For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been shaping the lives of our youth. As one of the oldest, and largest, youth programs in the nation, we have come to rely on the support of our fellow countrymen to see the dreams of our members take flight. It is through your generous support over the years that Scouting continues to deliver the time honored values such as citizenship, leadership, and service to our youth.
Your efforts as a Friend of Scouting provide a vital portion of the financial support we need to teach Scouting principles that will result in a positive influence on character, citizenship, and personal fitness. The youth of today are America's future leaders. You can help shape that future by investing in Scouting today.
Scouting exists because of the volunteer and financial support provided by the community.
Western Massachusetts Council is funded by a variety of sources, including: direct contributions, events, annual popcorn sale, foundation grants, the United Way, and program/activity/camping fees. With your support, we will continue to bring the nation's highest quality Scouting programs to many more youth in our area.
For a breakdown of council services, view "The True Cost of Scouting".
There are many ways to contribute financially to Scouting:
- Annual Friends of Scouting campaign
- Tributes & Memorials
- In-Kind Product and Service Contributions
- Direct gifts
Have fun and support Scouting at the same time. Western Massachusetts Council hosts a variety of fundraising events throughout the year including dinners and golf tournament. This is a great way to introduce people you know to the impact Scouting makes on youth.
To help packs, troops, and crews raise the necessary funds, Scouting encourages units and individuals to participate in the annual popcorn sale. This council-wide fund-raiser helps teach members the principles of salesmanship while instilling in them a sense helping to be part of financially supporting the growth of their unit, district and council.
Consider long-term support of Scouting. Gifts to endowment funds generate investment interest to continue supporting Scouting forever. Consider an endowment gift in your will or as a recognition for an achievement.