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Friends of Scouting (FOS) is the primary fundraising program for most Boy Scout Councils.

This program usually is run annually, coinciding with Scout Sunday in February. Note that usually scouts and volunteers see only 20 percent of what councils provide to members.

Program Purposes

Most BSA councils typically rely on FOS to generate 25-50% of their annual budget. These funds are used for the following purposes:

  • Development and operations of Scout Camps used for summer camp, cub camps, hi-adventure bases, etc - including nature center, aquatics center, shooting ranges, COPE Course, dining and campgrounds.
  • Scouterships - cover costs of camping for scouts from low-income families or those with other other sspecial needs.
  • Scout Fairs and Camporees
  • Leadership Training courses for youth, adults and staff - including Wood Badge and NYLT
  • Advancement awards and recognition
  • Insurance coverage to protect volunteers, chartered organizations, staff members and properties
  • Support staff for registration, publications and other program support
  • 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
  • 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
  • A council website to keep you informed
  • Reference publications and resources, including program planning kits and to camping cookbooks