Friends of Scouting

It’s time once again for the annual (FOS) campaign. This campaign consists of three elements, Family, Scouter, and Community. The Family Friends of Scouting campaign provides an opportunity for units, and the families that make up those units, to give back to scouting and help support our local council and its many activities.  Our District FOS goals for 2017 are:  Family/Scouter $80,000 and Community/Special Events (Patriot District Golf Tournament) $2,000.

While popcorn, mulch, and holiday green sales support our local units, and the dues we pay support the national organization, the money raised by Friends of Scouting helps pay for, among other things, the facilities and professional staffs of the National Capital Area Council, including those at camps Goshen and Snyder, training for adult leaders, and “camperships” for scouts with limited means. The council spends almost $200 per scout to provide these services, and the Friends of Scouting campaign is how we all can help meet that cost.

The primary means by which we reach all of the district’s families is through an annual presentation, normally given in the January – April timeframe. It is also important and very helpful to have each unit continue to follow-up with its families after the presentation to help ensure that everyone has a chance to contribute toward meeting our Patriot District Family goal.  We are now in the process of contacting the leaders of every unit in the district to schedule this year’s FOS presentation, but we encourage you to be proactive in that regard.  For units that have not yet had or scheduled an FOS presentation, please contact Mark Greer at 703-323-9033; For Troop presentations, the preferred venue is a Troop Court of Honor; for Pack Presentations, the preferred venue is a Blue & Gold Banquet or a Pinewood Derby (basically any event where a large number of parents will be).

Our goal is to reach 100% of the families in the Patriot District and to meet our financial goals in support of the Council.  Your support is essential to reaching that goal.

Please click here to learn more about how you can Support Scouting.

Mark Greer
Patriot District Vice-Chair for Finance