Great Rivers Council, BSAInvention Scouts Page


Introduction: The Great Rivers Council is proud to be the first council in the entire Boy Scouts of America to have Invention Scouts as part of its scouting curriculum.  Invention Scouts was started in 2015 by Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield; with the mission of helping scouts become "inventors and entrepreneurs for life".  For more information on the evolution of Invention Scouts, please go to www.inventionscouts.org.  

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Facilities & Resources: Invention Scouts has a wide-variety of resources that can be utilized by your unit.  The flagship of Invention Scouts is the Sinquefield Invention Lab & Program Building located at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation; opened in May 2017.  The Great Rivers Council is currently the only council to have an invention lab.  It is a 6000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility fitted with a multitude of cutting-edge technology including Epilog Lasers, 3D Afinia Printers, ShopBot CNC Routers, blacksmithing & metalworking equipment, and a full woodworking area among others.  There are eight focuses of the Sinquefield Invention Lab & Program Building: electronics & robotics, 2D design & woodworking, 3D design, print & design, multimedia, blacksmithing & metalworking, leadership, business & ethics, and creativity.  In addition to its cutting-edge technology and spacious 6000 squarefoot interior, the lab is completely climate-controlled.  The lab also has two bathrooms fitted with showers, a full kitchen, and a widescreen monitor that can be used for teaching as well as entertainment purposes.  

In addition, the Great Rivers Council has two mobile invention labs, a 14-foot trailer and a 24-foot trailer.  Designed by three Eagle Scouts, the mobile invention labs embody the mission of Invention Scouts.  Each mobile lab can be hooked onto a truck and taken anywhere in the council.  Each is fitted with an Epilog Laser, 3D Afinia Printers, a Brother Embroidery Machine, and littleBits among others.  The mobile labs are great tools for school night join sessions, unit meeting activities, weekend activities, and more!  To learn how to reserve the mobile lab for your unit, please contact Invention Scouts Executive, Thomas Yang, at thomas.yang@scouting.org or (573) 449-2561 x 210.  


For a more comprehensive look at the mobile invention labs, please click here

Program: Invention Scouts provides a unique, fun, accessible, and inexpensive program to ALL levels of scouting (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, & Exploring).  Invention Scouts activities and events are offered year-round.

Invention Scouts Activity Calendar August - December 2018

To schedule unit level activities, please contact Thomas Yang.  To get regular updates on Invention Scout activities and events, please join the GRC email list

For a comprehensive overview of Invention Scouts activities at camp, please visit Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation page here.

Units & Advancement: In addition to providing program to the BSA's traditional and non-traditional scouters, Invention Scouts has its own units.  Boys and girls, aged 11-21, can join an Invention Scouts unit.  An Invention Scout unit is chartered and organized very much like a crew or post.  Invention Scouts also has its own advancement.  There are four ranks in Invention Scouts: Invention Scout, Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master.  For more information on what a typical Invention Crew or Post looks like and how they can advance, please click here

If you have any questions or are interested in starting/joining an Invention Scouts unit, please contact Thomas Yang.   


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