As a nonprofit organization, the Boy Scouts of America relies on the generosity of charitable donations to support its ongoing operations and future capital expenses at the local and national level. Each gift, regardless of size, provides invaluable funding for BSA programs that benefit our Scouts in Knox Trail Council.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, and provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
These funds finance the operation of the Knox Trail Council Service Center in Framingham, Program Service Center at Camp Resolute, Nobscot Scout Reservation and E. Paul Robsham Jr. Scout Reservation. In addition funding provides general liability insurance, ability to maintain membership records, support youth activities sponsored by the council, offsets volunteer training costs, and supports professional and administrative salaries and benefits.
Friends of Scouting Campaign
Friends of Scouting (FOS) is our annual giving campaign of the Knox Trail Council. There are three FOS campaigns each year: the Family Campaign, the Leadership Campaign, and the Community Campaign. Each is vital to the programs and services of the Council.
The Family FOS Campaign focuses on the unit support from leaders and individual families whose sons and or daughters are active participants in their Cub Packs, Scout Troops, Venturing Crews, and Sea Scout Ships throughout the Knox Trail Council. This is our grassroots campaign the largest in the council, which gives us the ability to provide services on a daily basis.
The Leadership Campaign focuses on the support from the Knox Trail Council Executive Board and our council members at large. This campaign is our second largest in Knox Trail Council. Donors consists of sitting board members, past council presidents, and individuals who have an affinity for Scouting and its mission in Knox Trail Council.Click to Donate to the Leadership Campaign
The Community Campaign focuses on local businesses who wish to support Scouting in their individual communities through sponsorship of the Good Scout Award that honor local community business leaders. The Good Scout Award is presented to a person who has demonstrated integrity and genuine concern for others in both their business and personal lives.
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 invested in the Council’s permanent endowment trust fund. The fund is managed by an outside investment firm that is overseen by the Council’s Endowment Committee. Financial withdrawals from the Endowment Fund is based on a five percent of a five year rolling average that enables us to continually grow the Endowment without touching the principle. A portion of these funds are placed in our operating budget with the remainder earmarked towards capital improvements at our camping facilities.
There are three opportunities to support Endowment gifts in the Knox Trail Council. The Memorial & Tribute Fund, James E. West Fellowship, and the Second Century Society.
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.Click to Donate to the Memorial & Tribute Fund
James E. West Fellowship
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 an Eagle Scout or a volunteer Scouter 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.Click to Donate to the James E. West Fellowship
Second Century Society
Second Century Society
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
For over a century, Scouts have been reciting these words in communities all across America. With your help these words will continue to carry us far into the second century.
The Second Century Society is for individuals who share the vision of others in securing the future of Scouting. To join The Second Century Society a minimum donation of $25,000 must be committed over a five year period.
For more information on all Endowment Fund opportunities please click here.
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.Click to Donate to the Campership Campaign