Shawnee Trails District Friends of Scouting

Scouting Changes Lives

Outside influences and life experiences contribute to the values and beliefs we carry with us throughout our lives. In society today, there are any opportunities for youth to make the wrong choices or follow a leader who will lead them astray. While Scouting can't remove the obstacles in life, it teaches young people to face challenges, manage risks and overcome barriers - to grow up strong, resilient and wise. Scouting has the power to change lives. Gives to what matters...Achievement. Leadership. Service.

The Friends of Scouting Campaign keeps Scouting an affordable, effective youth development program. It funds the council's infrastructure, or general operating portion of the budget, and provides a support system for the more than 14,000 volunteers and 800 community organizations that partner with the Heart of America Council.   

The campaign is divided into two separate efforts: The Family Campaign, which solicits contributions from scouting families, and the Community Campaign, which seeks contributions from business and community leaders.

Friends of Scouting Campaigns

Family Campaign

The Family Campaign provides families in each unit in Shawnee Trails the opportunity to make a financial contribution to the Heart of America Council to support its day-to-day operations. Without your support, the level of programming and services provided to the youth in Shawnee Trails and throughout the Council would be diminished.

The current cost to deliver Achievement, Leadership, and Service in the Heart of America Council is $180 per Scout per year. Family Friends of Scouting presentations take place during Pack and Troop meetings or you may be contacted by a volunteer from your Pack or Troop to consider a gift. Providing to the Family Friends of Scouting Campaign is an opportunity for Scouting families to directly support the Scouting program their families enjoy.

Are you looking to make a donation? Did you miss your unit's presentation and need to make a gift? Are you looking for an easy and secure online way to make a donation on behalf of your unit to the Friends of Scouting Campaign? Change lives by donating to Shawnee Trails Friends of Scouting now!

Thank you for making a financial contribution through the Shawnee Trails District to the Heart of America Council! Without the financial support of our families, many of the services available to units such as youth camperships, camp staff scholarships, adult leader training, insurance, full-time staff at the council office and camps, and recruitment and marketing materials would be severely compromised or unavailable. 

To schedule your unit's Family Friends of Scouting presentation you can email a date, time, and location to Donna Brandt or Matt Thoman.

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Community Campaign

Individuals or businesses can donate a gift-in-kind, support Fall Cub Scout Recruitment as a T-Shirt Sponsor, or make a direct donation to the operating fund to support the Shawnee Trails Community Campaign. Any and all support is appreciated and makes a difference in changing lives of the youth we serve. 

  • Donate prior budgeted items for Day Camp Program. Contact Matt Thoman for needed items.
  • Support Fall Cub Scout Recruitment as a T-Shirt Sponsor - Amount $5000. Sponsors logos will be placed on 5,000 T-shirts. Sponsor's marketing collateral will be placed in parent packets and distributed at roundtables, along with ad placement in Adventures in Scouting and much more!
  • Please contact Jenna Bentrop with any grant or foundation giving opportunities. 


Patron Luncheon

This event is a luncheon at the Kansas City Convention Center held in March. A keynote speaker is present to speak and individuals or a company sponsors or hosts a table for the luncheon. All proceeds directly benefit the Scouting program in Shawnee Trails and the Heart of America Council. For more information on the Patron Luncheon click here.

For more information about any of the above campaigns, please contact: Jenna Bentrop or Matt Thoman



Vice-Chair of Finance

Shawnee Trails District