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Gateway Area Council Updates

Latest News on the Council's Key Programs for outdoor adventure, family fun, character building, leadership and so much more!

Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing & Exploring!


January - April 2020

Important changes for Friends of Scouting 2020:

- Packs and Troops are requested to schedule their FOS presentation at a Troop Court of Honor or a Pack Blue & Gold Banquet prior to April 15, 2020. Other events with strong parent attendance work well, too.

- Family FOS raises funds that support the units. This includes camp facilities, training for leaders, staff support and guidance to unit leaders, a Scout Service Center, membership recruitment resources, financial assistance for Scouting families in need, camperships, and more!

- The cost to support one Scout is $175. The family support level is $250. All gifts made at $175 or above will receive a 2020 FOS shoulder patch. Gifts made at a $250 or above level will receive a Scout Law print (unframed).

- Units that meet their FOS goal will receive free rank advancement badges (does not include merit badges) AND a credit to be used in the Scout Shop or at Gateway Scouting events. The credit will be equivalent to 5% of the dollars raised at the FOS presentation. 

For more information please speak with a member of your District FOS team.

February 1, 2020 - Merit Badge Day

Attention Scout Leaders and Scouts!

The Gateway Area Council's Merit Badge Day will be held on Saturday February 1st, 2020. This year's Merit Badge Day will take place at Western Technical College in La Crosse. It will run from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Lunch will be provided along with a presentation from the college.

Class sizes will be limited this year, so you may want to sign up early to make sure you get your first choice on your course.

Registration is only open until January 24th, 2020 (5:00pm) so do not hesitate and register soon!

There will be NO at-the-door registrations.

Find Merit Badge Day detailed information and Register here.



To ALL of Order of the Arrow members and their guests!!!   Our Winter banquet is only a few weeks away and everyone is invited to come to Camp Decorah on Saturday, February 1 and meet our new officers, hear the highlights from 2019, sign up for door prizes, listen to our guest speakers, and hear about what’s coming in 2020 and beyond.   

Please check your calendars and register online to spend a few hours with the rest of your Brothers celebrating what the Lodge has accomplished in 2019 and what is in store for 2020.   This is also a great time to pay your 2020 dues---$15.00!!!

COST:   $ 15.00 PER PERSON
6:00 PM     DINNER
6:30 PM     PROGRAM
The Bear Clan Singers and Dancers are from the Wisconsin Dells and are a renowned troupe of Ho-Chunk professional entertainers. This family led group have won innumerable awards and championships at pow wows all over the country.  They have been taught the ways and meanings of their Woodlands dances as handed down from generations.  You will see the dances, hear the stories and meaning of each dance and may even be invited to participate in a dance.

For more information on all lodge activities, go to Gateway Area Council - Order of the Arrow.


February 8, 2020 - Scouting Now, Scouting How Symposium 

Join us on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at UW-La Crosse for an interactive training to help your unit take advantage of new technological resources available in Scouting to help your units & families.

Content will include: "Intro to; BeAScout; ScoutBook Basics; and JTE/Good Turn for America,"

Details can be found here.



February 19, 2020 

Make plans to attend the Golden Eagle Dinner!

The annual Golden Eagle Dinner will be held on February 19, 2020 at The Cargill Room.  This year's event features former Green Bay Packer general manager and executive vice president and NFL Hall of Fame member, Ron Wolf!

Register to attend or make your contribution here.
Contact for more information. 


February 22, 2020 - Polar Day Camp 
Cub Scouts come and join the fun of Polar Day Camp at Camp Decorah
Our exciting theme is THE YETI.
Come out and freeze, shiver, chatter your teeth and have all kinds of Fun!
We will have all kinds of cold weather games including a scavenger hunt as well as our signature shooting sports and a warm place to warm your toes and grab some hot chocolate before you freeze!
Please bring a reusable cup, one can of non– cream soup for our commissioners’ soup. A hot lunch will be provided.
Find all the information here. 

Facebook Posts - Share Your Unit in Action!

Share your pictures of Scouting in action, especially community service projects and conservation projects! You can send your pictures via a Facebook message to the Gateway Area Council Facebook Page or via email to

Seven Rivers District Spring Camporee

I’m happy to announce that we have an exciting Spring Camporee taking place May 1st-3rd of 2020. This camping experience is hosted at the Trailhead Park in Houston, Minnesota.! The Spring Camporee will provide all Scouts with an excellent example of what Scouts BSA programs are all about!

You can look forward to 2 nights of camping, mentorship from other Scouts and Unit leaders in the Seven Rivers District, as well as fulfilling some necessary badge requirements.

Some of the great actives that will be included
  • Camping
  • Nature Center Exploration
  • Fire Building Competitions
  • Lashing Station
  • Basic Orienteering
  • Service Project Opportunities
  • Wilderness First Aid
We are lucky to have Troop 53, 531, and 15 hosting the Seven Rivers District Spring Camporee in 2020.

Everyone in the Seven Rivers district is welcome to this great Scouting event.

Any questions, please contact Matthew Flickema, District Executive at

Scouts BSA Summer Camp Reservations - Register by Jan. 31, 2020 for your two free leader polo shirts!

Registration is now open for summer 2020 Scouts BSA camp at Camp Decorah.  All units who have a completed site reservation prior to 1/31/20 will receive two adult leader polo shirts. Find all the information, including session dates here

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Plan now for the National Jamboree: July 21-30, 2021

The Gateway Area Council will be sending a contingent of youth Scouts BSA members to the 2021 National Jamboree at The Summit in West Virginia. Scouts must be at least 12 years old and have the rank of First Class at the time of the Jamboree.

Only 36 spots for Scouts BSA members are available. We will be working with neighboring councils to do a shared contingent for female Scouts BSA members.

To hold your spot plan to make a $100 deposit and complete the online form found at Gateway Scouting National Jamboree Deposit Fom


2021 National Jamboree: Adult Leaders Needed

The Gateway Area Council will be sending a contingent of youth Scouts BSA members to the 2021 National Jamboree at The Summit in West Virginia and needs adult leadership applicants. The Jamboree contingent adult leadership team will consist of three adults over the age of 21 and an assistant scoutmaster between the ages of 18 - 21.  An interview process will occur in February 2020 for interested applicants. 

To express an interest please submit a "Scouting Resume" (summary of Scouting accomplishments and positions) to prior to January 15, 2020.



2020 Recharter

Unit Charter Renewals are requested to be completed by Jan. 31, 2020.

Rechartering is an online function. You can request your access code from or from your District Executive. 

New this year, all adults rechartering must have the criminal background authorization form check on file.
The form can be accessed here.  Recharter paperwork is due in to the office by 1/31/20.

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