Friends of Scouting


The true cost of Scouting is much higher than what most people realize. Consider all of the "hidden" costs incurred by the council in order to deliver the most impactful program.

Friends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, business and community organizations to support Scouting.

Council Funding


Consider all of the benefits that Scouting has brought to our community.

Your financial investment, plus your time and talent, is among the greatest gifts you can give. Take a moment to make an investment in our community’s future and help ensure the continued legacy of Sam Houston Area Council Scouting.


Scouting offers life-changing experiences youth cannot get anywhere else. Scouting makes the most of the little time parents have to positively impact their children. Friends of Scouting provides the funds needed to deliver a strong program to over 60,000 local youth.

Your investment enables Scouts to accomplish countless good turn projects throughout the year, such as landscaping at local parks and churches, clean up and recycle programs, food and clothing drives, and much more. The council records over 800,000 local community service hours annually.

Throughout the year, Sam Houston Area Council provides resources for youth and adult trainings, advancements and programs. Scouts have the opportunity to experience activities such as canoeing, climbing, fishing, swimming, zip lining, horseback riding, learning about STEM careers and shooting sports year-round. We also partner with organizations like the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo to provide amazing, exclusive opportunities families can enjoy.

Camp is all about fun and learning. Your support helps provide camp staff and keep council camp facilities among the best. Scouts learn by doing and encountering new ways to achieve. Council camps are constantly being maintained and updated each year with exciting new programs for the enjoyment of local Scouts and families. Friends of Scouting dollars go toward important local council expenditures such as operating camps. Together, these camps offer 7,410 acres of outdoor education.

About Friends of Scouting (FOS)

Friends of Scouting is an opportunity for families, friends, alumni, business and community organizations to support Scouting. Help us provide the resources necessary to make sure every youth can benefit from Scouting’s fun, exciting, adventure-filled activities that foster character, honesty, respect and life-long values. The $24 annual Scouting registration fee goes directly to the national office of the Boy Scouts of America. If a Scout unit collects dues, that money stays with the unit to help pay for supplies, advancements and other activities. None of that money helps the Sam Houston Area Council. In order to keep Scouting affordable for all youth, the council runs an annual Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign.

Friends of Scouting helps:

  • Recruit and train youth and leaders
  • Provide assistance to those in need
  • Keep our camps and activities affordable
  • Enhance programming and facilities
  • Provide communication tools for volunteer leaders

Friends of Scouting contributions provide approximately 24% of the support the council receives each year. The success of Scouting depends on those who support it. Please help Scouting provide the resources necessary to make sure every youth can benefit from Scouting’s fun, exciting, adventure-filled activities that foster character, honesty, respect and life-long values. Your generous tax-deductible gift to the Boy Scouts of America provides direct funding for educational initiatives and active learning that program fees alone do not cover – is a statement about your belief in Scouting, our programs and our properties and in our belief in educating the entire mind of the young people.

Friends of Scouting Campaign Material

A successful Scouting program is made possible by the generosity of families, business community, and individuals believing in the Scouting mission. You can help today by supporting the annual Friends of Scouting campaign. Additional information can be found on

2017 Limited-Edition Donor Incentives

$225 Sponsor one Scout – Council Shoulder Patch (CSP)
$450 Sponsor two Scouts – SHAC Cap
$675 Sponsor three Scouts – SHAC Belt Buckle
$900 Sponsor four Scouts – SHAC Neckerchief
$1350 Sponsor den or patrol – Recognition on donor banner displayed at all summer camps

Company Matching Gifts

Many corporations match employee contributions made to the Boy Scouts. Some companies even make financial contributions for volunteering time to Scouting.

Companies with Volunteer Grants

Numerous local companies recognize volunteer time through the donation of cash grants to non-profits in which their employees volunteer. This means that for each hour of volunteer time, employers donate funds to support the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Volunteer time is money with volunteer grants.

Harris Interactive Survey

The Boy Scouts of America commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct the Values of Americans study to examine the ethics and character of Americans young and old, and to see if values have changed over time. The Boy Scouts also wanted to determine how Scouting has influenced the values of adults over their lifetimes and the lives youth members. Scouting has touched the lives of many youth and adults across America.

More than one in 10 boys (11 percent) in the United States is currently a Scout, and an additional 23 percent have been Scouts at some point in their lives. Boys who are or were Scouts have been in the program for an average of nearly five years. By the time boys reach adulthood, 54 percent have been in a Scouting program at some time in their youth. On average, men were youth members of a Scouting program for four years; however, 42 percent stayed in Scouting for five or more years.


Brian McGuire
Family FOS Campaign
(713) 756-3358

Dustin Boatright
District Community FOS Campaign
(713) 756-3310


Travis Briner
Board of Directors and Council FOS Campaign
(713) 756-3370