What is Friends of Scouting?
It costs the council over $1.2 million to provide all of our Scouting programs to your sons and daughters. Your participation in our annual Friends of Scouting campaign helps support the costs for these programs, and helps provide other resources for your unit, leaders, and Scouts.
See Units Recognized for Friends of Scouting Participation
Where do my payments go?
If your unit collects annual dues at the time of joining or at recharter, then $24.00 of that amount goes directly to the National Service Center to cover your Scout's annual registration fee. The REST stays with your unit! Packs, Troops, Crews and Ships pay for local expenses - unit equipment and supplies, camping and activity fees,rank advancement badges, merit badges, and other recognition given to Scouts.
Activities fees (e.g. Day Camp and Summer Camp) pay for that activity (director, staff, supplies, etc.).
How is the “Friends of Scouting” amount determined?
The Council budget (net of camping) is divided by the number of Scout participants. The Council needs about $15.50/month to provide the necessary resources to support each Scout.
What happens if I don’t contribute?
The Council must still cover expenses related to fund camp infrastructure projects, expand current youth activities and adult training programs, and provide outreach projects to disadvantaged youth in our at-risk communities. The Council hosts special event fundraisers each year and actively solicits funding from a number of foundations to help defray these costs. However, many donors and foundations who can contribute will only do so if a majority of our families donate to Scouting, so it's important that all families contribute!
What if I cannot afford to pay the “Friends of Scouting”?
No family or Scout will be denied a Scouting experience because of their financial situation. A monthly contribution of $15.50 (or annual of $185) is suggested but participation at any level is important and gratefully recognized. Please donate at a level meaningful to you.
How Do I Donate?
Donate by check, by credit card (monthly @ $15.50; annual @ $185), or click here to donate. Donations to Friends of Scouting may be eligible for Corporate Matching Gifts. Click here for a list of companies who match. Donations to Fair Share are tax-deductible.