Friends of Scouting: What is it?

Family Division

The Friends of Scouting Campaign supports the greatest youth program in the world and you help make a difference!

The Crossroads of America Council has more than 33,000 registered youth members supported by more than 8,000 volunteers.  Financial support is needed to provide the facilities, materials, programs, training, activities and Scouting leadership for our area.

The annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) Campaign raises a significant portion of the Council's budget from the families of youth who participate in Scouting.  You help make all the difference!


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Friends of Scouting:  How does it work?

The annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign is planned, directed and conducted by volunteers - and its success depends on them!  Each volunteer team has a professional advisor (usually a District Executive) to assist with information, training and supplies.

The campaign begins in November and wraps up by March.  Each presenter will receive council-prepared materials to make a successful 10 minute presentation.

Instant recognition for all gifts and pledges is done at a Pack or Troop meeting for any giving level.  The presenter will be responsible for following-up with the unit FOS Chairman to contact the families that were not at the presentation.  They will collect the pledge cards and the contributions and deliver them to the District Executive or local Council Service Center. 

Friends of Scouting:  What are my resources?

District Chairman Guidebook

Presenter Guidebook

Unit FOS Chairman

FOS Warm-Up Email Template

Presenter Introduction

Presenter Script

"Ten Scouts" Presentation Signs

2015 Recognition Plan

2015 Pledge Card

Special FOS Unit Chair Recognition:  100% Participation

Each FOS Unit Chairman whose unit reaches 100% Participation will receive a special recognition item as a token of our appreciation for providing the opportunity to your Scouting families to support the Boy Scouts of America.

100% Participation means all of their current families and historical 2014 donors have been asked to support Scouting.  A pledge card, even if it is for $0, must be turned in for everyone prior to or during the unit's campaign.