Boy Scouts of America


The Sinquefield family has been involved in Scouting since 1924, when Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield’s Grandpa Cairns and his brother Edward joined as Boy Scouts.

Grandpa Cairns earned the rank of Life Scout and later become a scoutmaster. His son Fred, who joined in 1955, also became a Life Scout, and his daughter Jeanne began serving as a Den Mother in 1986. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield’s two sons Randy and Luke both made the rank of Eagle Scout, and their daughter Katie was an Explorer.

Although her days as a Den Mother for her own children may be over, Dr. Sinquefield continues to serve as a member of the executive board for the Five Rivers District of the Great Rivers Council, which covers 33 counties from Interstate 44 to Iowa.

For her many years of volunteer work, ranging from Cub Scouts, Webelos, and Boy Scout Leader, to a District Chair and Council Board Member, she was recognized with the Silver Beaver Award, which is given to registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. The Western Los Angeles County Council of the Boy Scouts also honored both Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield in 2005 with the Americanism Award for their philanthropic endeavors.

In keeping with Rex’s interest in chess, the Sinquefields were instrumental in the creation of a Chess Merit Badge, which has been earned by more than 250,000 Scouts since it was introduced in 2011.