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Council Funding

Overview

Financial resources for the Knox Trail Council come from a variety of sources, including our annual Friends of Scouting campaign, foundation and corporate grants, special events, project sales, camping, investment income, trust funds, bequests, and gifts of real and personal property.

These funds provide for professional staff supervision, organization of new Scouting units, service for existing units, program administration and training of volunteer leaders. They also finance the operation of the Council Service Center, where volunteers can participate in trainings, roundtables and other meetings, as well as obtain literature, insignia, advancement badges and other resources vital to the program. In addition, the service center maintains advancement and membership records.

The Knox Trail Council budget also supports the maintenance and preservation of two camps, the 452 acre Nobscot Scout Reservation in Framingham/Subury, MA and the 325 acre Robsham Scout Reservation in Bolton, MA. Both of these facilities, with their extensive network of trails, historic sites, natural beauty, and camping accommodations are open to the public and benefit, not just those involved with the Scouting program, but residents of the surrounding communities.

Friends of Scouting Campaign

Friends of Scouting (FOS) is the annual giving campaign of the Knox Trail Council and provides the necessary funds to ensure a quality Scouting program for youth. The money raised through the annual FOS Campaign offsets the cost of training Scout leaders, operating the Council camps and service centers, and providing other resources to Cub Packs, Scout Troops, Venturing Crews, and Sea Scout Ships throughout the Council – more than 140 in all.

There are three FOS campaigns each year: the Family Campaign (by far the largest), the Executive Board Campaign, and the Community Campaign. Each is vital to the programs and services of the Council.

Help keep Scouting strong by participating as a Friend of Scouting. Thank you for your generous support!

Endowment Gifts & The James E. West Fellowship Award

Endowments gifts are safely invested in the Council’s permanent endowment trust fund. Only the interest earned from that investment will be used for current programs. The principle amount is never expended, so the original donation will remain and continue to support Scouting in perpetuity.

The James E. West Fellowship Award is a national recognition for individuals who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to their local council endowment fund. This award, named for Scouting’s first Chief Scout Executive, is often used as a way of recognizing a Friend of Scouting in your unit or district. An organization or individual may also contribute in their own name demonstrating their support of and commitment to Scouting’s ideals.

While the James E. West Fellowship award is a national recognition, it is authorized and presented by the local council. Each James E. West Fellow receives a personalized Certificate suitable for framing, a Lapel Pin, and the James E. West Fellow Square Knot for his/her Scout Uniform. In addition the Fellow’s Name is inscribed on the James E. West wall in the Council Service Center.

Memorial & Tribute Fund

Honor a friend or relative with a lasting gift to the Knox Trail Council. Donations to the Memorial and Tribute Fund are a gratifying way for individuals, businesses, or groups to remember special friends. Tributes are suitable for memorials or special occasions such as birthdays, birth of a child or grandchild, anniversaries, retirement, attaining the Rank of Eagle etc. Special acknowledgements are sent to the donor and the recipient or their family. Donation amounts are kept confidential.

Campership Fund

The Summer Camp experience helps teach Scouts self-reliance and teamwork. Scouts learn new life skills and are provided with a wholesome and safe environment, and it’s a lot of FUN! The Campership Fund is used to help send needy Scouts, who would otherwise not be able to enjoy these experiences, to Summer Camp.

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