Scouts BSA: Summer Camps and Adventures


Scouts BSA: Resident Summer Camp

This week-long camp is held at the majestic Camp Decorah during the summer where members of Scouts BSA can work on advancement or merit badges. We have great programs for everyone, whether a first year Scout or an older Scout that is looking for something different. 

First year Scouts can participate in our Brown Sea program, while other members of their Troop work on merit badges in the many areas that Camp Decorah has. 

For the Scout that is at least 14 years of age, we have the Peak of Adventure for them to participate in, and they can participate in events at our Shooting Range, Climbing Tower, Zip Line, COPE course, pool, waterfront, handicraft, or outdoor skills areas. All of these activities are led by high-energy, trained Camp Decorah staff.

All meals are served in the dining hall during their 7 day 6 night stay at Camp Decorah, 

2019 Camp Dates:

Week 1:  June 23 -29

Week 2:  July 7 - 13

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Scouts BSA: 3-Day Brownsea Base Camp

Great camp for First Year scouts.  Scouts will utilize all areas of camp related to Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class.  Visit specific program areas to complete requirements for advancement, such has Aquatics, for water rescues and BSA swim test requirements.  Visit Scoutcraft to work on knots and knife safety.

July 21-24

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Scouts BSA: Merit Badge Days

Too much to do at summer camp, didn't have time for your favorite Merit Badge?  Come for our single day Merit Badge Day, Spend the day on a camp or Eagle required Merit Badge.  Attend 1 day or come to all 3!  Combine your Merit Badge Day with an Adrenaline Rush Camp.

July 22, 24, 26

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Scouts BSA: Merit Badge Recovery

Still need to qualify that Shooting Sports target?  Did you need extra practice on those swimming strokes?  Did you finish that report?  Come back to camp for the evening and complete those missing requirements with the Staff at Camp.

Free* to all who attended Camp Decorah in 2019 or $5 if you attended a different year or even a different Camp!

*Any badge requiring a purchase such as a shooting pass, arrow or rocket kits for example still apply.

Evenings, July 22 & 24

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Scouts BSA: High Adrenaline Rush Camps

Didn't get enough of your favorite outdoor activities this summer?  Come get your adrenaline rush with popular activities from our climbing tower, Swimming pool, Log rolling, Zip Line, Shooting Sports, inlcuidng the 100 yard range, among others.

2 different offerings: 1-night camp, starting In the evening, camp overnight and enjoy the day of rush!

Start your Adrenaline Rush Camp with earning a Merit Badge on one of our Merit Badge Days.

July 23 & July 25

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Scouts BSA: Peak of Adventure Canoe Trip

Spend 3 days & 2 nights on the water.  Camp and cook on the banks of the Black River, hop in a canoe with a buddy, and enjoy life on the water, sandbars, swimming, sand sliding and maybe some fishing.  So grab your swimsuit and mess kit and join us on the river!

July 26-28

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Other Resources

Provisional Camping Brochure: Do you have Scouts that are unable to attend with your unit.  They can still attend with our Provisional Camping Program.

Camp Decorah Scout BSA Brochure:  Great brochure to pass along to your Scouts and parents about Camp Decorah.

Dietary Concerns Form:  Complete the form for any adult or Scout that needs dietary adjustments and return two weeks before arrival at camp.

Early Departure Form:  Do you have a Scout that will need to leave camp early.  Complete this form and turn into the camp office when you arrive.

Unit Roster:  Complete and turn in to the camp office when you arrive.

Campership Applications:  Every Scout should have the oppportunity to attend summer camp.  If you have any scouts that are in need of assistance complete the form and return to the Council Office by May 1st.

Medication Form:  For any Scout that will be taking medication while at summer camp.  Complete and turn into the health officer when you arrive at camp.

BSA Health Form:  Annual BSA Health form that needs to be completed for every youth & adult.

Pre-camp Swim Test Form:  Avoid the long lines at the pool and complete your swim test before arrving at summer camp.

Aviation Consent Form:   For any Scout that will be taking the Avaition Merit Badge they will need to complete the Aviation Consent Form and bring with them when they arrive at summer camp.


Want to be a part of Camp Staff

Are you looking for a rewarding experience where you can have an impact on a youth's life.   A summer opportunity of being a Camp Counselor can be a rewarding experience that you will give you many, many memories.   Print off and return the Camp Staff Application and addendum and we want to hear from you and have you become part of our staff.

Welcome Letter


Application Addendum


Refund Policy

Camp fees are non-refundable, but are transferable (within the same summer camp season) within the troop.

In the event of emergency you may submit a refund request in writing to the Gateway Area Council Scout Executive. Scout or leader’s fee will be transferable (within the same summer camp season) only under one of the following circumstances:

  • Individual illness or injury with physician’s note
  • Death or serious illness in the immediate family
  • Relocation of the family outside of Gateway Area Council or outside of home Council

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.