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First-ever Invention Jamboree introduces
Scouts to new technologies and tools

by Dean Minderman

Nearly 400 Scouts, adult leaders and volunteers from Missouri and Kansas attended the first-ever Invention Jamboree presented by the Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America from Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15 at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation in Gravois Mills, MO.

Taking advantage of the Reservation’s unique features, Scouts who came to the Jamboree got to participate in activities including robotics, welding, blacksmithing, woodworking, graphic design, shooting, climbing, flying radio-controlled drones, conducting search-and-rescue operations using geo-spatial mapping, and more.

All attendees also spent time in the reservation’s Sinquefield Invention Lab, the center of the council’s Invention Campus and Invention Scout program and the only facility of its kind at any Scout camp in the nation.

Experts who were on hand to work with Scouts included professional inventor Steve Goldstein; designer Eric Mosul; Dr. Rob Duncan, former vice chancellor of research at the University of Missouri and currently professor and distinguished chair in physics at Texas Tech; Dr. Annette Sobel, associate professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; and members of the prize-winning robotics team from the FIRST® LASER program at Camdenton High School in Camdenton, MO.

Governor Parson visits the Sinquefield Invention Lab

Missouri Governor Mike Parson also made an appearance at the Invention Jamboree, visiting on Saturday afternoon to observe various activities, meet some of the Scouts and Scout leaders, and even try his hand at operating a radio-controlled aerial drone.

In addition to working directly with Scouts, the guest experts served as judges for the Jamboree’s invention competition. The Scout winner of the competition was Michael Powell of Troop 706 in Columbia, MO, who used CAD software and a 3-D printer to create new designs for “camping beads” collected by Scouts to mark participation in specific campouts and activities. The adult winner was Morgan Dailey of Troop 6, also in Columbia, who used various power and hand tools to build a portable “ladder ball” game.

“The response from everyone who came was overwhelmingly positive,” said Thomas Yang, Invention Scouts Executive and Director of Sinquefield Invention Lab & Program Building. “We think this event is a model for what Scouting can be in the 21st century.” In all, 40 different Scout troops were represented at the event, including eight all-female troops, Yang said, with girls comprising 35% of the total Scout attendance.

With headquarters in Columbia, MO, the Great Rivers Council of Scouts BSA serves youth and adults in 33 counties in central and northeast Missouri. The Council’s Invention Scouts program is made possible by generous support from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

The Invention Jamboree was presented by the Great Rivers Council and co-sponsored by the Missouri Innovation Center and the Buttonwood Business Center, with support from the National Academy of Inventors, VentureWell, ESRI, Saint Louis University Geographic Information Sciences Department, State Technical College of Missouri, and the Midwest Woodworkers Association.

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Scouts to learn invention skills at first-ever Invention Jamboree

by Dean Minderman


Scouts from all over the USA will get a chance to exercise their creativity with a variety of tools and technologies at the first-ever Invention Jamboree, presented by the Great Rivers Council from Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15 at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation in Gravois Mills, MO.

Taking advantage of the Reservation’s unique features. Scouts attending the event will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with everything from 3-D printers and aerial drones to welding and woodworking equipment at the Jamboree’s participatory Invention Stations. Attendees also will get to meet working inventors; see invention-related exhibits; and take part in an optional invention competition.

The main activity of the Jamboree will be the Invention Stations, which will be grouped into three “paths” named after famous Missouri inventors George Washington Carver, Edwin Hubble, and James Fergason.

Each path has its own theme and will include four stations, letting Scouts participate in activities including robotics, welding, blacksmithing, woodworking, graphic design, shooting, climbing, flying radio-controlled drones, conducting search-and-rescue operations using geospatial mapping, and more.

All groups also will spend time in the reservation’s Sinquefield Invention Lab, which serves as the center of the council’s Invention Campus and Invention Scout program and offers access to equipment including 3-D printers, computer-controlled C&C machines, laser engravers, and more.

The optional Invention Competition will provide an opportunity for Scouts and adult leaders to showcase their own inventions, with separate divisions for each, and prizes and plaques for the top three places.

Participants will have the opportunity to explain, demonstrate and get feedback on their work from a panel of judges including professional inventor Steve Goldstein and Dr. Rob Duncan, former vice chancellor of research at the University of Missouri and currently professor and distinguished chair in physics at Texas Tech.

Located on the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks near Laurie, Missouri, the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation includes 450 acres and a mile and one-half of shoreline. The premier Scout camp in the Midwest, the reservation encompasses 13 scenic campsites for year-round use; a state-of-the-art swimming pool; facilities for climbing, shooting sports, and more; and the Sinquefield Invention Lab, the only facility of its kind at any Scout camp in the nation.

With headquarters in Columbia, MO, the Great Rivers Council of Scouts BSA serves youth and adults in 33 counties in central and northeast Missouri. The Council’s Invention Scouts program is made possible by generous support from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

The Invention Jamboree is presented by the Great Rivers Council and is co-sponsored by the Missouri Innovation Center and the Buttonwood Business Center. The Jamboree is open to members of Scouts BSA, Venture Scouts and Explorers from all Councils. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.bsa-grc.org/.

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Sinquefield Invention Lab in the news

by Dean Minderman

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The official opening of the Sinquefield Invention Lab and Training Center at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation has drawn press coverage from across Missouri and the USA.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured the Lab in a story by reporter Allison Colburn published on Thursday, July 13 and headlined “Does your kid have a wild imagination? He or she could become an Invention Scout.”

Colburn’s story explains the concept of the Lab and briefly recounts the story of how it came to be, along the way quoting Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation; Doug Callahan, Scout executive of the Great Rivers Council, which operates the Lab; and Lab manager Brendan Bagby.

Then on Monday, July 24, the Columbia Missourian published a feature story about the Lab by reporter Michael Cali, “New mid-Missouri invention lab offers Scouts a place to build their ideas.”

The feature includes quotes from Dr. Sinquefield and Babgy; Invention Scouts executive Thomas Yang; inventor and Scoutmaster Steve Goldstein, who helped Dr. Sinquefield develop the idea for the Lab; and from several Scouts who have had a chance to work in the Lab.

That story got picked up by the Associated Press, and with variations on the headline “Invention lab lets Missouri Boy Scouts build ideas,” ran in newspapers across the country, including the Centre Daily Times (Philadelphia), Bradenton Herald (Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota, FL), Bellingham Herald (Seattle-Tacoma, WA), Miami Herald, Modesto Bee, Sacramento Bee, Belleville News-Democrat, Charlotte Observer, News & Observer (Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville, NC), Rock Hill Herald (Greenville-Spartanburg, SC-Asheville, NC – Anderson, SC), Fresno Bee, TriCity Herald (Spokane, WA), The State (Columbia, SC), Hilton Head Island Packet, Myrtle Beach Sun News, and SanLuisObispo.com.

In conjunction with their story, the Missourian also produced a short video, which you can see in the embedded window below.

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