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S-F Scout Ranch - Challenge Course 2

PER COUNCIL POLICY CUB SCOUT PACKS CANNOT USE THIS CLIMBING PROGRAM.
The S bar F Challenge Course was the first Challenge Course built in the BSA and still one of the best to accomplish our goals. The Challenge Course is a program for youth that includes a series of outdoor challenges beginning with basic group initiative games and progressing to more complicated low-course and high-course activities. Some of these events involve a group effort while others test individual skills and agility. Participants climb, swing, balance, jump and think through solutions to a variety of challenges. Most participants find that they can do much more than they initially thought they could. This high course finishes with a face forward rappel from the tree tops!

There are 2 program slots, 7 to 13 participants each, available each day. If your unit reserves 1 slot another unit may reserve the other slot that day. The 2 units would operate independently that day while on the course. Only Troop aged Scouts and older may participate in this activity.

Day
From
08:00 AM
To
05:00 PM

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Facility Amenities

Facility Use Policy Back to Top
Before you arrive at camp to start your Challenge Course experience be aware that you must have several items and trained Challenge Course Instructors before gear can be issued to your unit.
- Unit Reservation form for the Challenge Course program.
- Unit Reservation form if you are camping
- BSA Annual Health & Medical Form, parts A & B filled out and with required signatures for all participants, youth and adult. Unit leaders must have these forms in hand and present them to the Camp Ranger upon arrival. They will check to be sure you have them readily available in case of an emergency.
- First Aid card and CPR card, one adult, at least 18 years of age, that will be on the Challenge Course site during the program must have a current First Aid card and CPR card. One adult can have a First Aid card and another adult can have a CPR card.
- Greater St. Louis Qualified Challenge Course Instructor: your unit must provide 1 Challenge Course Instructor for each group of 7 to 13 participants while on the Low Course and 2 Instructors when using the High Course. Qualified Instructors should bring their qualification card. If an Instructor is getting qualified they will demonstrate their skills to the assigned Challenge Course Director.
- Beaumont Orientation Unit Challenge Course Instructors must have taken the Beaumont Challenge Course Orientation training in addition to the Initial Challenge Course Training at S bar F or Camp Joy.
- Challenge Course Director: The Challenge Course cannot be used without the supervision of a Challenge Course Director. The Directors are assigned by the Challenge Course Committee and do not have to be recruited by the unit. Only the Directors will be able to check out the gear and keys with the unit and they will verify the proper amount of unit Instructors. The Challenge Course Directors will contact the person making the reservation a month or so in advance to verify attendance and unit Challenge Course Instructors. Be sure to respond to the Director’s phone call or e-mail message or your unit will not be able to use the Challenge Course.

Camp Use Policy Back to Top

Those desiring to use the camping properties of the Greater St. Louis Area Council must secure a permit in advance from the Camping Service at the Scout Service Center. No unit will be permitted to remain on the property without a permit. All packs, troops, crews, and posts must check in with the camp ranger upon arrival in camp.

Those persons using camping facilities can help to preserve the properties and Scouting's favorable image by observing the points listed.

LEADERSHIP FOR HIKING AND CAMPING - All Cub, Scout, Venturer, and Explorer groups using our facilities must be supervised by at least one registered Scouter, 21 years of age or older, and one leader 18 or older who are in attendance full time.
Co-ed crews or posts must have a male and a female leader both 21 years old or older and approved by the sponsoring institution and the parents of the Explorers or Venturers.
A minimum of 2 Scouts and 2 leaders are required for any Scouting activity.

CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT - All units must check in and out of camp with either the Camp Director or Camp Ranger on duty, and fill in the attendance blank, which is part of the permit form. A weekend is considered to start at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and end by 4 p.m. on Sunday.

FIRES - Build fires in a cleared area and put out all fires with water. Do not dig holes for fires. If rocks are used for fireplaces they must be returned to the edge of the camping area, to provide safety for mowers.

WOOD - Use only dead wood for fires. Do not cut down any trees. Chainsaw use is prohibited.

GARBAGE - TIN CANS, TRASH - bag all unburnables and bring to dumpsters. Do not burn any refuse.

MOTOR VEHICLES - Motor vehicles are to be parked in the areas provided. The speed limit at Beaumont, Lewallen, Joy, Warren Levis, Vandeventer, Rhodes France, and Pine Ridge is 15 miles per hour and at S bar F the speed limit is 20 miles per hour. Do not drive into camping areas.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING TO CAMP PROPERTY-

  • Firearms
  • Any alcoholic beverage or non-medically prescribed drugs.
  • Fireworks
  • No open flame lanterns or candles in tents.
  • Pets
  • Bicycles

Violators will be asked to leave the property.

CAMP BOUNDARIES - All Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers must stay within the camp's boundaries.

GUESTS - Any arrangements for guests must be approved in advance and noted on your reservation.

CAMP ENTRANCE GATES - will be locked between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

WATERCRAFT - Persons using watercraft are subject to the Boy Scouts of America Safety Afloat rules. Before making any plans to use either Council canoes or your own boat, contact the Camping Service. Watercraft is restricted to daylight hours. Use of personal watercraft must be approved in advance. Privately owned gas motors are not allowed at S bar F Ranch or Camp Lewallen.

FISHING - Fishing is available to registered members of our Council when their stay in camp is directly related to a unit or district outdoor event involving Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturers, or Explorers. There must be as many Scouts as leaders on fishing trips. All fishing must be done in accordance with the current regulations of the Missouri and/or Illinois Conservation Commissions. The use of live minnows for bait is prohibited on Council owned lakes. For fishing at S bar F Ranch or Camp Lewallen, all personnel between the ages of 16 and 65 must possess a current Missouri State Fishing License.

DAMAGE TO EQUIPMENT AND CABINS - All cabins, campsites, and equipment used by a unit will be inspected by the unit leader and Camp Director or Camp Ranger before being occupied or used. Any damages that occur are to be paid for when checking out. This includes defacing equipment and buildings, discharging fire extinguishers, destroying or defacing trees, etc.

SHOOTING RANGE - Qualified instructors must supervise all use of shooting ranges by Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers. To qualify, a leader must be at least 21 years of age and hold the appropriate instructor's certificate, .22, shotgun, or blackpowder, from the National Rifle Association. Only Camp furnished rifles and ammunition may be used.

PRESSURIZED FUEL - Leaders must follow the polices set forth in the guide to safe scouting regarding the use of chemical fuels and equipment. 

SWIMMING - Swimming is permitted in designated areas. Units are responsible for providing trained supervision as described in BSA Safe Swim Defense. 

We reserve the right to refuse property access at Council discretion.

Check In Procedure Back to Top

All units must check in and out of camp with either the Camp Director, Camp Ranger or Campmaster on duty, and fill in the attendance blank, which is part of the permit form. Units are to check in at the Rand Administrative Building/S - F Headquarters.

Check Out Procedure Back to Top

All units must check in and out of camp with either the Camp Director, Camp Ranger or Campmaster on duty, and fill in the attendance blank, which is part of the permit form. 

 
Cancellation Policy Back to Top
REFUND POLICY -
• All requests for refunds of money must be made in writing to the Camping Service. Council provided Refund Form must be used.
• At least 30 days prior notice of cancellation is required for refund of money or to change date of reservation.
• If the Camp Ranger or the Council cancels an activity because of weather conditions, a refund or credit will be issued to the unit.
Cleaning Policy Back to Top
Those reserving any amenity of the GSLAC are responsible for its care while in their possession and its cleaning when the activity has concluded.

Building use requires sweeping, mopping, removal of trash, removal of ash from fireplaces, and the replacement of all firewood used.

Activity usage requires cleaning of the individual parts of the activity prior to returning them to the camp ranger. Examples of these are rifles, shotguns, or ropes.

In addition, a complete policing of the area should be conducted by the members of the reserving unit in an effort to locate any forgotten trash.

Once the area has been thoroughly cleaned, please find a camp ranger to conduct a final inspection before departure.