“The Adventure is Calling”  “Support the Adventure” 2016 Friends of Scouting 

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All of the pictures above are a direct result of our Friends of Scouting Campaign. Without your generous support Scouts would not be able to participate in Scouting activities like the ones above.

What Does the Council do for me

What is the role of the Catalina Council and the local Scout office in supporting Scouting in Southern Arizona?  This is a great question that deserves a great answer.  The local council is chartered by the Boy Scouts of America and exists to accomplish four main functions in a geographic area—membership, finance, program, and unit service.  These functions create, support, and sustain healthy Scouting units. 

How does this apply to you the Scout Family?  We support you with the list below.


SUPPORT AND MENTORSHIP OF VOLUNTEERS—This is accomplished through a strong district commissioner staff who regularly interact with local Scouting unit leaders.

UNDERWRITE INSURANCE PROTECTION—To include liability insurance protection and supplemental health/sickness insurance protection.


PROPERTIES—Catalina Council offers two diverse properties for Scouting use—Camp Lawton located on Mt. Lemmon and Double V Scout Ranch in the valley.

PROGRAMS—Catalina Council offers many outstanding, year-round quality programs designed to supplement unit activities including camporees, merit badge days, bike rodeos, Webelos Woods Cub Camps, and much more.

ORGANIZATIONAL STAFF—Scouting staff (DE’s @ office personnel) is available to help and assist unit leaders at any time.  Scouting staff maintain’ s unit records for membership and advancement.

RISK-FREE FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES—Catalina Council   provides an annual popcorn sale where the largest portion of the proceeds are returned to Scouting units.

TRAINING FOR LEADERS—Many training programs are offered for both adult and youth Scouting leaders to ensure that volunteers understand the program and their position. Training Porvided by the

SUNDRY ACCOUNTS FOR EASY SCOUT SHOP PURCHASES—Catalina Council offers unit sundry accounts so advancement volunteers can come and purchase badges in the Scout Shop    easily.



Who Pays for Scouting


Local Council

Financial resources for the local council (the local non-profit corporation chartered by the National Council) come from an annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign, local United Ways, foundation grants, special events, project sales, investment income, trust funds, bequests, and gifts of real and personal property.

These funds provide for professional staff supervision, organization of new Scouting units, service for existing units, training of volunteer leaders, and maintenance of local camps. They also finance the operation of the local council service center, where volunteer leaders obtain literature, insignia, advancement badges, and other items vital to the program. In addition, the service maintains advancement and membership records.

Community Organizations

Each chartered organization using the Scouting program provides a meeting place and adult volunteer leadership for its BSA unit(s). The chartered organization and local council must approve unit money-earning projects before the launch of the project.

Youth Members

Assisted by their parents or guardians, boys in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Varsity Scouting and young men and women in Venturing pay their from personal savings and participation in money-earning projects.

Members buy their own uniforms, handbooks, and personal equipment and pay for their own camp fees.

Packs, Troops, Teams, and Crews

Weekly or monthly dues and funds from approved money-earning projects meet expenses for supplies and activities in the Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, and Venturing Crew. These monies help pay for camping equipment, registration fees, Boy’s Life magazine, uniform insignia, special activities, and program materials.



Friends of Scouting Resources

Additional Support Programs for Scouting

Additional Support Programs for Scouting

Popcorn Sale Annual Fundraiser
Scouting License Plate
Donate Your Car
Donate Your Boat

Other types of contributions (contact Council/District representative)
service projects at the Double V Scout Ranch
service projects at Camp Lawton
donate camping equipment
donate office equipment to Council
volunteer your time with a District or Council committee

Frequently Asked Question

Frequently Asked FOS Questions

Question: Is my donation Tax Deductable?
Answer: Yes, the BSA is an approved Non-Profit organization.

Question: Is there a minimum donation limit?
Answer: No, while we encourage you to donate at least enough to fund the program for one scout for one year, any donation is accepted and appreciated.

Question: What methods may I use to pay for my Donation?
Answer: You can pay with cash, check, Mastercard, Visa or be billed. Please view the FOS Donation Form to see the billing options.

Question: How do I make my donation?
Answer: Either print, fill out and send in an FOS Donation Form or attend an FOS presentation at your closest Cub or Boy Scout unit.

Question: Can I donate Stock?
Answer: Yes, call the Catalina Council Service Center at (520)750-0385 or Toll Free 1-800-765-2543 for more information.


One Person Can Make a Difference, You  Too Can Make a Difference.

In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.

In 1649, one vote caused Charles I of England to be executed.

In 1776, one vote gave America the English language instead of German.

In 1845, one vote brought Texas into the Union.

In 1868, one vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.

In 1876, one vote gave Rutherford B. Hayes the presidency of the United States.

Each of us in our own way can make a difference in the lives of our Scouts with your support of our local Council through the Friends of Scouting Campaign.


Words to Live By…

“To Do My Duty To God and My Country”… Scouts have lived by these words since 1910 and throughout the years since then, parents have counted on Scouting to help their sons grow into strong, trustworthy leaders of good character.

The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allows them to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards.