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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

Friends of Scouting Thank You Gifts 2018

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 and March 31.


Receive this Scout Law new series Patriots’ Path Council shoulder patch with your gift of $164 or more.

Receive this Founders’ series shoulder patch with your gift of $328 or more.

With a gift between $500-999 you will receive this Deluxe Pocket Scout Knife. Delrin handle, stainless steel blade, can and bottle opener, flathead and Phillips screw driver.

With a gift between $1000 and $1,909 you will receive this Osprey Daylite Pack. Universal day pack design, easy to use web belt, internal and external pockets and hydration sleeve.
With a gift of $1910 or more you will receive this Compact Travel Chair Light and comfortable chair that supports up to 300 lbs. Convenient packed size weighs only 2.3 pounds.  

 Friends of Scouting Contacts

Douglas Gabel                   Council FOS Chair
Paul Martin                         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
Ryan Page                          Development Executive- Raritan Valley, Munsee and Watchung Mountain
Art Lobdell                          Council Staff Advisor – FOS Field Director – Fishawack, Sussex and Black River
Bill SanFilippo                    Field Director- Raritan Valley, Munsee and Watchung Mountain

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2018 FOS Unit Recognition

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 2018 Recognition Program for Units 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 life’s of  the over 15,000 boys in our council.

2018 FOS Resources For Presenters
Thank you to all our presenters that make the Friends of Scouting campaign successful. Below are some resources for presentations.
Training Booklet
FOS Family Talking Point Script


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Investors Bank

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.

Special Events

Planned Giving

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]

James E. West Fellowshipjames west fellowship award

The fellowship recognizes gifts to a local council, designated by the donor to the council endowment fund.

Donors may make cumulative gifts to reach Bronze ($1,000) Silver ($5,000), Gold ($10,000), and Diamond ($15,000) member levels.

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.