Monday, July 16, 2018


The Great Rivers District Activities Committee offers district-wide events for additional program opportunities to the units. The committee provides activities for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Scout leaders.  The committee also works with Council Activities and Civic Service Committee on Council-wide events such as StarCamp.

District events are planned and provided for by the committee with the help of district units. The Activities Committee works with other district committees to help promote other opportunities within the district such as Merit Badge events and the Volunteer Recognition and Outdoor Cooking event.


The fall camporee is held each year for Boy Scouts and Webelos invited by a troop. It is usually centered around a theme for the year.  Camporees involve troop and patrol competitions in various Scouting skills.


Volunteer Recognition and Outdoor Cooking event (for all volunteers)

The Volunteer Recognition and Outdoor Cooking event is an annual event (held on the 1st Thursday of May) to highlight the accomplishments of units, unit volunteers and district volunteers.  Special recognitions are presented to individuals for exemplary service to the unit and the district (Distinguished Unit Service Award, District Award of Merit and the Carl Kaepple District Service Award) and the Eagle Scouts for the past year are recognized. 



The annual Great Rivers District Lock-in is a whole night of fun!  The Gateway District Advancement Committee hosts this event.  Boy Scouts and Webelos will start off the night working on various merit badges and activity pins.  Scouts can also look forward to swimming, dodge ball, movies, snacks, water slides and much more!



It is a Boy Scout Winter Skills event, held every winter in the snow. It involves Boy Scout Troops and the Boy Scout Patrols compete against each other. Each patrol uses a Dog Type sled that uses Scout power to pull it instead of dogs. The Scouts pull the sleds that are loaded with their personal and patrol equipment. The Scouts journey through woods and fields, up and down hills and stop at different activity stations where they are tested on different Scout skills. When they arrive at these stations they are timed and tested on their Scouting knowledge, their team work and their problem solving skills.



The Pinewood Derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts.  Scouts, with the help of parents, build their own cars from wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine wood, plastic wheels and metal wheels.

The Pinewood Derby is held at the unit, district and council level.  A pack should ensure that their Pinewood Derby rules follow those of the district and council to ensure eligibility of the individual's car at these levels.



Pinewood Derby - History

Cubmaster Don Murphy organized the first Pinewood Derby, held on May 15, 1953 in Manhatten Beach,CA. by Pack 280. Murphy's son was too young to participate in the popular Soap Box Derby races, so he came up with the idea of racing miniature wood cars.

The cars had the same gravity-powered concept as the full-size Soap Box Derby cars, but were much smaller and easier to build. After Don Murphy's first race in 1953, the Los Angeles County Department of Recreation copied the Pinewood Derby with Murphy's permission.  Don Murphy died July 1 2008, at age 90 of pneumonia.


Scouting for Food is an annual collection of non-perishable foods from the neighborhoods in the Great Rivers District (and Northern Star Council).  Each spring, Scout units collect food items from their area and deliver it to a local food shelf.

To help us record information for the Good Turn for America Program, we are asking that you record the number of volunteers and volunteer-hours your unit has committed to this event.  Have this information with you when you drop off the food donations.

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