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Iceberg graphicWhat is Friends of Scouting?

It costs the council $1.2 Million to provide all of our Scouting programs to your sons and daughters. Friends of Scouting is the means by which the council raises funds to cover these costs and comes from each family’s contribution to support the programs.

See Units Recognized for Friends of Scouting Participation

Where do my payments go?

Registration fee of $24 goes to the National office. Pack / Troop / Crew / Ship dues 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 (direct 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 cover expenses with donations that: fund camp infrastructure projects; expand current youth activities and adult training programs; and provide outreach projects to disadvantaged youth in our at-risk communities. Additionally, many donors and foundations who can contribute will only do so if a majority of our families donate to Scouting.

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 hereExternal Link 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.
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