Friends of Scouting
Friends of Scouting
What is Friends of Scouting? What does it mean to be a Friend of Scouting? And why should you consider becoming one?
First, the basics: Friends of Scouting is the council’s annual giving campaign. Friends of Scouting (or FOS) represents the council’s largest source of income.
Friends of Scouting campaign begins in October for some, and ends in March. During the campaign, you will be visited at your pack meeting or troop court of honor. An explanation of the campaign and an appeal for your support will be made. You’ll be asked to make a tax-deductible pledge to the local council.
The natural next question is: Why should I give money to my local council? Many councils answer this with what’s called “The Iceberg Analogy.”
The Iceberg Analogy
The thinking here is that Scouts and volunteers see only 20 percent of what councils provide to members. There’s a whole lot more beneath the surface.
What do councils provide? In other words: What’s beneath the surface?
- Volunteer and staff training
- Insurance coverage to protect volunteers, chartered organizations, staff members and properties
- Support staff for registration, publications and other program support
- Camp promotion for Cub Scout day camps, Boy Scout summer camps, high-adventure bases and more
- Camp rangers to keep the council camps up-to-date and ready for Scouts and families
- Camp equipment, like tents, cooking equipment, camp vehicles, building repairs, canoes, equipment replacement and repair, and general upkeep of council camps
- Recognitions for leaders who complete training, volunteer for special projects and help in many Scouting roles
- Professional staff to work with volunteers to organize new units, manage fundraising programs, conduct training, assist membership recruitment, provide counsel and direct support for district, camps and programs
- Administrative needs, including postage, computers and links to the National BSA computer system, copy machines, folding machines and a printing shop
- Service centers to provide additional support to volunteers
- Audio-visual supplies used in training, at camps and in volunteer meetings
- Postage to mail materials to leaders, parents and youth members
- A council website to keep you informed
- Reference publications and resources, including program planning kits and to camping cookbooks
- Camp scholarships, uniforms and registration fees for disadvantaged young people
As you can see, there’s more happening at the council than the average volunteer sees. And it can’t happen without the support of volunteers like you.
Employee match programs
Some companies, possibly including the one for which you work, will match their employees’ charitable contributions. Be sure to see whether your workplace has such a program. If so, you’ll double your impact.
Join our new Summit Club! The Summit Club is a group of Scouting supporters that donate to Scouting on a monthly bases. More information and registration for this opportunity can be found here.
Support Friends of Scouting
Thanks for making a difference!