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June 3, 2019

Cub & Webelos Resident Camp          
Cub Resident camp is coming June 14 – 17.  You’ve heard the buzz about the exciting adventures in store for Cub Scouts at Camp Decorah this summer. Make plans now to join us for the ultimate overnight Cub Scout adventure.  This year’s program will feature:  Glow in the Dark night hike; swimming in the Camp Decorah pool; bb guns, archery, and wrist rockets; crafts; nature hike; meals in the dining hall; campfires, skits, and songs. Cubs will have the chance to earn belt loops and make many new friends. Adults will enjoy seeing their Scout grow. There will be different activities completed based on the Scouts rank.  Individual families can attend as well as a Pack or Den.
Check in is between 1pm-5pm on Friday and Camp concludes after closing campfire at 8pm Sunday (families can camp overnight if they wish and depart on Monday morning).
Cub Resident Camp is open to Scouts who will be entering grades 1 – 5 in Fall 2019. Scouts who will be Tigers should attend with an adult. 
Camp is happening soon so pre-register at:

Camp Staff
Camp Decorah still has openings available for the summer Camp Staff or you can serve as a Counselor in Training.  It is a great opportunity to mentor youth and enjoy the outdoors for the summer.

Camp Decorah Provisional Scouts BSA Camping          June 23-29 & July 7-13, 2019
Did you know that Camp Decorah offers the chance for every Scouts BSA member to attend summer camp? Just because they are not able to attend summer camp with their unit does not mean that they can not enjoy the activities and excitement of Camp Decorah. The Provisional Program is where a scout can attend Summer camp and a high-quality unit will adopt them for the week. They will get to experience the opportunities of the climbing tower, the shooting range and get that great summer camp experience. If your Scout is interested in attending Summer camp at Camp Decorah contact Clark and he can help you with the process. Clark can be reached at 906-285-0466 or

Prairie Du Chien Day Camp          June 8, 2019
Scoutnite is terrific for Cub Scouts of all ages, ranks to test their skills with other Cub Scouts and trade secrets.  Attend with your Pack or attend with your adult partner. Make sure to share with them the secrets of Scout Nite. We will have great activites like sling shot, bb gun, archery, obstacle course, rocket launch and a treasure hunt.

Reserve the date of Saturday June 8th at La Riviere Park on Vineyard Coulee Road SE in Prairie du Chien. Find all the details and pre-register here:

Scout Night at the La Crosse Speedway          June 22, 2019
Scouts have raced their cars at the Pinewood Derby and now can experience the big cars racing at the La Crosse Speedway. Hear the roar of the engines and the smell of rubber going around the sharp corners. Scouts in uniform will be admitted for free and parents will be admitted for half-price. That night Scouts will be able to have their picture taken with the drivers and before the race and be able to visit the pit after the race. Come on out and enjoy a great night at the La Crosse Speedway. Find all the details and pre-register here:

Cub Scout Pop Up C amps          July 15-19, 2019
Camp Decorah is excited to bring you the outdoor adventure of Cub Scouting in your backyard.  All kids entering grades K – 5 for the Fall are invited to join us for a day of exciting activities.  Note: Pop Up Camp will feature different programming than what kids will get at Cub&Webelos Adventure Camp and Week Long Day Camp.
Highlights will include:  Scout Skills; Portable BB Gun Range; Archery; Crafts; Field Games; New Friends; Full Day of Fun.
Program open to all kids, bring a non-Scout friend.  Only $40 for a full day of programming, extended stay option available for $5 extra.
Find all the details and pre-register here: 
Dates/ Locations/ Registration Links Here:
July 15—Houston Nature Center, 215 W. Plum Street, Houston
July 16—Monroe County Fairgrounds, 1625 Butts Avenue, Tomah
July 17—Buffalo City Park, 26 N. Humboldt Street, Buffalo City
July 18—Merchants Baseball Field, 1477 County Road K, Osseo
July 19—Fisherman’s Park, East Avenue, Sparta

Brownsea Base Camp          July 21-24, 2019
Your program is intended to teach you and give you the opportunity to earn lots of requirements from Scout through First Class. You will also have the opportunity to earn your Firem’n Chit and Totin’ Chip, while you stay over at Camp Decorah. Integrated into this Brownsea Base Camp  are two pre-selected Eagle required Merit badges - swimming & first aid. This is a great program for Webelos who have just crossed over. Find all the details and pre-register here:

Merit Badge Days          July 22, 24 and/or 26, 2019
Join us at Camp Decorah for Summer Merit Badges! Scouts can work on one Merit Badge throughout the day. Each Merit Badge class is expected to take around six hours. Some badges will have requirements for scouts to work on prior to arrival. Classes are subject to cancellation if less than 3 scouts are preregistered. Departure time will vary based on Merit Badge. Find all the details and pre-register here:

High Adventure - Adrenaline Days          July 23 & 25, 2019
Adrenaline Days may very well be the highlight of your Scouting Summer! Participants spend the day participating in various action packed activities - including the following: 100yd shooting, climbing, and out on the water. (canoe/kayak rotation) Additional Shooting Sports will be available. Adults are welcome to join. Find all the details and pre-register here:

Peak of Adventure-Canoe Trip          July 26-28, 2019
How much better can it get than to sit around the waters edge in the morning hearing only the wild birds and the wind in the trees, or to sit around the embers of a dying campfire and discuss the day's activities. While on the trip, participants will  tent  off shore, under the stars. This canoe trip will take you from Black River Falls to  Camp Decorah. Limit of 12 participants. Find all the details and pre-register here:

Camp Shirt—Pre-Order
Scouts BSA Summer Campers and Cub Scout Resident Campers...

Order your Summer Camp T-shirt now for each camper and it will be waiting for your unit when you arrive!
To order, figure out who wants a t-shirt and their size, then:
  1. login to the website
  2. click on the event box for your camp registration
  3. scroll down to the participants and click on the participant
  4. click on the "Manage Registration" box and choose "Edit Registration"
  5. click on "next" and "next" and you should see all the available classes including the new t-shirts at the bottom
  6. scroll down to see all the green t-shirt sizes and choose the size for that participant by clicking "add class"
  7. choose "next"
  8. click on Complete
  9. do this for all your adult and youth participants, then checkout and pay by credit card, eCheck or bring in a check.
 If you need any assistance on this, please contact Clark Garthwait and he can help you with the process. Clark can be reached at 906-285-0466 or

Scout Night at The Loggers          July 27, 2019
Take me out to the Ballgame- and let me camp there too! Join us to watch the Loggers Game, camp out & watch a movie on the Jumbotron! The next morning, the Loggers Team will come play baseball & join the fun! $26
includes everything you need to have a blast - Admission, hot dog with soda, Camp Out, Breakfast the following morning & a cool patch to commemorate the fun! Find all the details and pre-register here:

Cub Scout Week Long Day Camp          August 12-16, 2019
Join us Under the Sea for an End of Summer Bash! Five days of day camp awaits your Scout. Cub Scouts and siblings welcome, for 5 full, exciting days of camp activities, shooting sports, nature, swimming, and special guests.  A themed camp full of fun. Options for single days, busing, siblings, and more. Your scouts will talk your ear off with all they did that day until they fall asleep on the way home. Find all the details and pre-register here:

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills          July 26-28, 2019
Great for anyone spending time with youth camping but Required for Scoutmasters & Assistants. This fun-filled program of hands-on outdoor training uses the patrol method to help Scout BSA leaders master basic camp skills required for Tenderfoot to First Class, and for WEBELOS leaders to take Scouts on overnight camping outings. 
Find all the details and pre-register here:
BALOO | Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation          July 27-28, 2019
Cub Scout Packs may conduct a pack campout (overnight) activity, as long as the activity is conducted under the direction of a leader in the pack trained to do so.  The training course to prepare these leaders is called Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO for short). BALOO training sets a unit up to carry out a successful camping experience for Scouts. Find all the details and pre-register here:

Scouting's Commitment to Safety

The BSA and the Gateway Area Council are committed to the safety of all youth and adult members.
Youth Protection training is required for all members. This training requires that two-deep leadership be in place for all events, meetings, and activities.
Any suspicion of an incident in Scouting should be reported to the Scout Executive immediately - either though the Gateway Area Service Center, 608-784-4040, or directly to Joe Carlson, Scout Executive,; 608-615-0298.

Wood Badge          September 20-22/October 11-13, 2019
The purpose of Wood Badge is to develop skilled leaders who can strengthen Scouting units in achieving the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. Topics include Managing Conflict, Communicating, Listening to Learn, Valuing People and Leveraging Diversity, Stages of Team Development, Coaching and Mentoring, Project Planning and much, much more. Find all the details and pre-register here:

Lawn Social 2019          July 17, 2019
Come on out for a fun evening of adult-friendly fundraiser at the 24th Annual Lawn Social event hosted by Mike and Joyce Diveley. This event raises over $60,000 to provide resources for our local Scouts, programs, and Camp Decorah. This tailgate themed event will have your favorite gameday food items catered by The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern, beverages by Pepsi and Pearl Street Brewery, and both silent and live auctions. To attend, we ask for an at-will donation given online or at the door. Help impact the lives of local Scouts by joining us from 5:30-9:00 pm. Find all the details and pre-register here:
Golfing for Scouting 2019          August 19, 2019
All golfers and Scouting supporters are invited to one of the Coulee Regions best courses for the annual Golfing for Scouting fundraiser. Join us August 19th at the La Crosse Golf & Country Club. There are options for a business to join in the corporate challenge and afternoon golfing for teams as well.  This event is full of great add-ons like:  18 holes in the AM; lunch; 18 holes in PM; prizes on most holes; 4 hole in one chances for a Dahl Automotive vehicle; steak dinner; silent auction; prizes; and more. 
Find all the details and pre-register here:
District Kickoff Night          August 13 & 15, 2019
We will be hosting a Fall Recruitment and a Fall Popcorn Kickoff Night in August. We ask all units to please bring their New Member Coordinator and their Popcorn Kernels.
The District Executives will be discussing with you about your current unit leadership, your new member coordinator, and your popcorn kernel for the fall.
Eagle Scout Recommendation Letter
To all prospective Eagle Scouts and Boy Scout leaders. A new change is being added to expedite the Eagle Scout Board of Review. When the Scout turns in his or her completed Project book, they will be expected to either email (downloaded from the BSA website) or mail out recommendation letters to all references listed on their Eagle Scout application. A note explaining how important it is to return the recommendation as soon as possible, should be attached. When all recommendation letters are returned to the Scout office, the Scouts Board of review will then be scheduled for the following month. Any questions can be referred to the Scout office or call Paul Stuhr (386-3232).
Online Registration and E-Checks
The online event registration module from the website now allows for e-checks to be accepted as registration for events. You will see this option in the payment area. Credit Card payment or mailing a check in to the office are also options. Please note that for e-checks to work your unit or personal checking account should ACH compliant.
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2600 Quarry Road | La Crosse, WI 54601

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