.  She also enjoys volunteering and attending church, traveling, sports, suspense movies and books.

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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.