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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!



  NEW!  Eagle Project Map

We've created an online map to show how our Eagle Scouts are making a positive impact on our community!

Check out the draft of this map at:

Put your Eagle Scout's Project on the Council's Online Map!

To add your Eagle Project to this map, just send an email to Elizabeth Kramer, with the following information:

 Scout Name:  
 Project Title:  
 Project Description (describe impact on the community):  
 Year it was Done:  
 Street address of where your Eagle Project is located:  
 Troop number:  
 IMPORTANT:   Attach picture (showing your Eagle project at its location if possible)

Any questions, please contact Elizabeth Kramer at


Holiday Giving Tree

The Scout Shop will be doing a holiday giving tree to gather uniform items for underprivileged Scouts.

More information on this program available here:

Merit Badge Day - Coming Soon!

The annual merit badge day event will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020, 8:30am - 3:30pm.

Make plans now to join us for a great day of merit badge instruction. If interested in serving as a merit badge counselor please contact Daniel Gatica at


Scouting Now, Scouting How Symposium 

A New Era of Scouting:
The Boy Scouts of America has come a long way since the first troop formed in 1910. There have been many changes throughout the years - changes that reflect a growing program; changes that meet the needs of its ever more diverse membership.

Please join us for a fun morning of developing and sharing those leadership and personal scouting skills that can ensure a more successful scouting experience. This program is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Scouting program, whether you are a new Scout parent or a seasoned Adult Scouter.

Why Get Trained? Would you start a cross country road trip without looking at a Map or using a GPS? Probably not. You could probably start going in the general direction without looking at map or an exact plan. But you will probably miss an important turn or mile marker. You will waste a lot of fuel, time and energy going without a plan.
The same is true in Scouting. You have guided your scouting program in the general direction, but you have also probably felt the stress of spinning your wheels and making wrong turns here and there. So, now is the time to get trained or refresh that training and share your experience.

Once you are trained you will notice that most of the stresses of planning and leading your scouting program fade away because you now have the knowledge and tools to be successful.

Join us on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at First Lutheran Church in Onalaska for "Scouting Now, Scouting How Symposium" to learn how to navigate and other scouting related on-line programs. Empowering you to deliver the scouting program.  More details to follow shortly including how to register.  In the mean time, if you have any questions, please contact Lisa Stenslien at


Cub Scout Hibernation - "Fear Factor" at the Children's Museum of La Crosse

Save the date of January 10, 2020 for the annual Cub Scouting highlight of Cub Scout Hibernation at the Children's Museum of La Crosse.   Registration will be handled by the museum this year -- the registration link will be posted on when that opens.
2020 Registration Fee Increase

The BSA National Council announced a membership fee increase at the end of October. At the time of the 2020 recharter, the registration and insurance fee for youth will be $64; adults will be $40.

Find full details on the registration fee increase from Gateway Area Council leadership here:

If you have any questions, please contact Joe Carlson at

Staffing Update
Please join the Gateway Area Council in welcoming Matt Flickema as Seven Rivers District Executive. 

Matt Flickema - Seven Rivers District Executive

If you need to reach Matt, you can contact him at

There is now a vacancy in the Winding Trails District.  Questions or concerns on Winding Trails Scouting can go to Joe Carlson, 

Background Check Form Required
As part of new youth safety measures in Scouting all registered adults need to have an updated criminal background check authorization form on file.  The form can be turned in to the Scout Service Center now or with your unit's recharter.

All adults rechartering must have the form on file. 

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