Scouting America

Pacific Harbors Council

Scouting America

Pacific Harbors Council

Ways to Give

In Memory of James A. Phillips Jr.

Jim Phillips spent most of his adult life as the Scout Executive of the Tumwater Area Council and as a local scout leader.  Camp Thunderbird’s 1960-70’s upgrades were completed as part of Jim’s vision and through his leadership. Now those 50-year-old facilities need to be remodeled.  Jim, who was 90, helped guide and direct our efforts, as only he could, even from his hospital bed. We had already agreed with Jim and his family to name the new “Parade Grounds/Gathering Place outside the new Dining Hall—the Jim Phillips Flag Pavilion” to honor his long legacy at Camp Thunderbird.  Jim died on January 30th, shortly after helping suggest ways to obtain major gifts to support the Camp Thunderbird project. We have set a goal of raising $300,000 to support the Camp Thunderbird upgrade in Jim’s honor and legacy.  The funds will be used to construct the Flag Pavilion near the new Dining Hall.  Any funds generated more than the Pavilion cost will help fund the new Dining Hall.

During the campaign PHC volunteers and supporters visit Pack and Troop meetings as well as service organizations, businesses and more asking for support. Funding through this campaign is essential for Pacific Harbors Council to continue to provide services.

What is Friends of Scouting?

First, the basics: the Friends of Scouting campaign is the council’s annual giving campaign that assists us in supporting local activities, events and youth programs here at Pacific Harbors Council. Friends of Scouting (or FOS) represents the council’s second largest source of income and includes gifts from members, community partners, businesses, volunteers, and community members who know the value of Scouting in the South Sound.

During the campaign PHC volunteers and supporters visit Pack and Troop meetings as well as service organizations, businesses and more asking for support. Funding through this campaign is essential for Pacific Harbors Council to continue to provide services.

Donations assist us in providing:

  1. Training opportunities for our volunteers so they are confident and impactful in their leadership roles.
  2. Maintenance and staffing the council owned Camp Thunderbird in Thurston County for activities and camp programming.
  3. All of our Council level Scouting programs and activities including Camporee, WashJam, Klondike, Cub Scout Day Camp, Night Hike and many more. These essential programs and activities encourage leadership, community participation, outdoor skills, physical fitness, and environmental conservation among others.
  4. Our Campership program that offers free and reduced summer camp for Scouts BSA and Cub Scouts who cannot afford to go otherwise.
  5. Supports our Growing Leaders Fund. This is a Scholarship available from the Council to reduce National registration fees and Council insurance fee for ANY Scout who may need it.

Support Friends of Scouting

Thanks for making a difference!

Employer Donation 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. Often this includes letting your employer know you have made a donation and they will contact us to verify. After verifying they send along a second donation matching yours to Pacific Harbors Council.

Summit Club

Join our new Summit Club! The Summit Club is a group of Scouting supporters that donate to Scouting on a monthly basis. More information and registration for this opportunity can be found here.


When people think about Scouting, chances are they think about kids, not dollars.

For a council, a healthy endowment is critical for providing a steady source of funding for a variety of purposes, including day-to-day operating expenses, hiring additional staff, and financing improvements to camp facilities. Endowment can also serve as a rainy-day fund to help a council weather tough economic times without having to cut back on services to youth.

To assist local councils in their efforts to build stronger endowments, the National Council launched a nationally coordinated endowment campaign in 1993.

Thanks to the campaign, endowment growth has been fostered through the James E. West Fellowship, The 1910 Society, and the Founders Circle Award, which provide recognition for those who make significant contributions.

Serving more youth is the ultimate goal.

If you would like to learn more about the Endowment Fund in the Pacific Harbors Council please contact Darrin Nicholson here.

To contribute to the Endowment fund in the Pacific Harbors Council please donate here.

Donate Stock

Stock donations can be made to the Pacific Harbors Council through Charles Schwab.

Our policy is to sell the stock as soon as we control it. This usually happens a few days after your gift is received, due to the exchange process. 

Please contact Darrin Nicholson, here to get our account number and DTC number.

Thank you for your support of Scouting!

Donate Your Car

CARS makes donating your car easy. We take care of everything from the pick-up and sale to sending you the donation receipt and necessary tax documents. CARS is committed to treating every vehicle donor with gratitude and great service while delivering the highest possible returns to our partners. To date, CARS has returned more than $450+ million to our nonprofit partners because of vehicles donors like you. Thank you! Start your donation online or by calling (855) 500-7433

Donor Privacy Policy

Our Commitment to Our Donors:

We will not sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations.

This policy applies to all information received by Pacific Harbors Council, both online and offline, on any Platform (“Platform”, includes the Pacific Harbors website and mobile applications), as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications.

To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.