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TRAIL RIDES at Nagel Base, Beaumont Scout Reservation
(Boy Scouts and Venture Crews)
The trail rides begin and end at NAGEL BASE located on the Beaumont Scout Reservation. 
There are generally 20 horses available from September through June.  The horses are able to handle all levels of riding experience whether it is beginner or advanced.  The trail ride program is available Saturday and/or Sunday year round weather permitting. 

The times for the rides are as follows for 3-hour trail rides at the cost of $25 per horse for Boy Scouts and Venture crews:
               9 a.m. to noon         and          12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In addition, a 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. time period is available only to Venture crews for a six-hour trail ride at the cost of $35 per horse.
Before taking a horseback ride at the Nagel Base, you should be aware of the following information:
  1. A trail guide will be assigned to lead each ride.
  2. There must be at least two adult leaders on each ride.
  3. All riders must be registered Boy Scouts, Explorers, Venturers or Scouters.  Parents of youth members providing leadership for the unit may ride.   No Cub Scouts, Webelos or guests are permitted.
  4. The group should arrive at Nagel Base at least 15 minutes before the time of the ride.
  5. All riders must wear protective headgear.  The council will provide riding helmets.
  6. There is a weight limit of 250 lbs. for a rider to use a horse.
  7. Suggested clothing includes hard-soled shoes and long pants.  Dress according to the weather.  Rain gear, gloves or warm clothing will be necessary for some rides.
  8. The trail guide or the camp ranger has the right to cancel the ride due to current weather conditions, poor ground conditions, safety of the horse and rider or as a disciplinary action.
  9. The council horses are trail horses and are ridden in single file and at safe speeds.  No stunt riding is permitted.
  10. Units taking the six-hour ride should bring along a sack lunch in a pack that can be tied to the saddle.
  11. Please communicate any health or special problems to the ranger.
  12. Any injuries to riders or horses should be reported to camp ranger.
  13. Only council-owned horses are allowed on trail rides.
Come out to Nagel Base and step back into time riding a horse-drawn hayride.  This is a great outdoor activity for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops and Venture crews. The cost for hayrides is $75 per wagon. The wagon with lots of hay will hold a maximum of 20 people
Hayrides are offered from March 1 through May 30 and mid-August (after the close of summer camp) through Nov. 30 on Saturdays and Sundays:
5 to 6 p.m., 6 to 7 p.m., 7 to 8 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m.
Hayrides will not be offered on Saturday nights during heavy camporee weekends.
  • Persons weighing more than 250 lbs. will be safety checked by trail guides and may not be allowed to ride. 
  • Trail guides have the responsibility to restrict any person from riding who may pose, in their opinion, a safety risk to themselves, others or the horse.
Nagel Base has two picnic areas for your unit to use free of charge.  This is a great place to meet before a hayride or trail ride.  There is plenty of shade and picnic tables to handle your unit.  The picnic areas are on a first-come, first-served basis, but they are big enough to handle more than one unit.
If your unit prefers to be inside, you can reserve the Nagel Recreation Hall.  The Rec Hall has kitchen facilities, a fireplace, tables and chairs, and a heater for those cool fall nights.  The Nagel Rec Hall can be rented for a fee of $50 per day.  A $5 refund is made if the hall is left in a clean and satisfactory condition.
Reservations must be made in advance at the Greater St. Louis Area Council office.  For trail rides, a minimum of five and a maximum of 20 horses can be reserved.
The "Unit Copy" of the reservation form should be brought to the event.
The horses belong to the members of the Greater St. Louis Area Council and they are available for your use and enjoyment.  The Trail Guide Committee wants to provide you with a safe and enjoyable ride.