Contact Title:
Scout Executive
Contact Name:
Gary Mertz
2336 Oak Street
Quincy, IL 62301
Phone Number:
(217) 224-0204
Fax Number:
(217) 224-6029
Friends of Scouting, Memorials and Tributes, Capital Fund Donations, and Endowment Fund Donations

Quincy, IL
Children and Family Services, Education

Mississippi Valley Council 141, Boy Scouts of America

To prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Founded in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Scouting continues to: Offer young people responsible fun and adventure; Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law; Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership; Serve America’s communities and families with its quality, values-based program.
Programs for All Ages: Tiger Cubs is a one-year, family-centered program for first grade boys and one or more adult family members. True to its motto, “Search, Discover, Share,” this program stresses fun activities and strengthening family bonds while helping each child build confidence and self-esteem. Cub Scouts is a family-centered program for boys second through fifth grade. This program capitalizes on a boy’s natural interests that foster self-esteem and teaches cooperation and the meaning of healthy competition through sports, games, crafts, skill building, recognition, camping and fun. Boy Scouts is a troop and patrol-centered program for boys in sixth grade through senior high school. This program builds self-esteem, resourcefulness and leadership skills through a blend of outdoor experiences, educational and instructional skills, recognition, value building and fun. Venturing is the young adult version of the BSA for young men and women ages 14-20. The purpose of this program is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Exploring is a unique and flexible program for young men and women 14-20 years of age. Its aim is to help youth make intelligent decisions about their future by giving them in-depth exposure to careers, while helping them participate in exciting, adult-style social, outdoor and community activities.
Ways to Give:
Friends of Scouting is the Mississippi Valley Council’s annual fund raising drive that draws on the support of the community, business, foundations, families and Scouting alumni for the wide range of facilities and programs we offer. Memorials and Tributes may support the Council’s programs, fund a special project and increase the Council’s Endowment Fund. Capital Fund Donations help maintain the two Council service centers, replace office and program equipment, and enhance the facilities of our outstanding camp properties: Saukenauk Scout Reservation and Camp Eastman. Endowment Fund Donations, whether through direct giving, deferred gifts, wills and trusts, help secure the future of scouting in this area. The principal of the funds remains intact, while the income is available for operating purposes.