Cub Scout Camping & Events
Each Cub Scout Pack will plan and host their own activities and events, that youth can participate in. Additionally, the local Gateway Area Council offers several activities and events for youth. Most are held at Camp Decorah, and some are at other local venues.
In January - explore the La Crosse Children’s Museum and enjoy a themed program and snacks put on by the museum staff. Enjoy the museum all evening, then unroll your sleeping bag and sleep in and around the exhibits for an overnight of fun.
In February - a winter adventure at Camp Decorah! A chilly theme for a chilly day, this event focuses on cold weather activities, winter sports, and fun in the snow! Bring your sled and mittens, this one is always a favorite. Hot chocolate and toe warmers recommended.
Webelos Pin Day
In February - Webelos Pin Day is an event where Cub Scouts from different packs get together to work on Webelos Activity Pins. A fun and learning with expert Instructors for those pins that are not part of the local Webelos den's activities.
District Pinewood Derby
In April - all the individual pack and den champions, race for the ultimate District championship, and those looking to better their pack showing race again in the open class.
Click your district name to find out more.
In May - Just like for Scouting BSA Troops, the Cub Camporee offers a taste of Camp Decorah and its many programs. Explore Camp Decorah at the shooting range, fishing pond, riverfront, and the nature trails.
In June - a joint effort of Scouts BSA and Cub Scouts, the Scrap-a-Thon is a day of recycling with proceeds benefiting the Gateway Area Council. Collected Scrap Metal is taken to the La Crosse County Landfill, or collected at Camp Decorah for Recycling.
In June - take me out to the Ballgame, and let me camp out there, too! Enjoy a La Crosse Loggers baseball game, with your cub scout friends and family, then after the game setup your tent on the field, watch a movie on the big screen. Wake up to breakfast and a baseball clinic with the Loggers’ players!
In June-July - one of the highlights of Cub Scouting are summer day camps. These one-day events take place at various locations in the area, a long standing one is held in Prairie du Chien, and other locations. Activities feature the core components of Cub Scout programs, with new adventures and themes every year.
In June - bring your Webelos and Cub Scouts to Camp Decorah to hang out with the highly-trained, fun-loving Camp Decorah Staff! A 2 or 3 night camp, where scouts interact with the camp staff on belt loops for Cub Scouts and Activity Pins for Webelos, as well as camp fun; fishing, swimming, shooting sports, and campfire programs.
In August - five days of day camp awaits your Scout. Cub Scouts and sibings welcome, for 5 full, exciting days of camp activities, shooting sports, nature, swimming, and special guests. A themed camp full of fun. Options for single days, busing, siblings, and more. Your scouts will talk you ear off with all they did that day until they fall asleep on the way home.
In September - Fall Cub Camp is a first start into the Cub Scouting Outdoor program. New recruits or established scouts will enjoy a relaxed day at Camp Decorah and will be able to shoot Archery & BB Guns, as well as participate in games and other activities. This is their first chance to experience camp and have a great time. No need to wait until next summer to go to camp!
In October - The largest event in the Gateway Area Council, the Spook-o-Ree is a favorite of many. An evening of spooky stories, hayrides, and carnival games leads to a morning of camp activities and a costume contest. Sign up early to reserve a spot in the warm cabins, or rough it in a tent with your den.
District Camping and Events
Districts may host their own Events, Check your district for special events.
Camp Decorah, near Holmen, WI, is a developed property, with dining, and meeting facilities, as well as camping, cabins, and various program area.
Cancellations accepted up to 7 days before the event with a full refund.
Cancellations after that date are non-refundable unless due to extreme circumstances. All refunds after this date must be requested in writing within one week of the event.
Resources and Forms for Camping
- Annual Health and Medical Form: Health Form – for short term or long term events.
- Frequently Asked Questions for the Health Form are found here
- Camp Decorah Facilities Reservation form: Use for off-season camping and cabin rental.
- Guide to Safe Scouting: A guide the help leaders providing safe/age appropriate programs.
- ScoutShop.org: The official online store for Boys Scouts of America merchandise.