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Financial Support

Friends of Scouting

What is Friends of Scouting and why is it so important to contribute to the annual Friends of Scouting Campaign?

Two great questions! Friends of Scouting (FOS) is the annual giving campaign of the Golden Spread Council, BSA, which provides the necessary funds to ensure a quality Scouting program for youth.


More specifically, by supporting FOS, you help us keep:

The cost of our camps affordable

Our Service Center and camping facilities in top condition

Our promise of a quality Scouting experience to your son and others in Scouting

The Friends of Scouting Campaign is a vital component to the programs and services of the Golden Spread Council. The money raised through Friends of Scouting offsets cost of training leaders, operating camps and our service center, as well as providing other resources to Cub Packs, Scout Troops, Venture Crews and Explorer Posts throughout our council.

It costs the Golden Spread Council $350 to provide a quality scouting experience for one boy per year. Parents of Scouts and community members play a vital role in the annual Friends of Scouting campaign by contributing money based on their interest in the program and their ability to give to this important component of the Scouting program.

Please contact Bob Altman at 806-358-6500 to find out how you can contribute to the 2018 Friends of Scouting campaign.

Help keep scouting strong in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles by participating as a Friend of Scouting.

Our Money Comes From…

Our Money Comes From…21% Friends of Scouting Campaign
A substantial part of the Council’s operating needs are provided by the Friends of Scouting campaign through parents, individuals, businesses and service organizations.

19% United Way. The Council receives support from 9 United Way organizations in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles.

28% Camping and Activities. An important source of income comes from the Scout Show and many other Scouting activities.

18% Other Income Money is also derived from special grants, foundations, and interest accrued from the Council’s Operating and Endowment Fund.

14% Fundraising Events. The Council conducts special fundraising activities such as golf tournaments, popcorn sales, and auctions.

Our Money Goes To …

62% Service to Chartered Partners
A major part of the budget covers organizing and serving units and provides our sponsoring institutions with liability insurance. Also, the Council provides full-time professional service and clerical staff that handles thousands of inquiries for camping, registration, and problem-solving information. The service center maintains Scout advancement records and one of the finest Scout Shops in America.

19.5% to Programs and Camping

Basic Leader Training, Cub Scout Day Camp, Cub Scout Resident Camps, Boy Scout Camps, Jamborees, and the special “Youth-at-Risk” Inner-City Camp are just a few of the exciting programs provided by Scouting.

17% Office/Service Center and Maintenance

1.5% National Support – National Charter Fee

For more information contact Bob Altman

Endowment Trust Fund

The James E. West Fellowship Award

The James E. West Fellowship Award is a national recognition for individuals who contribute $1,200 or more in cash or securities to their local council endowment trust fund. This contribution is in addition to, and does not diminish or replace, the donor’s annual gift to the council’s Sustaining Membership Enrollment or Friends of Scouting Campaign.

Organizations or individuals may contribute an award in honor of someone–an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, council president, or district chairman, or in memory of a departed loved one, business associate, or special Scouter.

Form of Recognition

The James E. West Fellowship Award is an attractive 8-by-10-inch certificate, personalized with the donor’s name, date of gift, and council name. In addition, there will be a distinctive lapel pin/charm and an embroidered square knot for uniform wear. While it is a national recognition, the James E. West Fellowship award is authorized and presented by the local council. Appropriate national recognition will be given at a special reception held in conjunction with the National Annual Meeting.

Background and Significance

The award is named after the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America who exemplified Ralph Waldo Emerson’s observation that “an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.” Scouting today is the “lengthened shadow” of more than three decades of the farseeing and dedicated leadership of Dr. James E. West. Those who are recognized by the James E. West Fellowship Award will cast their own “lengthened shadow” as they help ensure the Scouting legacy for future generations of young people and create the financial stability of the program in the twenty-first century for their local council.

For more information contact Bob Altman

Memorial Fund

A Memorial and Tribute Fund has been established to receive contributions from anyone wishing to honor or remember a friend or family member. Contributions may be made in any amount as a living memorial and lasting tribute. It is an everlasting gift to Scouting to mark occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, births, Eagle Scout recognition, Silver Beaver recognition, or other important events.

 

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Unit Fundraising

Standards Regarding Unit Fund-Raising Projects

Unit fund-raising projects play an important role in enabling units to obtain new equipment, go on camping trips, and participate in other activities and events. More important, the way a unit earns money is of great importance in the education of youth members in basic values. Usually, these projects fall into four groups:

  • Service projects—car washes; forestry projects; the collection of paper, aluminum, scrap iron, and plastic
  • Activities involving parents—bake sales, pancake breakfasts, spaghetti dinners
  • Sales of tickets for council shows or other events
  • Sale of commercial product—Trails End Popcorn Sale, candy, Christmas trees, first-aid kits, or light bulbs


Your Council and District Finance Committees should be your first resource before planning a Unit Fundraising Event. They are the best source of information regarding National policies concerning Unit Finance and for approving proposed Unit Money-Earning projects like those listed above. In addition, be sure that the members of your Unit Committees understand their responsibility for guiding the finances of the unit. These individuals not only promote the proper use of the Unit Budget plan and administer unit funds, but they must also be familiar with Unit Money-Earning policies.

The following BSA policies are designed to protect both the Unit and the good reputation of Scouting.
Did you know that:

  • No direct solicitation for funds by Units is permitted.
  • The Unit Committee is the custodian of all funds.
  • All Units must submit the Unit Money-Earning Application, No. 34427, to the local Council for approval. Such approval is contingent on prior approval of the Unit Committee and Chartered Organization.
  • General guidelines for Unit Money-Earning projects include:
    • Do not gamble or conflict with local ordinances.
    • Ensure your project provides a value worthy of the money spent on the project.
    • Respect the territorial rights of other Units.
    • Do not conflict with goods or services offered by established merchants or workmen. Do not schedule a project that conflicts with established dates of fund-raising in the Chartered Organization, Council, or community.
    • Protect the name and goodwill of the Boy Scouts of America.
    • Do not enter a contract that may bind the BSA, either locally or nationally.
    • Consider money-earning projects that serve a dual purpose of conservation and money earning. Collection of aluminum, glass, paper, and scrap metal can be profitable when conducted near a recycling facility. Units should be sure of a market before any collection. A collection must be well planned with adequate adult supervision and safety precautions.

On the back of the application, you will find a set of 10 questions for Units to answer as they plan their project. If the answers are “yes” to all the questions, it is likely the project meets Scouting’s standards and will be approved.

BE SURE to download the Unit Money Earning Form from the Forms Tab, and submit for approval BEFORE starting any fundraising event. Please contact your District Finance Chair or your District Executive if you have any questions.

Popcorn Sale

The 2017 Golden Spread Council Trail’s End Popcorn Sale has concluded.  Watch for 2018 Information later this year!!!.

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Sporting Clay’s

16th Annual
Sporting Clay’s Tournament
August 10 & 11, 2018

The Golden Spread Council conducts its annual fundraising Sporting Clay’s Tournament at Camp Don Harrington.

A $100 deposit will hold your teams spot for the shoot. Remember teams are flighted by those teams that pay their entry fees first!

Coming soon!   2018 Save the Date — 2018 Team Reservation Form — 2018 Sporting Clay’s Brochure

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Camp Cards

Camp Cards
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Camp Cards are cards that have up to 11 local vendors offering extra special deals for buyers.  Scouts sell these cards for $5.00 each and they keep 50 percent of that.  Many units have Committee determined policies on exactly how much the Scout will keep and how much the unit may keep for rechartering, advancements, etc.  Check with your unit leader.

Camp Cards go on sale in early March and conclude in late April.  Many Scouts earn enough funds to go to camp for free!