Family Friends of Scouting

Providing our youth with the best possible Scouting experience requires a significant financial investment. The Family Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign lets families support the program that benefits their sons and secures the funds necessary to assure the future of Scouting.

The financial support of the units and communities through FOS provide many benefits and services to your unit. Examples include, but aren't limited to: leader training, liability insurance, program helps, camping facilities and programs, and council and district activities.

As you plan your program for the coming year, please include a Family FOS presentation in your unit’s calendar. We recommend that the presentation take place during January, February or March. Ideal settings for the presentation would be the Blue and Gold Banquet or a Troop Court of Honor. A district Scouter will come to your unit’s meeting and make the presentation. A typical presentation only takes 10-12 minutes.

Gold Star Benefits for Achieving Family FOS Goal

  1. FREE rank advancements
    • For Cub Scout packs, this includes Lion Cub, Tiger Cub, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light cloth patches and pocket certificates. This does not include the Arrow of Light medal.
    • For Boy Scout troops, this includes Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle cloth patches and pocket certificates. This also includes the full Eagle kit.
    • For Venturing crews, since there are not cloth rank advancements, $100 will be placed in your unit account.
  2. 10% off all other Scout Shop purchases.
  3. 2% additional popcorn commission.
  4. FREE Leader Specific (all leaders), Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (Boy Scout leaders), and BALOO (Cub Scout leaders) trainings for all leaders in your unit.
  5. FREE Commissioner Basic Training for commissioners that are registered with your unit.
  6. FREE shipping and postage from all items purchsed through the Scout Shop.

To Qualify for Gold Star Status

Unit much achieve its Family Friends of Scouting goal. The goal is $50 per registered Scout as of June 30, 2017. The benefits will be in place once the unit qualifies, and will last until the 2019 Family FOS presentation or until March 31, 2019, whichever comes earlier. To achieve the popcorn incentive, you must qualify by June 15, 2018.

Units may call upon businesses and community members to meet their goal, but must get approval from their District Executive (DE) before making the contacts. Business and community contacts worked without DE approval will not be counted toward the unit goal.

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