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New S bar F Dining Hall Will Offer More Options To Scouts


Campers at S bar F Scout Ranch will have an increase in dining options beginning in summer 2015 as the Greater St. Louis Area Council Executive Board unanimously approved construction of a new 16,456 square-foot dining hall and central commissary on the property. The structure, scheduled to begin construction immediately following the 2014 summer camp season, will replace Astronaut Hall.

While troops will continue to have the option for patrol cooking, the new dining hall will seat approximately 360 people. During the summer camping season, the commissary will serve as the headquarters for all four camps on the ranch (Camp Gamble, Camp Famous Eagle, Camp Sakima and Swift Base) with the capacity to serve more than 112,000 meals each summer. Additionally, the new dining hall and commissary will allow the Greater St. Louis Area Council to better meet today’s health standards. The structure will also have the ability to serve as a first aid station and storm haven during inclement weather, providing more safety to Scouts and leaders.

Concepts for the new dining hall and commissary were the result of extensive research by the Greater St. Louis Area Council that included input from study groups, architects, construction companies and engineers. The Council will use a capital funding effort to raise money for the project.

The construction falls in line with the Council’s 2013-2017 strategic plan, which calls for making GSLAC camps premier destinations in the Boy Scouts of America and developing unique programs and experiences at each property. Last summer, S bar F Scout Ranch added shower house facilities to Camp Famous Eagle and Camp Gamble.

The plan marks the first dining hall for Boy Scout camps at the Ranch since opening nearly 50 years ago. As today’s youth demand more modern facilities and methods of food service, the Greater St. Louis Area Council is working to prepare for the next 50 years of camping at S bar F Scout Ranch.