What is Friends of Scouting 

Friends of Scouting is the annual fundraising drive conducted by the Boy Scouts of America throughout councils nationwide. F.O.S. helps to generate the dollars needed to fund the Scouting program in local Councils. Packs, Troops and Crews will have a special guest from the local district that will make a presentation to your packs, Blue and Gold banquet, or Troop Court of Honor in the first quarter of 2009. Units are encouraged to contact their local district executive or F.O.S. Chair to secure a date, and conduct a presentation. The local council spends $85 per boy per year to deliver the Scouting program to all Scouts. Now, more than ever scouting needs your help to sustain its character building programs. As a private, non-profit organization, your gift to Scouting is always tax-deductible.

Where does my contribution go?

The council provides liability insurance, and maintains advancement records for troops, and helps recharter units and process registration. Summer camp and council properties require maintenance and upkeep. Travel costs, salaries, and benefits of office and professional staff ensure that Scouting units are serviced and membership is healthy. A large feature of support is also directed towards training and office supplies to facilitate all facets of training. Summer camp, local day camp, as well as Webelos and Cub residents’ camp, are all funded in part by Friends of Scouting.

I'm not in a unit, can I still contribute?

Yes. You can contact the Council Service Center at 563.556.4343 or 800.866.2721 and make a contribution with your credit card. You can also mail a contribution to:

Northeast Iowa Council - FOS
P.O. Box 732
Dubuque IA 52001

Or you can click the following link that can process your donation online (Note this link takes you off the Council webpage). If you have been issued an Friends of Scouting card, please note the prospect number.

Are there different levels?

Yes. There are three different levels of contributing

Leadership Level: This level of contribution requires a minimum $85 pledge. Your donation will cover the program costs for one youth in the program. As a token of appreciation, you will be given a Friends of Scouting pen.



Patron Level: This level of contribution requires a minimum $125 pledge. As a token of appreciation your will be given a Council shoulder strip with an Image of the Scout Law on it. In 2010, the Scout Law point is Helpful.



Eagle Level: This level of contribution requires a minimum $300 pledge. As a token of appreciation, you will be given a framed and matted Norman Rockwell print, along with the matching council shoulder strip.