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About Us

The District's Purpose

A Scouting district is a geographical area of the BSA local council, determined by the council executive board. District leaders mobilize resources to ensure the growth and success of Scouting units within the district's territory.

The purpose of the district is to work through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units. The end result of effective district support: more and more youth members receiving a better and better program.


Gateway Distrct Key-3 Leadership

District Chairman: Dave Carlson
District Commissioner: Jason Pettis
District Professionals: Elisa Corry and Jimmy Dickson


The District Committee

This committee coordinates all the functions of the district for the purposes of (a) organizing and supporting Gateway District Quality Units, (b) carrying out the policies and objectives of the council, and (c) extending the program to the greatest number of youth.

District members at large are elected annually in the district annual meeting. All chartered organization representatives (selected by community organizations operating units) are automatically members of the council and of their district committee, thus providing close tie-in with chartered organizations.


What is a Commissioner?

Commissioners are district and council leaders who help Scout units succeed. They coach and consult with adult leaders of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews and Varsity teams. Commissioner help maintain the standards of the Boy Scouts of America. They also oversee the unit charter renewal plan so that each unit reregisters on time with an optimum number of youth and adult members.

Roles the Commissioner Plays

The Commissioner is the liaison between the local council and Scouting units. The commissioner is successful when units effectively deliver the ideals of Scouting to their members. Specifically, a commissioner:

  • Builds relationships as a "friend to the unit", getting to know the people and character of the leadership team.
  • Provides advice and connections to other units, District, Council, and national resources.
  • Informs with up-to-date news from the District, Council, and National organization.
  • Ensures all leaders are trained.
  • Offers friendly and timely advice when challenges arise.
  • Is a resource for you!

Commissioner Leadership Team

District Commissioner
Jason Pettis
Phone: 720.515.5793

Roundtable Commissioner
Jeanette Lloyd

Who is My Unit Commissioner

That's a great question! You ask good questions. As of December 2017, the list of Unit Commissioners is being updated. Watch this space for new information, but in the mean time, please contact Jason Pettis with questions about Unit Commissioners.

Commissioner Position Descriptions


Merit Badge Counselors

To qualify as a merit badge counselor, you must

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be proficient in the merit badge subject by vocation, avocation, or special training.
  • Be able to work with Scout-age boys.
  • Be registered with the Boy Scouts of America.

The Boy Souts of America requires all Merit Badge Counselors (MBC) to re-register every year or they will be dropped from the list.

If you do not turn in your renewal form then you will not be reregistred.

All adults who wish to register as a MBC MUST submit a MBC application form and an adult application (with position code 42).

Merit Badge Counselor Registration Form

Adult Leader Form


Gateway District Award of Merit Recipients

(1982 – 2016)

The District Award of Merit is the highest recognition that the Gateway District presents for outstanding service to youth. The recipients of this award have been judged on their service to Gateway District, the Boy Scouts of America, and their overall service to our community. Nominations occur in the Autumn and the award presented in the Spring. Use this form to submit a scouter for the Award of Merit. We also recommend one tracks his or her scouting experience using this "Scouter Resume", to aid in future recognition opportunities.

Gordon Serpa - 1982
Frank Sturges - 1982
Mike Foley - 1982
Vic Heater - 1982
Arnold Kapushion - 1983
Judy King - 1983
Ken Kohlbush - 1983
Bob Palmer - 1983
Carl Anderson - 1984
Al Hutchins - 1984
Bob Shaw - 1984
Shirley Martinez - 1985
Moose Miller - 1985
Tim Hancock - 1985
Harlan Ross Jr - 1986
Bob Spiles - 1986
Jerry Odekirk - 1986
Jan Williams - 1986
William Pollack - 1987
John Beattie - 1987
Carl Mayer - 1987
Harry Tichards - 1987
Gere Wilkinson - 1987
Dave Pringle - 1988
Sharon Dawson - 1988
Harlan Watkins - 1988
Jim Niquette - 1988
Frank Young - 1988
Steve Rodgers - 1989
Bud Cookkson - 1989
Aileen Miller - 1989
Jim Vaughn - 1989
Denny Osborne - 1989
Ralph Jacques - 1990
Dave Carver - 1990
Marvin Topfer - 1990
Terry Topfer - 1990
Jay Zolitor - 1990
Leonard Robinson - 1991
John Scheffing - 1991
Libby Schultz - 1991
Mike Campbell - 1991
Gerald Sheff - 1991
Mike Siefkes - 1991
Ellie Phillips - 1992
Richard Phillips - 1992
Roger Holman - 1992
Bill McMahon - 1992
Steve Udden - 1992
James Velasquez - 1992
Larry Hendrix - 1993
Beverly Jones - 1993
Les Jones - 1993
Mark Schultz - 1993
Mike Fabrizio - 1993
Cal Filbeck - 1993
Kathy Hendrix - 1993
Mike Baumann - 1994
Bill Bennett - 1994
Arlette Lif - 1994
Ted Stigall - 1994
Gary Elder - 1994
Wayne Finley - 1994
Jeanne Scharfenberg - 1995
Bill Buchtel - 1995
Chuck Kline - 1995
Jerry Ludwig - 1995
Michael Cottrell - 1995
Garry Dawdy - 1995
Mark Myers - 1995
Gary Judd - 1996
Jim Schuyler - 1996
Bill Cohen - 1996
Sandy Stanton - 1996
Thomas "Red" Millard - 1996
Bob Burnham - 1997
Marion Burnham - 1997
Bonnie Millard - 1997
Connie Morgan - 1997
Fred Binkley - 1998
John Kullman - 1998
Nadine Yawn - 1998
Otto Ota - 1998
Rick Baldessari - 1999
Alan Bertschinger - 1999
Diana Kullman - 1999
Glenn Manes - 1999
Don Tushinski - 1999
Dave Ordemann - 1999
Tom Gould - 1999
Don Johnson - 2000
Gary Knudson - 2000
Mike Shaver - 2000
Dave Lombardi - 2000
Randy Lumpp - 2000
Margaret Eacker - 2000
Dick Williams - 2000
Dan Rasco - 2001
Gerry Case - 2001
Ruanne Crumpley - 2001
Kip Davis - 2001
Mike McAteer - 2001
Janna Tripp - 2001
Joanne Binkley - 2002
Bob Bolton - 2002
Jane Byl - 2002
Katey Mayo - 2002
Stephen Finley - 2002
Luwanda Ford - 2002
Marlane Gottlieb - 2002
Jo Prochino - 2003
Kris Brooks - 2003
Eileen Miller - 2003
Mike Gibbs - 2003
Charlene Griesinger - 2003
Rick Angell - 2004
Janet Clower - 2004
Mark Stang - 2004
John Nihiser - 2004
Thea McAdams - 2005
Dan Dorcas - 2005
Kevin Vasina - 2005
Tom Wyscaver - 2005
Jim Hidy - 2006
Everett Dorcas - 2006
Bob Gorecki - 2006
Art Pennington - 2006
Karen Pennington - 2006
Stacy Mullen - 2008
Miranda Schneider - 2009
Kent Cottingham - 2009
Steve Waltz - 2009
Carmel Grove - 2009
Irene Zerr - 2009
Blaine Mullen - 2010
Jason Pettis - 2010
David Marini - 2011
Matt Clark - 2011
Ken Beck - 2011
Shane Fay - 2011
Teresa Fay - 2011
Tersa Huff - 2011
Tim Kardatzke - 2012
Dominic Breton - 2012
Rebecca Elzas - 2012
Hal Swanson - 2012
Michael Adams - 2013
Mike Dunn - 2013
Liz Robertson - 2013
Robert Schreiner - 2013
Brian McLane - 2013
Heather Graf - 2014
Nate Graf - 2014
Bob Shepard - 2014
Jeff Cozart - 2014
Scott Elzas - 2015
Rob Zerr - 2015
Chris Mancinelli - 2015
Terry McAninch - 2016
Peter Garin - 2016
Karen Mahurin - 2016
Dave Carlson - 2017
Lisette Clemons - 2017
Trey Holst - 2017
Bob Nelson - 2017
Victor Reusch - 2017