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Gateway Scouting News

October 2019

Popcorn Sale Continues Through October 27
There are lots of excited Scouts out there selling popcorn.  If you haven’t had a Scout visit you yet and are interested in buying popcorn you can submit your name and address here and we will get a Scout sent your way:
Scouts whose unit may not be selling are also able to participate to help fund their Scouting year.  Information on individual sales 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.
All the resource items for the Fall 2019 popcorn sale can be found here:

Thank You to our Popcorn Kernels
Thank you Popcorn Kernels for your leadership, communication and support your unit selling popcorn  to help support your program this Fall. Thank you for your coordination of popcorn distribution, and volunteers who stay and help when scouts are picking up their order. 

Spook-o-Ree - Cirque du Creep 2019 - October 26, 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 Belt Loop Carnival 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:



Do you have a high school student that wants to explore some career options?

The Exploring Programs are ready to begin!  Check out: 

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

Thank you to Our Fall Membership Teams
Through your efforts and support to date there are more youth joining the adventure of cub scouting this fall than in years past. There are still plenty of kids joining the program either throw follow up to our rallies or in new cub scout packs. By working together, we believe the scouting program will continue to thrive in our communities.                           


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. 

Check out the
 Council Program Planning Calendar for 2019 - 2020

Cub Scout Program Calendar

Scouts BSA Program Calendar 

Order of the Arrow Program Calendar  

Training Program Calendar  

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!

This year’s Rendezvous weekend was a great event for the Lodge. 16 newly elected candidates began their journey to receiving their sashes on Saturday night. 3 members of our lodge sealed their membership by completing their Brotherhood membership also on Saturday night.  During the day members worked together on clearing the area behind Hagerman Hall of downed trees and brush left from one of the major storms to go through camp over the fall.  People cut trees, split wood for campsites, made wood chip piles for trails etc. and burned what excess we could.   Members also cleared the area around the OA Lodge, worked on the trails and cleaned up the OA ceremonial bowl. On Sunday 16 members stayed for a day of Archery, Zip line, team competitions, kayaking and swimming.  

Hello Fellow Arrowmen,
I the newly elected Lodge Chief for 2019/20.  I am honored and very excited to serve all of you this year.  As a Brotherhood member of our Lodge—I served as Vice Chief of Administration last year and used that experience to help me decide to run for chief of our lodge this year. Some of my goals will be to work on getting more members to stay active and to attend events. Improve our communications within the Lodge, more promotion of attending camp, unit elections, induction weekend and ceremonies.  
Yours in the Brotherhood,
Jaden Schindler


Rescheduled - Scouting Now, Scouting How Symposium 
Save the date for February 8, 2020 to learn from leaders about how to improve scouting within your unit. Find more details to come soon.
Scout Uniform Special Sale – 25% Discount 
Offer Ends October 13, 2019
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.

Updates to Criminal Background Checks
Scouting volunteers recently received an email from the Boy Scouts of American National Organization (Email to Registered Adults) which included forms which need to be signed and returned with your unit’s 2020 recharter packet. These forms authorize persons previously registered in the BSA to have their background check reoccur on a regular basis.  The forms need to be signed and submitted to the Scout Service Center as part of your 2020 charter renewal.  Units can choose to submit all forms as one submission or individuals can submit their forms directly to the Gateway Area Council Scout Service Center.
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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