Each year at the Blue and Gold Banquet, our district commissioner, Jerry Jester, makes a short appeal to the parents to support the Friends of Scouting program for the Occoneechee Council. This is a very worthwhile cause and I encourage all families to donate whatever they can. Please read the information below to get a better understanding of Friends of Scouting and what the money goes to. Please bring your checkbook with you so that you can make your tax deductible donation and receive your commemorative patch.
What is Friends of Scouting?
Friends of Scouting is the annual campaign where the Occoneechee Council asks Scouting families, businesses and civic-minded citizens to support our mission of providing the Scouting program to tens of thousands of young people in our Council.
Why should I give to Friends of Scouting?
Friends of Scouting provides roughly one third of the money needed to operate the Occoneechee 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 Council spends approximately $120 per Scout each year to deliver these benefits and much more.
I already paid my child's registration and Pack 216 collects an annual activity fee. Haven't I already supported Scouting?
Your child's registration fee goes directly to the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America. The activity fee you pay to Pack 216 stays with the unit to help pay for trips and other activities. None of that money helps the Council pay for:
- Maintaining our camping properties at Camp Durant, Camp Reeves and Camp Campbell.
- Training thousands of adult volunteer leaders in areas such as Youth Protection, Cub/Boy Scouts Specific Leadership, New Leader Essentials, Outdoor Leadership Training and much more.
- Providing programs like Cub Scout Day Camp, Cub Resident’s Camp, Webelos Resident’s Camp, and Boy Scout Summer Camp.
Pack 216, Cary, NC