The Boy Scouts of America, founded in 1910, was based on the principles of duty to God, country, family and self. Today, the Ozark Trails Council continues that mission. The Council serves more than 16,000 youth and volunteers throughout 31 counties in South Central and Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas.

The Council is guided by a volunteer Executive Board composed of leading business professionals and community leaders. The Executive Board employs a Scout Executive, who in turn hires and directs a staff of 9 professionals, 10 support staff, and 2 camp rangers to carry out the day-to-day management of the Council.

The Council charters over 400 local organizations to conduct the Scouting program. These include churches, civic, community, service, fraternal, labor, business, and industrial organizations, schools and facilities for the handicapped.

Scouting strives to instill values in our young people - values that are essential to the future of our communities, nation, and world. Our members are trying to do their best to live by the promise and oath they recite at each meeting. These are not just words, they are a way of life.

The Ozark Trails Council is committed to providing the best possible Scouting experience to all of our members. Our mission is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.