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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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Chess set made by Boy Scout at Sinquefield Invention Lab
now on display at World Chess Hall of Fame

by Dean Minderman


A metal and wood chess set designed and built by a Boy Scout at the Sinquefield Invention Lab now is on display at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis.

Chandler Francis, a 17-year-old who lives in Blue Springs, MO and is a Life Scout in Troop 49 in Nelson, MO, made the set during the summer of 2018 to earn his Metalworking merit badge.

The Sinquefield Invention Lab, which is located at the Great Rivers Council’s Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation near Laurie, MO, was established in 2017 “to facilitate hands-on education and invention of new ideas and technologies, while utilizing problem-solving skills, creativity, and imagination in a team environment.”

The Metalworking badge requires learning about alloys, metalworking techniques, and safety. The Scout chooses one of four options – sheet metal mechanic/tinsmith, silversmith, founder, or blacksmith – and then must complete a project.

Francis (pictured) used the Invention Lab’s Epilog laser to create the wooden board for the set, and, with the assistance of camp counselor Justin Tattich, made the metal pieces at the reservation’s nearby blacksmithing pavilion.

While the badge requires Scouts to forge two objects — one with a decorative twist and one with a hammer-riveted joint – Francis created all 32 pieces needed to make a complete set using a variety of forging techniques.

“We congratulate Chandler on being featured at the World Chess Hall of Fame,” says Doug Callahan, Scout Executive of the Great Rivers Council. Callahan says the camp and council are “proud to have helped him in this endeavor, and we hope his creativity inspires other Scouts.”

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