Boy Scouts of America Greater St. Louis Area Council
335 West Main Street
Belleville, IL 62220
Hours of OperationMonday-Friday
9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Closed Weekends and Holidays
There are 299 Local Councils across the United States chartered by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America.
In 1965, the Mississippi Valley Council and the Kaskaskia Council merged to become the Okaw Valley Council. In 1991, the Piasa Bird Council and the Cahokia Mounds Council merged to create the Trails West Council. In 2009, the Okaw Valley and Trails West Councils consolidated to create the Lewis & Clark Council. The Council encompasses Bond, Calhoun, Clay, Clinton, Greene, Jefferson, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington, and Wayne counties. The Lewis & Clark Council is the largest council in Southern Illinois serving over 23,000 youth, and has an operating budget of $2.4 million.
A professional staff reporting to the Scout Executive runs the Council. Currently, the staff consists of 14 Professional staff, 7 Support staff, 3 Senior Para-Professionals and other in-school Para-Professionals. The Professional staff is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Council.
The Executive Board is composed of a cross section of volunteers from throughout the Council and assists the Scout Executive. An Advisory Committee composed of prominent citizens also assists the Council.
The Council is divided into five districts: Black Gold, Cahokia Mounds, Kaskaskia, Piasa Bird, and St. Clair. Each District is supported by the District Executive, a paid position; a District Chairman; and District Commissioner, both volunteer positions. The council also has a Special Programs division supported by a team of professionals and para-professionals. The District Chairman and the Commissioners recruit, train, and motivate a large committee of other volunteers to service the Scout units in that District. Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venture Crews, and Explorer Posts make up each district. The largest district is St. Clair and incorporates the cities of Belleville, Shiloh, and O Fallon.