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Gateway Scouting News

September 2019

We all know the benefits of Scouting and have seen it have a positive effect on our children. Scouting remains the most relevant and impactful youth organization. This month our goal is to invite all boys & girls and their families to be a part of the adventure of the Cub Scout program. Please share the benefits of the Scout program with family, friends, co-workers, or others.  

Find information about the School Signup Nights in your community, check out
Check out our 2019 Scouting Recruitment video here: 


Did you know that one of the programs offered by the Gateway Area Council is a CAREER EXPLORING program?  Yes, it's true!  
Exploring is a unique, career exploration program for all high school students.  The program provides students with an opportunity to learn about different career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields.  

Check out below to learn about the current programs offered this year:
          Law Enforcement - La Crosse Area
          Engineering - La Crosse Area
          Aviation - La Crosse Area
          Fire & EMT - Mauston Area
          Fire & EMT - Tomah / Oakdale Area

You can also learn more at or email Elizabeth Kramer, Exploring Chairperson, at



A team of Scout volunteers from the council has been hard at work over the summer months developing an annual calendar and program guidebook of Gateway Council activities and programs.  Packs and Troops were issued a copy of the Program Calendar at the August kickoff meetings. It can be found online here: Council Program Planning Calendar for 2019 - 2020

There are quick reference listings of programs found on these pages

          - All Cub Scout programs (see page 4)
          - All Scouts BSA programs (see page 5)
          - All Order of the Arrow programs (see page 6)
          - All Training programs (see page 7)
          - plus so much more information to help you plan your scouting year!

Fall 2019 School Night for Scouting Sponsors
The Gateway Area Council is proud to partner with several great businesses to support the Fall 2019 School Night for Scouting program. Sponsorship from these businesses help us go to extra efforts to promote Cub Scout sign ups so that every family can be invited to join Cub Scouting.  Thank you for your support!

Order of the Arrow Conclave             September 13-15, 2019
Officer Elections: We will be electing our 2019-2020 Section Officers Saturday evening.  More information about the different positions can be found here.
Training Sessions: Our training this year will focus on elections, inductions, and activation rate. Join us to learn more and help improve your lodge!
Open Activities: The afternoon of Conclave will feature slackline, ga-ga ball, shooting sports, lodge capture the flag, and more! Register early to secure your spot.
Hodag: Saturday night will cap off with a Hodag! A time of fun and excitement with games, food, music, and fellowship.
Patch Auction: Some highly collectible, limited edition patches will be available for auction in the dining hall on Saturday evening after dinner. Watch or join in the bidding of very cool and unique patches. Youth and adults will have separate patch auctions.
Very Important Arrowmen Luncheon: This is an opportunity for each Lodge Chief and two newer Arrowmen from each Lodge to enjoy a special lunch meal and meet some other outstanding youth leaders in the OA. This meal is by invitation only.

For more information and to register online, go to:

Wood Badge (Please Register Soon)          September 20-22 & October 11-13, 2019
The upcoming Wood Badge course has room for several more attendees. See here for a great testimonial from a current Wood Badge instructor on the great value of this course. 

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:


Oktoberfest Parade Float to represent Scouting!         
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:00am - 2:30pm

Signup to be a part of this year's Oktoberfest Maple Leaf Parade!  Dress in your scout uniform, walk along the parade route, hand out candy & flyers, and show off your scout spirit!

We need 20 Cub Scouts
We need 20 Scouts BSA 
We need 5 Venturers
We need 5 Explorers
We need 5 Adults 
Signup at:

If you would like to help build the float, please contact Elizabeth Kramer at  We have all the plans, just need your help!  Thanks!!

FALL CUB CAMP: Volunteers Needed Saturday, October 5, 2019 
9:00am - 3:00pm - Open Program
All new Cub Scout Families
Camp Decorah

Registration for Cub Scout Packs and Families:
We need volunteers to help run Fall Cub Camp! Brand new Cub Scouts have the opportunity to have their first outdoor adventure and be introduced to Camp Decorah, and we need your help to pull it off.
Fall Cub Camp serves as the first outdoor Scouting experience for a Cub Scout family. Summertime Cub Scout camp attendance has increased dramatically over the past couple years in part due to Fall Cub Camp.

We need your help in the roles listed below: Shooting Sports, Boating, Nature, Climbing Wall, Crafts, Bobcat Award, Registration, Parking, Food Service, and Trading Post.

Please RSVP to Joe Carlson,  


Sam Hagerman Memorial Trap Shoot & Dinner Thursday, October 10, 2019
Scouters are invited to participate in the Trap Shoot & Dinner event to raise funds for enhancements at Camp Decorah.  Join us for either the Trap Shoot or Dinner or both.  The Trap Shoot will be held at Holmen Rod & Gun Club – cost is $50/shooter or $200/team of 5.  Shooting blocks are 3pm-4pm or 4pm-5pm.

Dinner will be held at Drugan’s with a social at 6pm and meal/program at 6:30pm.  Cost is $50 / person or $250 / table of six.  Higher level sponsorships are available to help make a greater impact.  Program will feature a Scouting and Camp Decorah update; special guest speaker; and toasts and tributes to Sam.

Find all of the information and online registration here:


SAVE THE DATE - Spook-o-Ree - Cirque du Creep 2019         

On October 26, 2019 a circus like no other will take over Camp Decorah!

Cub Scout families while arrive at Camp Decorah between 12pm—1pm on Saturday, October 26 and depart after the activities are complete.

Your event fee will include Carnival Games during the day, a ghoulish dinner, haunting activities during the night.

Scouting families can register with their unit or as a scouting family. Siblings and non-scout friends are welcome to attend.

Overnight lodging is available with additional fee, for those wanting to stay over Saturday night.
Find more details here:

Philmont Opportunity
Troop 11 – La Crosse has several openings to join in on there 2020 Philmont trek.   There is room for up to 6 youth and 3 adults.  Any combination of Scouts / Scouters can help fill these spots.  Youth must be at least age 13 and have completed 8th grade. 

The trek is scheduled for July 18-25, 2020 with additional days before/after for travel to New Mexico.  Cost will be $650 plus travel expenses.  For more information please contact Chris Loyd, Troop 11, at 608-397-7084 or  Deadline to register is 9/30/19.  As treks like this require much advance planning please do not wait until the deadline if interested!


SAVE THE DATE - Scouting Now, Scouting How Symposium 

Save the date for November 2, 2019 to learn from leaders about how to improve scouting within your unit.

Find more details to come soon.

Popcorn Resources

All the resource items for the Fall 2019 popcorn sale can be found here:

There are several exciting changes for 2019 including new prizes and incentives for ALL scouts, including those whose units choose not to do a prize program;  FREE shipping of popcorn product for internet sales; a FREE credit card reader for units and more.

Orders for Show & Sell / Site Sale products should be placed by Sept. 14, 2019.

Scout Uniform Special Sale – 25% Discount

Through October 13, 2019 Scouts and Scouters can save 25% on a new uniform shirt if the shirt is purchased with a pair of Scout pants.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to update your Scouting Uniform for the 2019-2020 program year!


New Service Center Hours         

Effective Monday, August 26, 2019 the Gateway Area Council will have new hours for the Scouting Service Center. 

Standard weekly hours will be 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday.  The Service Center will be open until 6pm on Thursday evenings.  

The Service Center / Scout Shop is also open by appointment other days of the week.  Please submit your order via phone or email at least 12 hours ahead of time so we can have the items ready for you to pick up.  We are excited to see and assist you on an upcoming Monday!


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.

Online Registration and E-Checks
The online event registration from the website now allows for e-checks to be accepted as payment 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 be ACH compliant.
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