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Cub Scout Day One - September 20

Join us and discover the exciting world of Scouting at Day One on Sept. 20. This is a great opportunity for new Cub Scouts to see what the Scouting experience is all about. Come when you can and plan to stay all day. Families are welcome and picnic lunches are encouraged. There are four Day One locations throughout the council. Learn more about Day One or register now.

Greater St. Louis Area Council Announces New Scout Shop Location

In order to better serve its members, the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America is moving its West County store to a new, more centrally-located site. The new store, called BSA Outfitters, is set to open on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at 13347 Manchester Road in Des Peres (next to Trader Joe's in the Des Peres Pointe shopping center). The new store replaces the former West County Scout Shop on Page Avenue, which closes on Saturday, Aug. 23. 

Recruitment Resources Now Available

Recruiting new Scouts is a year-round effort; however, more youth join Scouting in the fall than any other time of the year. In August, GSLAC will begin its annual School Night to Join Scouting campaign welcoming about 5,000 new kids to the Scouting program over the next month. Click the link below for resources that your district and units can use to help ensure a successful fall recruitment.

Recruitment Resources

Council Unveils New Marketing Campaign-Scout It Out!

This summer, the council will begin rolling out its new marketing campaign- Scout It Out! Designed to leverage the exciting activities youth can participate in through Scouting, the new campaign is designed to energize, build awareness, and address misperceptions about the Boy Scout brand. See some of the new materials here.

Certified Angler Instructor Training

Come join the council for a special weekend workshop for Certified Angler Instructor Training Oct. 24-26 at S bar F Scout Ranch. Program attendees will have the opportunity to earn the BSA Certified Angler Instructor recognition and can be certified to run fishing programs at BSA summer camps and instruct the Fishing and Fly Fishing Merit Badges. Register online at or learn more information here.


2014-15 Program Guide Now Available

A successful Scouting program involves proper planning. The 2014-15 Program Guide can help! It contains important schedule and program information for council activities all year long. View the online version here:

2014-15 Program Guide


Register For the 2015 World Scout Jamboree

In 2015, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. The event will provide opportunities to raise awareness about global issues, explore the environment, participate in community service, make friends from around the world, and deepen understanding of developments in science and technology. Participants will live and learn with fellow Scouts from around the world. Don't miss out on this life-changing experience! READ MORE


Council Announces Next Edition of History

The "Spirit of '76" was published in 1976 to chronicle the first 65 years of the St. Louis Area Council. A new edition, "The Spirit Within," spans 1976-2012 and contains 110 full-color pages with hundreds of photos and stories of the past 35 years, along with a companion DVD.  READ MORE

Books will first be available at the Council Annual Meeting on June 4. You can also order for shipment or pickup at a Scout Service Center after this date.

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