Friends of Scouting (FOS)

This is the annual giving campaign of the Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America.  Through Friends of Scouting businesses, families and individuals develop tomorrow’s leaders by investing in the youth of our community.  The annual Friends of Scouting campaign provides a critical portion of the funds needed to deliver the best Scouting programs and activities!

Why Invest in Friends of Scouting?

An investment in Friends of Scouting is one way you can support your local Scouting programs.  Funds from FOS help provide a variety important resources:  premier camp properties and camping programs, training and program resources for volunteer leaders, website and online resources, staff support, Scout Shop and much more.

An investment in Friends of Scouting is an investment in Scouting’s mission and values.  Through Scouting programs  we are able to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s challenges by instilling them with character, confidence, leadership, integrity and the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. 

How are Friends of Scouting Investments Put to Work for Youth?

The cost of fun, quality Scouting programs for youth goes well beyond the costs a typical family in Scouting will pay: registration fees, uniforms, summer camp, books, etc.  In the new year, the Northern Lights Council will spend an average of $250 per youth in Scouting.  How do FOS dollars help?

  • FOS helps keep summer camp programs at our Camp properties affordable.
  • Premier camp facilities & programs for year-round use.
  • Thousands of dollars awarded annually for camp scholarships.
  • Leader training for volunteer leaders and Scouts provided at no cost.
  • Annual program planning tools and resources for volunteer unit leaders.
  • Friendly staff support at the Northern Lights Council Service Centers.
  • Council website
  • Provide Liability Insurance and Accident Insurance for registered youth and adults
  • So much more!

Simply put, the Northern Lights Council and the thousands of volunteers could not deliver the Scouting program for Scouts in our communities without the funds raised through our annual FOS campaign.  Your investment makes a difference!

Thank you for investing in today's youth, tomorrow's leaders!

Don't forget that many companies "match" their employee's donation. To see an initial list of companies known to have this policy, contact the Council office or check with your human resources department for the appropriate paperwork. 

If you are interested in making a long term donation through your Estate Plan, please contact the Northern Lights Council office toll-free at (877) 293-5011 for further details.

Download a Friends of Scouting Brochure:  

2020 Family Friends of Scouting Brochure

Units That Have Qualified to Receive Free Rank Insignia in 2020

The Northern Lights Council is pleased to offer Packs and Troops the opportunity to earn free rank insignia through March 31, of each year. Qualifying units will receive free rank insignia each time a Scout advances in rank.  This offer is made possible by the annual Friends of Scouting campaign and council product sale.  To qualify for free rank insignias a unit must meet each of the following requirements:

  • Participate in Popcorn Sale – the unit must have participated in the council sponsored Popcorn sale in the previous year with a minimum of $500 in total sales.
  • Journey to Excellence – Units must have achieved at least “Bronze” level recognition in Scouting's Journey to Excellence in the previous year. The Journey to Excellence unit scorecard must be completed, signed and submitted.
  • On-time Charter Renewal – To be considered “on-time” the charter renewal paperwork must be turned in by the announced deadlines for the district the unit is in.
  • Friends of Scouting – Unit must attain the set Friends of Scouting goal. Presentations should be held between November 1 and March 31 of each year. The minimum goal is determined by: Number of registered youths listed on charter renewal paperwork x $40

The following units have qualified to receive free rank advancements (additional units may qualify once they have attained their Friends of Scouting goal):

  1. Prairie Fire District 2 - Troop 305 (expires 3/31/21)
  2. Prairie Fire District 2 - Troop 357 (expires 3/31/21)
  3. Prairie Fire District 2 - Pack 416 (expires 3/31/21)
  4. Prairie Fire District 2 - Troop 412 (expires 3/31/21)
  5. Prairie Fire District 2 - Troop 491 (expires 3/31/21)
  6. Northern Sky District 5 - Pack 232 (expires 3/31/21)
  7. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 213 (expires 3/31/21)
  8. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 214 (expires 3/31/21)
  9. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 225 (expires 3/31/21)
  10. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 229 (expires 3/31/21)
  11. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 232 (expires 3/31/21)
  12. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 244 (expires 3/31/21)
  13. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 637 (expires 3/31/21)
  14. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 644 (expires 3/31/21)
  15. Northern Sky District 5 - Troop 652 (expires 3/31/21)
  16. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Pack 13 (expires 3/31/21)
  17. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Pack 162 (expires 3/31/21)
  18. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Pack 163 (expires 3/31/21)
  19. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Troop 41 (expires 3/31/21)
  20. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Troop 59 (expires 3/31/21)
  21. Lake Agassiz District 8 - Troop 130 (expires 3/31/21)
  22. Tomahawk District 11 - Troop 425 (expires 3/31/21)
  23. Tomahawk District 11 - Troop 433 (expires 3/31/21)
  24. Tomahawk District 11 - Troop 5401 (expires 3/31/21)
  25. Frontier Trails District 13 - Troop 2 (expires 3/31/21)
  26. Frontier Trails District 13 - Troop 11 (expires 3/31/21)
  27. Frontier Trails District 13 - Troop 54 (expires 3/31/21)
  28. Frontier Trails District 13 - Troop 89 (expires 3/31/21)

We thank these units for their support of the Northern Lights Council!

Family Friends of Scouting Scheduling

During the first few months of each year (usually Jan/Feb/Mar), we ask packs and troops to allow a Family Friends of Scouting presentation to be scheduled during the Blue and Gold Banquet, Court of Honor or other pack/troop meeting. The district will have a presenter attend and talk to the parents for about 8-10 minutes about how the council supports the local pack. Parents are then given the opportunity to make a financial pledge to the Friends of Scouting campaign. This is not a high-pressure sales pitch.

Schedule a presentation for your pack or troop today!

FOS Meetings and Benchmarks for 2021

  • Kickoff - Jan 14, benchmark is 10%
  • Report - Feb 11, benchmark is 25%
  • Report - Mar 11, benchmark is 50%
  • Report - Apr 8, benchmark is 75%
  • Report - May 13, benchmark is 90%
  • Victory - June 10, benchmark is 100%

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