Friends of Scouting

What is Friends of Scouting and why is it so important to contribute to the annual Friends of Scouting Campaign?

Two great questions! Friends of Scouting (FOS) is the annual giving campaign of the Laurel Highlands Council, BSA, which provides the necessary funds to ensure a quality Scouting program for youth. More specifically, by supporting FOS, you help us keep:

  • The cost of our camps affordable
  • Our service centers and camping facilities in top condition
  • Our promise of a quality Scouting experience to your son and others in Scouting

The Friends of Scouting Campaign is a vital component to the programs and services of the Laurel Highlands Council. The money raised through Friends of Scouting offsets cost of training leaders, operating camps and our service center, as well as providing other resources to Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops and Venture Crews throughout our council.

This year, we are asking for a level of support of $196 (Patch) or $300 (Coin).  If you are able to give at these levels, you will receive a gift of gratitude from the Laurel Highlands Council. Parents of Scouts and community members play a vital role in the annual Friends of Scouting campaign by contributing money based on their interest in the program and their ability to give to this important component of the Scouting program.

 2016 FOS CSP

 2016 Friends of Scouting Patch




2016 Coin -  Front

 2016 Coin -  Back

Now is the time to sign up for a Friends of Scouting presentation at your unit’s biggest gathering (typically the Blue and Gold Banquet or a Troop Court of Honor) during the months of February through May. The presentation, which takes approximately 7 minutes to conduct, informs parents and leaders of all council services, its financial needs and extends an opportunity to help fulfill the need. 

 2016 Friends of Scouting 527 Sponsor Patch


The Laurel Highlands Council #527 serves youth throughout our communities, providing the epitome of Outdoor Adventure at one of our 10 camping properties.  It takes a lot to fund the continued development and facility maintenance that keep our Scouts coming back for weekend and week-long resident camps.

And now you can make an impact, not only on the day to day operations of the Scouting program, but also on the much needed capital to improve and maintain our camps!

By becoming a 527 Sponsor, your contribution will not only support the Scouting program, 10% of that funding will also support the purchase of tents for our camps.

Your gift of $527 can make these needed camp improvements happen

Contact your District Executive for further information. Contact List

Help keep Scouting strong in the Laurel Highlands Council area by participating as a Friend of Scouting. Thank you for your generous support!


 The “True” Cost of Scouting

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“The Iceberg Analogy”

 But there is a whole lot more below the waterline!


Volunteer and Staff Training
Training for more than 6,000 volunteer leaders every year.

Insurance Coverage
To protect our volunteers, charter organizations, staff members and properties.

Support Staff
For registration, typing publications, and program support.

Reference Publications and Resources
Everything from program planning kits and Program helps to camping information books.

Camp Promotion
For Heritage Scout Reservation, Camp Guyasuta, Camp Twin Echo, Camp Baker & Camp Anawanna

Friendly Camp Rangers
To keep our beautiful camps up-to-date and ready to our Scouts.

Camp Equipment
Tents, cooking equipment, camp vehicles, building repairs, canoes, equipment replacement and repair, and upkeep of your council camps.

RecognitionsFor leaders who attend training, volunteer for special projects and help out in many roles throughout Scouting.

Professional Staff
Who work with volunteers to organize new units, manage fund-raising programs, conduct trainings, work with membership recruitment, provide counseling and advice for your district, our camps, and programs.

Administrative Needs
Postage, computers and link-up to National Computer System, copy machines, folding machines, print shop.


Service Center
Utilities, insurance, repairs and care for our headquarters at Flag Plaza.

Charter Fees
For every Scouting youth, leader, and unit.

Audio Visual Supplies
Used in training camp Used in training camp support.

Mailings to leaders, parents, and youth members.

Council Newsletter
Our newsletter so you know what is going on locally in Scouting.

Council Website
Go online ( to learn more about our council and its program

Unit Program Calendar
And many other items provided to help you plan your weekly program.



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