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Friends of Scouting

A financial investment in Scouting changes lives.

Friends of Scouting (FOS) is the council's major direct contribution campaign for members of the Scouting family and community members. To make your FOS gift online, or to fulfill your pledge, please click here.

Friends of Scouting (FOS) is the name given to Scouting's annual financial support campaign. The FOS Campaign is broken into two divisions, Family and Community. The council's operation, including upkeep and maintenance of our camping properties, registrations and record keeping services, and our field staff, are all funded by private contributions received through the FOS Campaign.

Our Council receives no government funding and no United Way Community Care dollars, and 100% of youth and adult registration fees are transmitted to the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, or used directly to pay insurance costs.

Family FOS: The cost of delivering the full Scouting program for one Scout is $200. Each Scouting family is asked to support the Garden State Council at a minimum level of $52, $1 a week. 

Incentives:

  • Donate of $25 or more - recieve the "I Support Scouting" magnet.
  • Donate $125 or more - receive the "I Will Do My Best" shoulder patch (CSP).  
  • Volunteer to be FOS presenter  - receive the special "2018 FOS Presenter" patch.  
  • A unit that holds an FOS presentation - receive the "2018 Family Presentation" ribbon.

Families that have the ability to provide additional support are encouraged to do so. Currently only 33% of our Scouting families pledge their financial support to Garden State Council.

Learn how to increase your donation without extra cost to you by applying for Matching Gifts or Volunteer Involvement Programs offered by your workplace. Click here for more information.


To request a Friends of Scouting presentation for your unit, contact your District Executive:

Baysea District - Bill Wasekanes - 856.327.1700 x132
Old Colony District - Michael Perry - 856.327.1700 x130
Quakesen District - Justin LoMonaco - 609.261.5850 x220
Mahalala District - Joe Blazejewski - 609.261.5850 x213
White Horse District - Janet Boris - 609.261.5850 x211