Join the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site on Saturday, June 29, at 2 p.m. as it commemorates the 150th anniversary of General Grant's victory at Vicksburg! The special guest speaker will be Rocky Sickmann, a former U.S. Marine and one of 65 Americans taken hostage in Iran in 1979. The day will also feature a Scout parade and Civil War reenactors from the Sons of Veterans Reserve discussing the life of a Civil War soldier. Bring your friends and family -- we hope to see you there!
The Grant National Historic Site is located at 7400 Grant Rd., St. Louis, MO 63123. Learn more by visiting www.nps.gov/ulsg.
As you get ready for camp this summer, use the links below to help prepare for your adventures.
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)
We realize you probably were not able to write down everything during our Program Preview presentation at June Roundtable which is why we have made the slideshow available below! We are looking forward to a great 2013-14!
13 Program Preview Slideshow.pdf
Gravois Trail Troop 724
stopped at Jefferson Barracks yesterday to make a special delivery to the
National Cemetery’s director, Jeff Barnes. The troop donated 2,600 American
flags to the cemetery to replace some of the old and frayed flags used during
the district’s annual Memorial Day Good Turn.
Troop 724, comprised of Scouts
with special needs, had originally planned to take a trip to Arizona this
summer to an Indian reservation where they would learn Native American survival
skills. Unfortunately, Scoutmaster Joe Vaughn and his unit of 17 Scouts were
unable to raise the $7,500 needed for the trip. Despite the disappointment, the
Scouts decided they would use some of the money to purchase new flags for Jefferson
Every year on the last Sunday of
May, Scouts from around the St. Louis Area place flags at about 190,000 graves
to honor the nation’s veterans who died while serving in the United States
Armed Forces. The flags donated by Troop 724 will certainly go a long way in
helping to honor those fallen soldiers.
The unit is still determined
to make its trip and will continue to raise money for a journey to Arizona next
Eagle Scouts Luck and Nick along with Scoutmaster Joe Vaughn presented over 2,500 new flags to Jeff Barnes, the cemetery's director.
A whole year in
the making, Troop 580 finally embarked on its seven-day trip to the Florida
National High Adventure Sea Base in the Florida Keys last week. The
high-adventure trip began when the group of eight, five scouts and three
leaders, flew into Key West on May 28 for the start of an unforgettable voyage.
The Troop spent
five nights out on the water aboard a 42-foot sailboat under the guidance of
Captain Gerald. After getting their sea legs and overcoming some slight cases
of sea sickness, the group spent the week sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle
boarding, even playing some sand volleyball during their short stints back to land.
Home base for the Troop was located on Lower Matecumbe Key, which is located 75
miles south of Miami.
rain showers over the first three days, Troop 580 found plenty of time for
fishing. The Scouts managed to catch 89 fish, including a 2 ½ foot shark, to
win the award for Most Fish during the week.
When the weather
finally cooperated towards the end of their stay, the Troop had the opportunity
to snorkel along the coral reef in calm waters. Beneath the surface the Scouts
explored an old ship wreck and took in the sights of being surrounded by
thousands of fish.
information about Sea Base, visit www.BSASeaBase.org.
Gravois Trail is proud of its 2013 Silver Beaver honorees, Keith Guller and Joe Vaughn. The two received their awards during the Annual Council Meeting and Recognition Dinner on May 28. Read more about each recipient below.
For more than 13 years, Keith Guller has been a leader in the Gravois Trail District’s Friends of Scouting campaign- first as a team leader, then as chairman and currently as his district’s development chairman and member of the council’s executive board. In 2007, he received the District Award of Merit.
In the St. Louis area, Keith is the chairman for the National Kidney Foundation’s board of directors, an organization he has supported for over 15 years. He initiated the Guller Family Lectureship in Preventive Cardiology for the Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation and as a board member for 10 years, works to connect the hospital and a family of charitable donors.
Keith is a founding member and serves on the current board for the Institute for Private Business at the John Cook School of Business at St. Louis University. This organization assists key executives and owners of family or private businesses with ways to resolve critical issues, shape the growth of their businesses and power the future of the St. Louis region. He is also an active member of the Association for the United States Army raising funds for veterans’ children to attend college.
Joe Vaughn's devotion and dedication for the Special Needs Scouting program is second to none. Joe currently serves as Special Needs Activity Chairman and has also held the position of Assistant District Commissioner–Special Needs.
A veteran who served his country in the U.S. Air Force, including a tour in Vietnam, Joe completed Wood Badge Training while serving on the Gravois Trail District’s Adult Leader Training staff. He also served on the staff of Xtreme2000, the council-wide camporee of 2000.
Joe has received Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow, District Award of Merit, Proficient Trainer’s Award, God and Country, National President’s Scoutmaster Award of Merit and Scoutmaster Key.
Thanks to all participants who attended Sunday's Memorial Day Good Turn. The 64th annual event was another success. Below are some photos from the day. If you have a picture you'd like to share, please email it to Christine.Dieckmann@scouting.org.
Recognizing Fallen Soldiers Has Long
Tradition in Gravois Trail District
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – For more than five decades, nearly 4,000 scouts have
gathered at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, located along the banks of
the Mississippi River, over Memorial Day weekend to place an American flag at
the grave of every deceased soldier within the cemetery’s fences. The tradition,
now entering its 64th year in the Gravois Trail District, is one of
the longest running Memorial Day events within the Boy Scouts of America today.
The 2013 edition is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 26.
first Memorial Day Good Turn in the Greater St. Louis Area Council (GSLAC) took
place in 1950 and was completed by scouts in what was then called the Grant
District, but today is referred to as the Gravois Trail District. Since the
mid-1990’s, the event has grown to include all units within GSLAC and the
manpower is certainly needed. Every year on the last Sunday of May, area scouts
take roughly two hours to cover the 330 acres in Jefferson Barracks and place
flags on nearly 190,000 graves.
honor the Barracks’ fallen soldiers each year, a procession of Boy Scouts march
from the National Guard base into Jefferson Barracks Cemetery where a ceremony
then takes place at the main flag pole on the grounds. Scouts who earned Eagle
Scout during the past year serve as color guard and scout buglers play “Taps.”
From there a guest speaker addresses the crowd before Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts,
Venture Scouts and Girl Scouts disperse to put out flags, all of which are
furnished by Jefferson Barracks. This year’s keynote speaker will be Lieutenant
Brian T. Leicht of the U.S. Marine Corps. Leicht, a graduate of Oakville Senior
High School, earned his Eagle Scout rank in 2007.
a large scale event wouldn’t be possible without a plan in place. St. Louis
native Bill Frein is the man behind the preparations and will enter his 13th
year running the good turn in 2013. Although he took over the reins in 2000,
Frein has been involved with Memorial Day Good Turn since the 1970’s during his
time as a Scoutmaster. The Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver Award recipient relies
on a committee of 18 people to help carry out the day’s tasks and ensure the
event runs smoothly.
just feel that it’s a way that I can help recognize those who have given time
to our country to serve in the armed forces and the military, and I am a
veteran myself,” said Frein, who was drafted into the army from 1956-58.
Opened in 1826 as the
first permanent U.S. Army base west of the Mississippi River, Jefferson
Barracks was at one time the largest military base in the U.S. Its military
operations stopped in 1946. In 1866, JB was established as a national cemetery and
today it is one of 131 national cemeteries under the Department of Veterans
Affairs. It is also one of the oldest interment sites within the VA’s system
and has buried veterans from every U.S. war, including the American Revolution.
Once known as Decoration
Day, Memorial Day was established after the Civil War to honor the Confederate
and Union soldiers who died. Today, the event commemorates all of those who
have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It wasn’t until 1967
that a Federal law declared Memorial Day as the official name.
Can you believe we are just two and a half weeks away from the first summer day camp? From a Webelos-only camp to fishing and shooting sports, Gravois Trail has something for everyone this summer! Camp is one of the best things about Scouting so make sure everyone in your unit gets the opportunity to experience the fun. The good news is it's not too late to sign up! Simply click here to get more information and register.
Webelos Twilight Camp | June 10-14, 2013 | 5-8:30 p.m. | Cost: $60 | Director: Alexia Arensmeier
The Webelos Twilight Camp offers several activities not found in other Gravois Trail day camps. Participants have opportunities to learn campfire cooking and wood crafting and play team-building games. Of course, the always popular shooting sports is also available. Since this camp is scheduled over Flag Day, Scouts will participate in a special flag retiring ceremony.
Bee Tree Fishing Camp | June 25-27, 2013 | 4:30-8:30 p.m. | Cost: $60 | Director: Tim Davis
Scouts bring their own fishing pole and we’ll supply the bait. Participants learn the basics about fishing and take part in fun games such as the casting contest. Other activities throughout the week include BB guns, archery and sling shot stations. Expect special presentations such as touring a fishing boat or learning about robotics as part of the BSA’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program.
Simpson Park Shooting Sports | July 9-11, 2013 | 5-8:30 p.m. | Cost: $60 | Director: Sue Brewer
Cub Scouts Twilight Camp | July 15-18, 2013 | 4:30-8:30 p.m. | Cost: $60 | Director: Mary Knapp
As the name suggests, this camp is dedicated to learning the skills and safety techniques when it comes to BB guns, bows and arrows, and sling shots. Participants also get the opportunity to launch the district’s new and improved catapults. A representative of the BSA’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program will visit campers for a special presentation.
Field sports and shooting sports consumes this four-day camp. Activities such as BB guns, archery, sling shots and catapults are offered as well as some traditional team sports. When not on the field, Scouts can tap into their creative skills to complete fun crafts and toys.
Forms and flyers from the May Roundtable are now available. Please make sure to fill out and return the 2013 Popcorn Commitment Card, which is located in the handouts.
May Roundtable Handouts.pdf