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Friends of Scouting Campaign

Keep Scouting Strong for More than 45,000 Youth

Did you know the $60 annual Scouting registration fee goes directly to the National office of the Boy Scouts of America?  That if a Scout unit collects dues, that money stays with the unit to help pay for supplies, advancements, and other activities?  The Friends of Scouting campaign provides support to our Council to create great programs and maintain our camps.  All funds raised in this effort stay with our local Council!

Friends of Scouting (FOS) is the annual giving campaign for the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. The FOS campaign provides 22% of the annual Council budget.  That means nearly a quarter of every dollar in the Council budget comes from the generosity of Scouting families, alumni, and community supporters.  Without this funding, our Council cannot provide the resources necessary to provide a quality, adventure-filled Scouting program.

Making a monthly, quarterly, or annual pledge to the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Gifts can be made in cash, stock, or other assets through Donor Advised Fund donations.

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Friends of Scouting Volunteers Click Here For Campaign Resources

Are you a Pack, Troop, or Crew Leader? Schedule your Friends of Scouting presentation today!

Fillable PDF
Online Form

Special Event Fundraisers

Matching Gifts Program

Make Your Gift Go Farther

Multiply your giving’s impact through corporate matching funds.

The youth of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America count on your generosity every year - and you can count on the Council to honor your gifts to the fullest. It’s a powerful relationship that truly changes lives.

Companies large and small have programs to match dollar for dollar and sometimes even 2:1 - the charitable gifts made by employees, spouses, and sometimes event board members and retirees.

Matches can make a big difference:

  • 1 in 10 donors, on average, are eligible to have their gift matched.
  • 16,000 companies and subsidiaries offer matching gift programs as a benefit to their employees.
  • $$91,993.97 was generated to support our mission - all thanks to matching gifts.

Click HERE to learn how to match and which companies current match gifts.

Memorials and Tribute Gifts

Give a Gift that Honors a Life

If you have a loved one who has been impacted by Scouting, establishing a memorial or tribute gift is a meaningful way to honor your loved one or celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday while supporting the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Your memorial or tribute gift will be a lasting tribute to your loved one and make a difference in the lives of our youth.

How?

  • Contact megan.selck@scouting.org for additional information on making a memorial or tribute gift.
  • Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  • If you make a memorial gift to the Council through your estate, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.
    • Legal Name: Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
    • Address: 4568 West Pine Blvd., St. Louis MO 63108
    • Federal Tax ID Number: 43-0652676

Planned Giving - Heritage Society

The Easiest Way to Make an Impact

Leave a legacy for the youth served by the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America by naming the Council as a beneficiary in your will or trust.

Interested in helping the youth of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, but feel overwhelmed by the thought of writing another check or giving up your assets today?

Learn more by visiting our Planned Giving / Heritage Society programs page.

The Robert Baden-Powell Giving Society

The Robert Baden-Powell Giving Society

The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America recognizes all donors for their annual cumulative giving of $1,200 and greater. As members of the Robert Baden-Powell Giving Society, donors will receive special recognition throughout the year, invitations to special events and receptions, and listing in Council publications.  Recognition will be inclusive of all giving to the Council within a calendar year (i.e. Friends of Scouting, capital projects, special events, etc.).

Giving Levels and Benefits

  • $1,200+ | Square Knot - certificate and Square Knot lapel pin
  • $2,500+ | Bronze - previous giving level + ink pen
  • $5,000+ | Silver - previous giving level + annual dinner reception invitation
  • $7,500+ | Gold - previous giving level + Robert Baden- Powell Giving Society event invitation
  • $10,000+ | Platinum - previous giving level + name listed on website
  • $15,000+ | Sapphire - previous giving level + Heritage Society dinner invitation
  • $25,000+ | Diamond - previous giving level + private summer camp tour invitation
  • $50,000+ | Star - previous giving level + name listed on donor recognition wall
  • $75,000+ | Life - previous giving level + framed Scout print
  • $100,000+ | Eagle - previous giving level + Chairman’s Lunch invitation (Board chair and Scout Executive Luncheon)

For more information, contact megan.selck@scouting.org.

Other Giving

Give a Gift that Honors a Life

Looking for other easy ways to support the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America?

The Council participates in these convenient giving opportunities:

Adopt-a-Horse
As horses are an integral part of our camping experience, we invite you to sponsor a horse through our Adopt-a-Horse Program.

All new adoptions of $50 and above include a personalized Certificate of Adoption, Boy Scouts car decal, recognition on the door hall of fame page  on our website for one year.

Add to your benefits when you adopt at various levels:

  • Friend Level - $51-$100
    • Includes everything above plus a 5x7 color photo / fact sheet (when offered)
  • Rider Level - $101-$250
    • Includes everything above plus an invitation to ride your horse for one session.
  • Round Up Level - $251-$499
    • Includes everything above plus an invitation to the annual Nagel Round Up event.
  • Wrangler Level - $500+
    • Entitles the dons to an "Exclusive Adoption".  Includes everything above plus a "Wrangler for a Day" experience

For more information, contact megan.selck@scouting.org.

2021 Adopt-a-Horse Program Flyer

AmazonSmile
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to GSLAC. Enroll HERE:

One Car, One Difference
Donate your vehicle to GSLAC and the proceeds from the sale will go to support our Scouting programs. Get more info HERE.

License Plates
Eagle Scouts, their parents, and Order of the Arrow members can provide additional support to Scouting by proudly displaying the Eagle Scout or Order of the Arrow license plate on their vehicle.  MO residents should fill out the Emblem Use Authorization form and mail it to the Council office along with a check for $25.  The Council will process the form and return your application for personalized plates.  Then you take the approved form to your local license office for processing.  IL residents can obtain an Eagle Scout license plate application by visiting the link below and returning it to a local Secretary of State facility.
For MO Residents:  MO Form
For IL Residents:  IL Form

Camp Staff Scholarships
A scholarship fund program was started to recruit and retain summer camp staff members of the highest caliber. Get more info HERE.

 

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Scouts in the Greater St. Louis Area Council rely on the generosity of individuals, sponsors, organizations and charitable donors to help them grow into the next generation of leaders.

Did you know there are many ways to support the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America besides writing a check? With a little planning, you can include a gift to the Council within your overall estate or financial plans that will help preserve the Council’s mission and provide you with tax benefits in return.

Over the past 100 years, Scouting has laid the foundation for millions of youth to reach their full potential.  With your help, we can ensure that today’s Scouts continue to become tomorrow’s leaders.  The Greater St. Louis Area Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Your generosity can fund camp scholarships, provide program equipment and uniforms, enrich our youth programs, and so much more.  However you choose to support the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, we thank you!

As a friend to the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, stay up to date with how you can get involved by following our Facebook page and checking out our Council special event fundraisers.

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For more information, please contact Megan Selck, Director of Development, at megan.selck@scouting.org or by phone at 618-304-7414.