Why is this form needed?

The BSA and the Greater St. Louis Area Council have established several guidelines for a safe and quality camping experience. Among them, packs are only permitted to camp at council-approved sites that have been evaluated to ensure they provide suitable amenities and accommodations. Council-operated camp properties, state parks, and national parks are automatically considered approved and don't necessitate any further assessments. All other sites must be approved by the council following a site appraisal and submission of the site appraisal form. The person submitting this form will receive a response within one week.

What is a pack overnight family camp?

  • Packs can conduct overnight campouts. A pack overnight campout can be a great way to get to know the families in the pack and to work on outdoor adventures. 
  • Packs may not conduct campouts longer then two nights.  
  • The location must be at a council camp or a site approved by the local council using the Pack Overnight Campout Site Appraisal Form.
  • In order to conduct an pack overnight campout at least one registered adult leader who is attending the campout must complete Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) training.  

Who can conduct a site appraisal?

  • Individual packs are not authorized to conduct their own assessment.
  • Assessments can be carried out by the District Camping Chairperson, a representative from the District Camping Committee, or a District Short-Term Camp Administrator.
  • If none of these options are accessible, or if you require assistance in locating an appraiser, please reach out to our Help Center.

What sites are approved?

  • All properties operated by the Greater St. Louis Area Council. Make a reservation. 
    • Beaumont Scout Reservation / Camp May / Cub World / Nagel Equestrian Center (High Ridge, MO)
    • Camp Lewallen (Silva, MO)
    • S bar F Scout Ranch / Camp Famous Eagle / Camp Gamble / Swift Base (Knob Lick, MO)
    • Pine Ridge Scout Camp (Makanda, IL)
    • Rhodes-France Scout Reservation (Pana, IL)
    • Camp Warren Levis (Godfrey, IL)
    • Kickapoo (Effingham, IL)
    • Baker Lodge (on Lake Wappapello, MO)
  • State Parks (USA)
  • National Parks (USA)
  • No other sites have been approved at this time. Once a site is approved, it will be added to this list.