Why the Friends of Scouting Campaign is Necessary

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.

How Your Financial Support is Used

The Heart of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America strives to make Scouting available and affordable to every boy and girl possible.  Families across our district are counting on Scouting to help instill character, develop skills and leadership, and build resilience in their sons and daughters.  Throughout the years, the Heart of America Council has never wavered in its mission to empower young people to be contributing citizens of the community.  Our commitment is to ensure that every boy or girl who wants to be a Scout can join, regardless of their economic circumstances or geography.  The goal is to maintain and refine current programs while continuing to expand Scouting's reach to even more families.

The Heart of America Council recognizes that trained leaders are the best resources for delivering quality program to youth participants. A critical part of the new strategic plan is to increase the number of trained leaders and to add a program staff position to focus on supporting the training component of district operations.

The Heart of America Council provides accident and liability insurance to all Scouts and leaders at no cost to protect them from liability and accidents incurred while on Scouting activities. While the cost for this insurance is substantial, the leadership of the Heart of America Council believes that it is critical that volunteers, leaders and Scouts are able to enjoy the Scouting program while being covered by insurance.

The current cost to deliver the Scouting program in the Heart of America Council is $180 per Scout per year. This ensures that the Scouting program will remain strong for your family. The Family Friends of Scouting program is an opportunity for families who directly benefit from the Scouting program to provide financial support. 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.

Thank you to everyone who helped make 2020 a fantastic year of fundraising for Spirit Trail.  The money we raised helps build better program, and provide more opportunities to under served youth.

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