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?
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:
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:
The following units have qualified to receive free rank advancements (additional units may qualify once they have attained their Friends of Scouting goal):
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.
FOS Meetings and Benchmarks for 2021