Friends of Scouting

Why should I give to Friends of Scouting?
Friends of Scouting provides roughly thirty percent of the money needed to operate the East Texas Area Council's Scouting camps, programs and facilities for a calendar year. These camping and training facilities are the "outdoor classrooms" in which Scouts have fun, learn leadership skills and develop into better young men and women. The East Texas Area Council spends approximately $180 per Scout each year to deliver these benefits and much more.

I already paid my child's registration and his unit collects annual dues. Haven't I already supported Scouting?
Your child's registration fee goes directly to the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America. If your child's Scout unit collects dues, that money stays with the unit to help pay for trips and other activities. None of that money helps the East Texas Area Council pay for:

  • Maintaining and staffing Camp Pirtle
  • Training thousands of adult volunteer leaders in youth protection
  • Providing programs like Cub Scout Day Camp, Fun 'n Son, Cub Scout Resident Camp, Boy Scout Summer Camp, Boy Scout Winter Camp, Youth Leadership Training, Venturing Spring and Fall Activities
  • The very recruitment materials that your son received through our School Night for Scouting program.
  • Our ability to maintain a vibrant community presence that attracts other young men and women to a program that teaches citizenship, character, leadership, fitness and ecological stewardship.

If you are interested in helping to support scouting by investing in the program, please contact your District Executive or the Council Development Director for the East Texas Area Council, at (903) 597-7201.