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Gateway Scouting News

July 2019


Camp Decorah Provisional Scouts BSA Camping          July 7-13, 2019
The Provisional Program is where a scout can attend Summer camp and another unit will adopt them for the week. They will make new friends, get to experience the climbing tower and the shooting range, and enjoy that great summer camp experience. If your Scout is interested in attending Summer camp at Camp Decorah contact Clark Garthwait and he can help you with the process. Clark can be reached at 906-285-0466 or clark.garthwait@scouting.org.


Cub Scout Pop Up Camps          July 15-19, 2019
All kids entering grades K – 5 for the Fall are invited to join us for a day of exciting activities. Highlights will include:  Scout Skills; Portable BB Gun Range; Archery; Crafts; Field Games; New Friends; Full Day of Fun.

This program open to all kids, so bring a friend.  Only $40 for a full day of programming, extended stay option available for $5 extra. Registration Links Here: https://www.gatewayscouting.org/CubScoutPopUpCamps
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
This program helps you complete lots of  rank requirements from Scout rank 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. You can also earn two pre-selected Eagle required Merit badges - swimming & first aid. This is a great program for Webelos who have just crossed over or any scout that wants to work on their outdoor rank requirements! Find all the details and register here: https://www.gatewayscouting.org/SBSA-Brownsea


Merit Badge Days          July 22, 24 and/or 26, 2019
Scouts can work on one Merit Badge throughout the day. Some badges will have requirements for scouts to work on prior to arrival. Find all the details and register here: https://www.gatewayscouting.org/SBSA-MBDAY


High Adventure - Adrenaline Days          July 23 & 25, 2019
Spend the day participating in various action packed activities - including: 100 yd shooting, climbing, and doing a canoe & kayak rotation. Adults are welcome to join. Find all the details and register here: https://www.gatewayscouting.org/SBSA-Adrenaline


Peak of Adventure-Canoe Trip          July 26-28, 2019
While on this 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 register here: https://www.gatewayscouting.org/SBSA-POA-Canoe

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 clark.garthwait@scouting.org.

Lawn Social 2019          July 17, 2019
Come on out for a great evening at our adult-friendly fundraiser - the 24th Annual Lawn Social. This tailgate themed event will have your favorite game day food items catered by The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern, beverages by Pepsi and Pearl Street Brewery.  There will be a silent and live auction. Find all the details and RSVP here: https://www.gatewayscouting.org/LawnSocial2019

Scout Night at The Loggers          July 27, 2019
Join us to take in a Loggers Game, camp out on the field & watch a movie on the Jumbo-tron! The next morning, the Loggers Team will come play baseball & join the fun! Find all the details and register here: https://www.gatewayscouting.org/LoggersEvent 


Cub Scout Week Long Day Camp          August 12-16, 2019
Five days of day camp awaits your Cub Scout and siblings. Camp activities: shooting sports, nature, swimming, and special guests. Options for single days, busing, siblings, and more. Find all the details and pre-register here: https://www.gatewayscouting.org/cubscoutweeklongcamp


Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills          July 26-28, 2019
If you haven't taken Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, the youth in your program need a leader.  
1.Who understands every skill in their scout handbook. 
2. Who can help them build an engaging outdoor program. 
3. Who can be confident that their scout's outdoor activities are conducted in a safe manner. 
In short your youth need you to complete Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills!
We will have great food, fun and fellowship while learning how to put the outing into scouting. Find all the details and pre-register here: https://www.gatewayscouting.org/ITOLS

BALOO | Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation          July 27-28, 2019
If you haven't taken BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation), the youth in your program need a leader who is BSA training to take them on outings.
1.Who understands every skill in their scout handbooks.
2. Who can help them build an engaging outdoor program.
3. Who can be confident that their scout's outdoor activities are conducted in a safe manner.
In short your youth need you to complete BALOO training!
We will have great food, fun and fellowship while learning how to put the outing into scouting. Find all the details and pre-register here: https://www.gatewayscouting.org/BalooTraining

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, joe.carlson@scouting.org; 608-615-0298.


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: https://www.gatewayscouting.org/woodbadge

District Kickoff Night          August 13 & 15, 2019
An exciting year of Scouting kickoffs on August 13 & 15 as Districts gather for a new format for the kickoff to the Scouting year. Join us for specific sessions on Popcorn; Scouts BSA Programming; Cub Scout Membership.  This will be a very important meeting for your unit! 
Seven Rivers will gather on Tuesday, August 13;
Winding Trails and Soaring Eagle will be on Thursday, August 15.

Golfing for Scouting 2019          August 19, 2019
Join us August 19th at the La Crosse Golf & Country Club. 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: https://www.gatewayscouting.org/GolfOuting2019

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 should then either email or mail out recommendation letters found on the council website to all references listed on their Eagle Scout application. A note explaining how important it is to return the recommendation to the council office 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 (608-386-3232).

 
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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