Gateway Scouting's 100th Anniversary Gala


May 6, 2022 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm



La Crosse Center
300 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601


We were so excited to welcome over 215 Scouting friends and alumni to our Centennial Gala on Friday, May 6, 2022.

For those who could not join us - we are glad to be able to continue to share highlights of the evening with you.

View video footage of the evening's program here


Our evening’s three special guests included:

The evening’s honorable host:

Gene “Topper” Hagerman, the youngest son of Sam and Betty Hagerman, grew up with Camp Decorah as his home and neighborhood. The member of the Eagle Scout class of ’60 graduated from Holmen High School in 1964 and UW-La Crosse in 1968. He earned a master’s and doctorate in sports physiology from Ohio State. Topper served on the U.S. men’s alpine ski team for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo; the team won two golds and a silver medal. He’s currently a managing partner in Axis Sports Medicine in Eagle, Colorado, specializing in sports physical therapy.

Our keynote speaker:

Mark Kriebel joined Cub Scouts in Akron, Ohio’s Pack 3094 in 1960. He received his Eagle in 1968 in Troop 225 in Vestal, New York. Mark became extremely active in BSA; he currently chairs the National BSA Community Relationships Committee and is a BSA Foundation Trustee. Mark has been named a Distinguished Eagle Scout, is a recipient of the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, and Silver Buffalo awards, as well as a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.

The Honored Eagle Scout Award recipient:

Mark C. Lee, Eagle Scout class of ’69, earned the silver palm and the Pro Deo et Patria Award, as well as a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. The 1970 Viroqua High School graduate attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, graduating in civil engineering in 1974. He was a fighter jet pilot for five years. In 1985 he qualified for assignment as a mission specialist for future space shuttle crews. His missions included the launch of the Magellan Space Probe to Venus and the maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope. The Gateway Area Council is proud to extend Lee this honor.



Attendees also were able to hear from Eagle Scouts of various generations on how Scouting prepared them for life.

The Gateway Area Council was proud to award the inaugural Hagerman Legacy in Scouting Award  to five families for providing strong multi-generational support for Scouting.