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5 Audubon Court
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone (570) 784-2700
Fax (570) 387-4074

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officestaff@
columbiamontourbsa.org

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What is a "Friend of Scouting"?

   

It’s that time of the year when you’ll start hearing the phrase “Friends of Scouting” at unit meetings and district roundtables.

What is Friends of Scouting? What does it mean to be a Friend of Scouting? And why should you consider becoming one?

First, the basics: Friends of Scouting is Columbia-Montour Council's annual giving campaign. In our council, like most councils, Friends of Scouting (or FOS) is one of the council’s largest sources of income.

In our council, the Friends of Scouting campaign begins in January and ends in May. During the campaign, a volunteer will visit your pack meeting or troop court of honor to explain the campaign and make an appeal for your support. You’ll be asked to make a tax-deductible pledge to your local council.

The natural next question is: "Why should I give money to my local council?" Many councils answer this with what’s called “The Iceberg Analogy.”

The Iceberg Analogy

Most Scouts and volunteers see only 20 percent of what councils provide to members. There’s a whole lot more beneath the surface.

Most Scouts & volunteers have no idea that there are council professionals working behind the scenes to make the Scouting magic happen. They just assume those silver-looped Scouters are other volunteers.

As you have a chance to meet our wonderful professionals, you will grow to understand their role. They support you, the volunteer, so you have more time to enjoy the life-changing fun of Scouting.

What do councils provide? In other words: What’s beneath the surface?

  • Volunteer and staff training
  • Support staff for registration, publications and other program support
  • Camp promotion for Cub Scout day camps, Boy Scout summer camps, high-adventure bases and more
  • Camp equipment, like tents, cooking equipment, camp vehicles, building repairs, canoes, equipment replacement and repair, and general upkeep of council camps
  • Recognitions for leaders who complete training, volunteer for special projects and help in many Scouting roles
  • Professional staff to work with volunteers to organize new units, manage fundraising programs, conduct training, assist membership recruitment, provide counsel and direct support for district, camps and programs
  • Administrative needs, including postage, computers and links to the National BSA computer system, copy machines, folding machines and a printing shop
  • Council Service center / Scout Shop to provide additional support to volunteers
  • Audio-visual supplies used in training, at camps and in volunteer meetings
  • Postage to mail materials to leaders, parents and youth members
  • An ALL NEW & IMPROVED council website to keep you informed
  • Reference publications and resources, including program planning kits and to camping cookbooks
  • Camp scholarships, uniforms and registration fees for disadvantaged young people

As you can see, there’s more happening at your council than the average volunteer sees. And it can’t happen without the support of volunteers like you.

Support Friends of Scouting

A fellow volunteer should be contacting your unit soon to set up your annual FOS visit.  Be sure to attend your meeting when the FOS presentation is scheduled to occur, welcome your FOS presenter to your unit and learn more about our council’s Friends of Scouting campaign. 

Thanks for your support and making a difference in the lives of Scouts in the Columbia-Montour Council!

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