Local boy scouts experienced the best of both worlds with an urban camping excursion this summer. The group of six scouts and two leaders caravanned down to the beautiful Beaumont Scout Reserve outside of St. Louis, Mo., where they set up camp for their five-day adventure. The troop pitched tents, prepared campfire meals, and thriftily packed lunches to fuel their city explorations. From their campsite, they were well situated for three day-trips into the city, jam-packed with awesome local experiences!
The first day they explored the world-famous St. Louis Zoo, marveling at the magnificent menagerie of exotic animals in their 90-acres of habitat. Their next stop, the St. Louis History Museum, helped them learn about the city around them. Equipped with their new-found knowledge, they mastered the Metro Link, using this public transit to travel to historic Laclede’s Landing. After a delicious visit to the Old Spaghetti Factory (complete with spumoni ice cream for dessert!) they enjoyed the beautiful vistas from inside the Gateway Arch in an evening tour of the city’s most famous landmark.
The next day, they set out to investigate the St. Louis Science Museum and James S. McDonnell Planetarium, both replete with awe-inspiring information and displays. After a full day of scientific inquiry, they sampled the local pizza style at Cecil Whittaker’s. After their evening meal, they took in a live performance of the Disney musical “Newsies” at The Muny outdoor theater.
Back for more excitement the next day, their escapades continued at the City Museum, a full warehouse of grown-up sized jungle gym adventure—knee pads highly recommended! After hours of high-energy fun, they refueled with a meal at St. Louis Bread Company, then headed to Busch Stadium for a barnburner of a baseball game where the hometown Cardinals narrowly prevailed over the Kansas City Royals. The troop celebrated the game and their incredible St. Louis adventures with a stop at the historic Route 66 Ted Drews Frozen Custard stand.
After another night in the great outdoors, they broke camp and began their seven-hour journey home. Thanks to Scoutmaster Jon Hagerott and Assistant Scoutmaster Heidi Myhre for leading this great adventure! Scouts in attendance were Andrew Klinski, Eric Myhre, Lyle Myhre, Laurent Stigeler, Noah Stigeler and Devon Vonderhoe.