Welcome to Scouting
Welcome to Scouting! You are now part of the Gamehaven Council-Boy Scouts of America. Our council serves the Scouting program in the following counties of Southeast Minnesota: Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Olmsted, Winona, Wabasha and Steele.
These counties are split into three districts.
Hiawatha District- Includes Rochester, Byron, Chatfield, Dover, Eyota, Spring Valley, and Stewartville.
Sugar Loaf District- Includes Winona, Altura, Dakota, Elgin, Harmony, Lanesboro, Lewiston, Mabel, Millville, Plainview, Preston, Rollingstone, Rushford, St. Charles, and Wabasha.
Wakpoata District- Includes Owatonna, Red Wing, Blooming Prairie, Cannon Falls, Dodge Center, Hayfield, Kasson, Kenyon, Lake City, Mazeppa, Medford, Oronoco, Pine Island, Wanamingo, and Zumbrota.
Your child is now registered in a program unit supported by one of these districts.
Cub Scouts - Packs
Boy and Girls in grades K-5 can join the adventure. Cub Scouts will attend den and pack meetings, and will do activities that are designed to accomplish the aims of Scouting-citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. They receive rank emblems and belt loops or pins, upon successful completion of these activities. Youth must be at least 5 years old and have started Kindergarten to register.
Scouts BSA - Troops
Gamehaven Council is located at 1124 11 1/2 St. SE, Rochester (near Macken Funeral Home) and includes a Scout Shop to fulfill all your child's uniform and Scouting supply needs. Trading Post hours during the school season are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, and Saturday 9am-2pm. During the summer the Scout office is closed on Saturdays.
In addition, Gamehaven has an accredited Cub Scout camp, named Gamehaven Scout Reservation (GSR) and is located on almost 300 acres of land southeast of Rochester at 5015 Simpson Road SE. GSR is a multi-faceted recreational complex that includes a dining pavilion, commissary, swimming pool, trading post, camping areas, a lakefront for canoeing and kayaking, and shooting sports ranges that Troops utilize as well. We also offer seasonal activites yearly that include summer camp for Cub Scouts, Fall Lumberjack Festival, and Polar Cub Days in January and February.
Starting January 1, 2019 girls ages 11-17 will be able to sign-up for Scouts BSA. Youth in the Scouts BSA program will add increased responsibility and leadership development to their goals in Scouting, which is achieved through Troop meetings, camping, outdoor activities, service projects, and individualized advancement progress through the ranks, culminating with the Eagle Scout rank. Troop meetings are led, with adult supervision, and introduce Scouts to valuable life skills and over 100 different hobby and career choices through merit badge work.
2010 - present
Media Platforms- Gamehaven council uses social media platforms to share information on events and activities within our Scouting community. We offer a Council Facebook page (www.facebookpage/gamehaven) and a Camping facebook page (www.facebook.com/GSR.BSA/) and invite you to join us on Facebook.
We also offer an email based form of contact, called Constant Contact. You can join our email list by clicking on the "Join envelope" on the bottom of our home page (homepage) We do our best to not overwhelm you with emails and send only related emails to your interests. We do not sell our list to any other third parties.
Scouting has many events that a Scout or families can attend throughout the year. Please view the calendar page on our website to get details of the adventures offered. Calendar pages
Venturing is an inclusive program through the Boy Scouts of America for males and females ages 14-21 (or 13 and completed the 8th grade). The program aims to enable young adults to: experience a program that is full of challenge and adventure, acquire skills in the area of their crew's specialty, and have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring and fun environment.
Young men and women ages 14-21, can join a "post" based on their career interests and gain hands on experience and career insight from professionals in their chosen field. Some of Gamehavens' Posts include careers as paramedics, firefighters, police-officers, research scientists, health care professionals and business owners.
2010 - present