Family-Friends of Scouting campaign

posted Nov 2, 2016, 12:55 PM by John Royar   [ updated Nov 2, 2016, 1:14 PM ]

Dear Scout Parent,

In January, the East Texas Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, will start conducting a “Family” Friends of Scouting campaign as we do each year. I think you will agree Scouting is truly an important part of what makes America great. The principles that Scouting teaches are as relevant today as they were when the Boy Scouts first began more than 100 years ago. By investing in our Council through the Friends of Scouting campaign, you can help provide a program that stands for what is good and right in today’s world. The Friends of Scouting campaign is designed to allow you to join hands with the local council to help ensure that a quality Scouting program is delivered to young people in the East Texas area. District volunteer representatives will be conducting a Friends of Scouting presentation in your unit. This meeting will be the kickoff for our annual Friends of Scouting Campaign. However, you don't have to wait. You can give using online donations at anytime.


  • Scouting accepts no federal grants or monies in order to remain a private youth organization in order to maintain our own strict standards of membership and program for your child.
  • The East Texas Area Council does not receive any of the registration fees paid by parents to join Scouting. These fees are sent directly to the National Service Center located in Irving, Texas.
  • Your local Council receives no financial assistance from the National organization. All money needed to operate annually is generated locally.
  • The East Texas Area Council is a non-profit organization that exists solely and completely on the generous contributions of the people in the areas we serve and the revenue we generate through operations.
  • Your contribution allows you to enjoy Scouting locally, have access to a Council-owned, operated and maintained Scout Camp and be supported by committed and trained local staff commissioned by the National Council in Irving, Texas.
  • Your financial support allows the Scouts in East Texas to operate out of a service center in Tyler, Texas rather than out of a larger city such as Dallas or Houston.

It requires an estimated $1.4 million dollars annually to be the East Texas Area Council and provide Scouting locally. Your financial support, on any level, contributes to the guarantee that Scouting in East Texas will always remain in East Texas.

Once again, thank you for your consideration of this request. If you have any questions, please call us. Together, we can help deliver the promise of the Scouting program. Sincerely,


Council Key – 3
Robert Bailes, Council President
John Royar, Council Commissioner
Dewayne Stephens, Scout Executive