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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.”

Tuesday
02
October 2018
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now on display at World Chess Hall of Fame

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.

Wednesday
02
August 2017
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Sinquefield Invention Lab now open
at Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation

by Dean Minderman

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The Sinquefield Invention Lab and Training Center at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation is officially open.

Owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America Great Rivers Council and built with funding from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, the 6,000-square-foot facility (pictured) is designed to provide Scouts and students from across Missouri with an opportunity to work with technology and become inventors and entrepreneurs for life.

Sitting on a bluff-top overlooking the Lake at the 44-mile marker, the Invention Lab currently houses laptop computers, 3D printers, laser engravers, CNC routers, embroidery machines, Scan-n-Cut machines, littleBits, soldering equipment, with woodworking tools and materials in a program building nearby.

More equipment, including vinyl printers and multimedia software, will be added later. In addition to providing access to a variety of tools, the lab also will offer instruction on leadership, business, creativity, and sustainability.

It will serve as the flagship of a new pilot program called Invention Scouts, and also will be available to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Explorers, students, and adults from across Missouri.

“We want to help Scouts, students, and adults to make their ideas come to life,” said Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. “Becoming an inventor and an entrepreneur is so much more than just technology. It’s also about understanding business, manufacturing and production, leadership, marketing, creativity, and most importantly, how we can use what we learn to serve the community.”

The Great Rivers Council (GRC) is the first council in the Boy Scouts of America to own and operate an Invention Lab and to offer Invention Scouts, a pilot program designed to inspire scouts to become inventors and entrepreneurs for life.

Invention Scouts is coeducational, so young men and women ages 11-21 can join, and no prior scouting experience is required.

Merit badge instruction currently includes entrepreneurship, inventing, woodwork, radio, engineering, game design, electronics, sustainability, model design and building, sculpture, and graphic arts.

Drew Wood, the Invention Lab’s Summer Camp Director, said, “In the lab we provide the opportunity for Scouts to use equipment they may have never seen before. We give them time to use their creative juices to design and create brand new things. They are challenged through merit badge requirements and competitions.”

“We are very proud to open the Invention Lab this summer to our Scouts in camp,” said Doug Callahan, Scout Executive of Great Rivers Council. “It will become a resource for local community youth as well as attract Scouts from other states to learn the business of invention.”

The Great Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America serves 33 counties in central and north east Missouri and serves over 5,000 young people in 250 Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, and Explorer posts. Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation is Missouri’s premiere destination Boy Scout Camp serving Scouts in the Great Rivers Council, throughout Missouri, and neighboring states.

You can learn more about the Sinquefield Invention Lab and the Invention Scouts program at InventionScouts.org.

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July 2017
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