Support Youth in Your Community Through the Friends of Scouting Annual Campaign
More than 26,000 youth supported by more than 5,600 adult volunteers participated in Scouting programs in central Indiana last year. Financial support is crucial to provide the facilities, materials, programs, training, activities and Scouting leadership for Crossroads of America Council.
The Friends of Scouting (FOS) annual giving campaign raises a significant portion of the council’s budget from the families of youth who participate in Scouting and is kicked off with the Governor’s Luncheon for Scouting in December. You help make all the difference!
How does Friends of Scouting (FOS) work?
The Friends of Scouting (FOS) annual giving 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 communication, training and supplies.
The campaign kicks off in August in preparation of the Governor’s Luncheon for Scouting in December and wraps up by April. 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.
The one Scout level for Crossroads of America Council’s 2021 FOS Campaign is set at $225. The council actually spends $287 per Scout for a year of programming. Every few years, the per Scout level will increase to reflect changes in costs of Scouting, but it does not increase every year. The most recent increase occurred between 2018-2019. Prior to this last year’s campaign, the one Scout goal remained the same for four years.