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What is Friends of Scouting?

Support Friends of ScoutingFriends of Scouting is an annual fundraising campaign where the Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America asks Scouting families, businesses and civic-minded citizens to support our mission of providing the Scouting program to more than 8,000 Scouts along the Texas Gulf Coast. One-hundred percent of funds generated stays local to support the youth in our area.

Why should I support Friends of Scouting?

Friends of Scouting (FOS) is budgeted to provide 30 percent of the funds needed to operate the Bay Area Council's Scouting camps, programs and facilities for a calendar year. FOS is our largest and most important fundraising component. These camping and training facilities are the "outdoor classrooms" in which Scouts have fun, learn leadership skills and develop into better citizens. The Bay Area Council spends more than $250+ per Scout each year to deliver these benefits and much more.

Haven't I already supported Scouting through my child's annual dues?

Your child's BSA registration fee of $33 annually goes directly to the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America. If your child's Scout unit collects dues, that money stays with the unit. None of that money helps the Bay Area Council support Scouting locally. Supporting the Bay Area Council helps:

- Maintain and staff the council's camping properties and service center.
- Supply utilities to the council's camping properties and service center.
- Build new projects and update camp properties.
- Provide insurance for more than 12,000 youth and adults, including medical and liability property insurance.
- Train thousands of adult volunteer leaders in youth protection and leadership specific training.
- Provide programs like Boy Scout Summer, Fall & Winter Camps, Cub Scout Day Camp, Cub Scout Adventure Days, Cub-O-Ree & Camp-O-Ree campouts, Webelos Resident Camp, Native American Weekend, Order of the Arrow events, National Youth Leadership Training, Venturing activities, Sea Scout programs, Scout day events and individual Unit camping events.
- Provide Scout assistance for youth in need, community outreach character education programs, handbooks and camperships.

Friends of Scouting is tax-deductible.

Bay Area Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization so your donation is 100 percent tax deductible. For companies, a W-9 can be sent with your tax donation receipt. Your Friends of Scouting donation will also qualify for company donation matching programs, so your gift could be worth twice as much. (Any donation given directly to an individual unit is not tax-deductible and cannot qualify for matching programs.) If your company has a matching gift program, only you can initiate and send in the form to the Council office. Please check your company website or human resources for specific information. If you give through your company to United Way, please make sure you mark your designation to the Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Donate today. Become a Friend of Scouting.

Please consider a donation to the Friends of Scouting campaign. No gift is too big or too small. Thank you for supporting Scouting in Brazoria and Galveston Counties.

CONTACT: For more information about Friends of Scouting, please contact the Council Service Center at 409-744-5206. 

MAIL: To mail in a donation or to set up a billing option, please use the Friends of Scouting brochure below. Make checks payable to: Bay Area Council. Memo line: Friends of Scouting. Mail to: Bay Area Council, 3020 53rd Street, Galveston, TX 77551.

ONLINE: If you do not see your city below, please use the district link to donate.

FIND THE FRIENDS OF SCOUTING BROCHURE HERE

FIND THE LATTER-DAY SAINTS FRIENDS OF SCOUTING BROCHURE HERE

FIND A LIST OF MATCHING GIFT COMAPNIES HERE

Donate to 2018 Friends of Scouting here:

Friends of Scouting Campaign

LDS Friends of Scouting Campaign

Community Leadership Gatherings & Support:

Brazosport
7 a.m., February 15, 2018

Central Brazoria
7 a.m., April 19, 2018, Joe's Banquet Center

Galveston
7 a.m., March 29, 2018, Moody Gardens Hotel

North Brazoria
7 a.m., May 24, 2018, Green Event Center Postponed

North Galveston
7 a.m., April 26, 2018, South Shore County Club

Texas City FOS
7 a.m., May 8, 2018, Doyle Convention Center

West Brazos Friends of Scouting
7 a.m., March 8, 2018, Columbia United Methodist Church

 

Matching Gift Companies

Click to view the list of confirmed matching gift companies. To start the process, please visit your HR department.