Friends of Scouting

Why Support Scouting?

Each year the Northeast Illinois Council conducts a Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign to raise unrestricted operating dollars to cover, in part, the annual expenses involved in the operations of our council. We have known for years that there are individuals, businesses, corporations, and trusts that desire to create and maintain a connection with the council through the giving of financial resources to Scouting. The unrestricted financial gifts are given with the understanding that the council will use these dollars as needed to ensure the continuation of a quality Scouting program for the youth of our area.

The dollars raised through the FOS Campaign allow us to keep activity costs to a minimum, operate a service center to support our youth and leaders, and provide a trained professional field staff who work directly with our Scouting units and District leaders.

Donate Now: Family FOS

Aptakisic District – Unit Fundraising Pages – Bannockburn, Buffalo Grove (Northeast), Deerfield, Fort Sheridan, Green Oaks, Highland Park, Highwood, Kildeer, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Mettawa, Mundelein, Riverwoods, Roundout, and Vernon Hills.

North Star District – Unit Fundraising Pages – Antioch, Beach Park, Fox Lake, Gages Lake, Grayslake, Great Lakes Naval Station, Gurnee, Ingleside, Island Lake, Lake Villa, Lakemoor, Lindenhurst, Millburn, North Chicago, Park City, Round Lake Communities, Third Lake, Volo, Wadsworth, Wauconda, Waukegan, Wildwood, Winthrop Harbor and Zion.

Potawatomi District – Unit Fundraising Pages – Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Northbrook, Northfield, Skokie (Skevanston areas), Wilmette and Winnetka.

Donate Now: FOS Leadership Campaign

This year, members of the District Committee, the District Commissioner Staff, and non-unit Scouters (Merit Badge Counselors, Scouter Reserve, Scout Alumnus, etc). are asked to show their leadership through the Friends of Scouting Leadership Campaign for their district.  Donations to your district’s Leadership Campaign can be made online at the following pages:

Aptakisic District FOS Leadership Campaign

North Star District FOS Leadership Campaign

Potawatomi District FOS Leadership Campaign

Matching Gifts

To Double your Donation through employer matched gifts, follow these simple steps:

1. Go to

2. Search for your company

3. Follow the prompts to start the process

If your company doesn’t appear in the search engine, simply contact your company’s HR department for a matching gift form

For Units

We encourage units to sign up for your 2018 Friends of Scouting Presentation to support our annual FOS Family Campaign.

Want to be more successful as an FOS Unit Coordinator? View our guide here!

Our 2018 Scout Bucks incentive continues to gain momentum. You can view the instructions on our 2018 Scout Bucks Incentives.

For Presenters

Need tips? Please check out our FOS Presenter Guide

Don’t know what to say? Here’s a sample FOS Family Presentation Script.

Please see the 2018 FOS Recognition Levels for detailed information on the recognition offered to your unit for participating in the FOS campaign.

2018 FOS Presenter Training Slidedeck

2018 FOS Presenter Training Video


These videos can be helpful when presenting or even learning more about Friends of Scouting:

John Duncan – FOS Presentation Video

Jack Barnett – FOS Presentation Video