Friends of Scouting


More than 7,000 Southern Arizona youth take part in the once-in-a-lifetime adventures and character building programs that can only be found in Scouting. In doing so, they discover skills they never knew they had and develop into the leaders we’ll need in the years to come.

Last year, the over 60 Scouts who earned their Eagle rank gave 35,000 hours back to our community in service. Thousands of Scouts also came together to collect 20,000 pounds of food to feed Southern Arizona’s hungry. Scouts are more likely than non-Scouts to graduate from high school and to stay away from drugs.

Scouting makes a dramatic, positive impact on Southern Arizona’s youth, our families, and our communities, but it won’t happen without your support.

Your gift to Friends of Scouting provides trained leaders, program materials, camping facilities, and insurance for safe and fun experiences. The annual Friends of Scouting campaign provides 30% of our Council’s budget. It is because of the generosity of our Scouting families and community supporters that the amazing benefits of Scouting are possible in Southern Arizona.


  • Every youth in Southern Arizona has the opportunity to be a Scout, no matter their economic circumstance
  • First-class camping programs at Camp Lawton and Double V Scout Ranch
  • Support and training for more than 1,400 volunteer leaders that make the Scouting program possible
  • Materials and program development for the exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that can only be found in Scouting
  • A safe and fun Scouting experience with insurance for Scouting activities


Learn more about how being a Friends of Scouting helps

Friends of Scouting Video Link

7 Steps of winning an FOS Presentation

Sample Letter to Unit Families

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 FOS Questions

Question: Is your donation tax deducible?

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.

The success of Friends of Scouting is vital to the success of the Scouting program in Southern Arizona area.  You can make a gift at an upcoming unit presentation or click here to Make A Gift Today

We hope you will join us in supporting the Friends of Scouting campaign. Your support is needed and greatly appreciated.