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Contact David Williams

or 618-727-2230 to schedule your unit's presentation.

It’s Friends of Scouting Time!

Friends of Scouting is the annual fundraising campaign that provides 25% of the Greater St Louis Area Council’s revenue.  This in turn supports the 4 council camps, 4 service centers, camperships, accident and liability insurance for scouts and scouters, professional staff support, and so much more.  The council spends $148 per year for each scout enrolled in the program, and 84% of all revenues are spent on Scouting programs (the remainder is on fundraising and general expenses). The not-for-profit standard for fund allocation is that 65% should be spent on program (source: U.S. National Better Business Bureau Standards for Charity Accountability).

A successful Friends of Scouting campaign is essential in order for the Greater St. Louis Area Council to provide services and programs for tens of thousands of youth each year.

How can you help? 

Schedule a Presentation
Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops and Venture crews are asked to schedule a 10-minute Family Friends of Scouting campaign presentation during their Blue & Gold banquet, Court of Honor or other gathering of members and parents. If your unit has not done so, please contact us as soon as possible and let us know when you would like your presentation. 

Educate your Unit
Many parents don’t realize that unit dues support national and unit level activities, but none of the dues money goes to the St Louis Area Council.  Friends of Scouting fills that gap.

Make a Donation
When you unit has their presentation, contribute as you see fit.  A pledge of $37 each quarter for one year supports one scout, but any amount is appreciated.

Use Corporate Matching
Many companies will match - dollar for dollar - contributions of $25 or more. Find out if your employer participates in this program, then indicate this on your pledge card and request a matching gift form from your employer to initiate the process.

Become a 2011 Friend of Scouting and help us guide our youth toward making the right choices.