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All About Summer Camp

Cub Scouts



Boy Scouts



Information for Camp Staff

Every Scout Wants To Go To Camp!

Summer camp should be one of the highlights of a unit’s activities. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers have the opportunity to gather life-long memories and learn valuable life skills while enjoying camping and the great outdoors.

The Greater St. Louis Area Council conducts a variety of programs for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers. Summer camp programs are held at Camp Lewallen, Pine Ridge Scout Camp, Camp May and Nagel Base at Beaumont Scout Reservation, and Swift Base, Camp Sakima and Camp Famous Eagle at S bar F Scout Ranch.






The camp fee includes meals, program and tentage. Campers should only bring enough money for craft supplies, merit badge pamphlets, souvenirs and goodies at the camp Trading Post.
Camp fees include the $10 (for Boy Scouts) or $25 (for Swift and specialty camps) reservation fee. The reservation fee is not refundable or transferable after March 1. By that time we have committed resources to contract staff and purchase supplies.

Second Week Discount

Sign up for two or more summer camps and save! Attend a week of Boy Scout Summer Camp or Venturing Camp and get a SECOND week at $160 (a $100 savings) at one of the following camps: Fish Camp, STEM Camp, Eagle Trail Camp, and Catholic Adventure Week.

... Or get $50 off these camps if you spend a week at another council's camp or a high-adventure base!

To receive the discount, simply put the dates you are attending Boy Scout Summer Camp (or high-adventure base) on your application for Fishing Camp, STEM Camp, Eagle Trail Camp, or Catholic Adventure Camp.

find out how you can earn your way to camp! Click here.


Before Going To Camp...

Make The Reservation

Reservations must be made with the Camping Department for each of the summer camping programs offered by the council. A sign-up lottery for Cub Scout programs is held in early December, and a sign-up lottery for Boy Scout camp is held in mid-October to assign weeks and campsites. Open sign-up is available after each lottery, as space permits. Venturing crews from the council can sign up for the Swift Base between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. After Jan. 1, Venturing crews from outside the council or older Scouts from the council may sign up for Swift Base.

Get A Medical Exam & Complete The Health Form (All Scouts & Scouters)

The Annual Health and Medical Record is required for participation in all Scouting events, including day and resident camps and high-adventure bases. The Annual Health and Medical Record requires a yearly medical exam by licensed medical personnel for Scouts and adults attending camp.

More information about medical requirements...
(doctor's signature required)
Health Form Parts A & B
(camping fewer than 72 hours)

Visitors Night at Boy Scout Camp

Thursday night is visitors night, and the family is invited to visit camp to see where their Scout has been having fun. The evening is capped off by the impressive Order of the Arrow Call-out ceremony.

Prior to the call-out ceremony, the camp director and camp staff members make a presentation about camp to parents. Following the call-out ceremony, parents should return to their vehicles and not the campsite, as it's easy to get lost on trails after dark.

Homesickness can also result in otherwise happy Scouts when family members linger. And the additional ceremony for those Scouts who were called-out cannot begin until after cars are off the roads and camp has quieted down.

Visitor Instructions

Arrive after 5 p.m. and bring a lawn chair and flashlight. Feel free to bring a picnic supper; Scouts have a picnic-style dinner on their campsite at 6:30 p.m. The Trading Post is open for purchasing snacks or camp merchandise. Do not bring any pets. Campsites and the lakefront are not accessible to vehicles, and handicapped accessibility is very limited. Be prepared to do some walking.

Any Scout in the Greater St. Louis Area Council who is unable to attend summer camp with his home troop due to schedule conflicts, school, illness, etc., or for those wishing to attend additional camps may sign up with a provisional troop for July 20-26. This temporary unit allows Scouts to attend a full week of camp at S bar F Scout Ranch.

To sign up, fill out the
Provisional Camp form.