The Future of Scouting
Friends of Scouting
Friends of Scouting is a critical annual fund-raising campaign that assists the Patriots’ Path Council in offsetting program costs and providing quality service. The true cost of Scouting is much greater that what local dues and camping and event fees cover. All packs, troops and crews are encouraged to participate in the campaign to give families the opportunity to contribute. Schedule your presentation as part of your annual calendar and encourage participation – everything helps to support a strong Scouting program. Yearly registration fees go directly to support the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Patriots’ Path Council uses the contributions made through the Friends of Scouting campaign to:
- Maintain camp properties and a service center
- Organize new Scouting units and support existing ones
- Provide professional support and leader training
- Distribute program resources and regular communications
- Criminal background checks for adult leaders
Donations made through the above link are applied to the 2019 campaign.
Matching Donation – Click here to see if your employer will match your donation!
Friends of Scouting Thank You Gifts 2019
|Everyone who makes a gift of any amount will receive a car window cling.
With a gift between $75 and $499 you will receive a coupon that can be redeemed in the Scout Shop for a Camp Masters’ Carmel 8oz tin or $5.00 off a retail popcorn purchased between November 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.
Receive this Founders’ series shoulder patch with your gift of $328 or more.
With a gift between $500-999 you will receive this Rainbow Pocket Knife with 3.25″ blade. Pocket knives are one of the most versatile single-tools that you can carry – don’t go on your next camping trip without one!
|With a gift between $1000 and $1,909 you will receive this LUCI color-changing party light. This light is waterproof, lightweight and
|With a gift of $1910 or more you will receive this BSA axe. Made in the USA, this axe is the perfect companion for your next Scouting adventure. The handle is made of American hickory and is 14” long.|
Friends of Scouting Contacts
Douglas Gabel Council FOS Chair
Ozair Omarzai Munsee FOS Chair
Linda Hogan Sussex FOS Chair
Mike Sutherlin Raritan Valley FOS Chair
Dennis Corbisero Black River FOS Chair
Joe Allegra Watchung Mountain FOS Chair
Steve Minett Fishawack FOS Chair
Maria Gonzalez-Yosco Development Executive- Fishawack, Sussex and Black River
Elsie Kohl Development Executive- Raritan Valley, Munsee and Watchung Mountain
Art Lobdell Council Staff Advisor – FOS Field Director – Fishawack, Sussex and Black River
Field Director- Raritan Valley, Munsee and Watchung Mountain
2019 Unit Resources
We appreciate all the unit FOS champions that support Friends of Scouting by organizing a presentation, spreading the word to parents, making the first donation on the presentation night and the follow up necessary to reach your unit’s goal. As a thank you we have a recognition program for units with several levels. Check out the 2019 Recognition Program for Units (coming soon) to see what your unit can earn. Thanks again for supporting Friends of Scouting. It allows us to provide the Scout program which makes a difference in the lives of the over 15,000 youth in our council.
2019 Family FOS Resources
Thank you to all our presenters that make the Friends of Scouting campaign successful. Below are some resources for presenters.
Presenter Training Slides (PPTX)
Presentation Script (Full Script)
Presentation Script (Bullet Pt Script)
Audience Participation Signs (PPTX)
Example Presentation Video
FOS Video (YouTube)
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Investors Bank offers a program called Care2Share. The program essentially aggregates Investors Bank account balances for individuals and families desiring to be affiliated with the council. Learn more.
There are an increasing number of Scouts and those touched by Scouting in their lives who are now benefiting from life income gifts, gift annuities and other plans. Gift models can provide tax benefits and even income. Thank you for taking the time to explore the benefits of gift planning.
Lifetime Investor Recognition
Scouting now recognizes the long-term, cumulative giving of some of its most loyal donors. Lifetime Investor Awards are available above $500,000. To qualify, a donor will have made historical qualifying gifts or made a current gift of either $100,000 (outright or pledged over five years) and an additional deferred gift commitment of $500,000.
For more information, contact the BSA Foundation at (972) 580-2219 or online at [email protected]
Major Gifts and Scouting
Annual gifts, product sales, and special events are important, but they only sustain a council’s current needs. For major growth, Scouting needs major gifts. They are critical to Scouting’s future, whether current or deferred, general or specific; for local, national, or international use; and for operating, capital, or endowment. We believe that major gifts, those of $25,000 and more, are worthy of recognition at a national level. Click to read more.