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

By Text: Text SUPPORT2020 to 71777 and follow the prompts.

Or visit

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 Unit Coordinators

We encourage units to sign up for your 2020 Friends of Scouting Presentation to support our annual FOS Family Campaign.

Want to be more successful as a FOS Unit Coordinator? View the guide here.

Pre-presentation Email Template

Post Presentation Email Template

2020 FOS Unit Coordinator Training Slidedeck

For Presenters

Need tips? Please check out our Presenter Guide 2020

Don’t know what to say? Here’s a sample Family Friends of Scouting Presentation Recipe for success!

Please see the 2020 FOS Recognition Levels for detailed information on the recognition offered to your unit for participating in the FOS campaign. Click here for more details.

2020 FOS Presenter Training Slidedeck

Overcoming Objections and FAQs


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

2020 Friends of Scouting Resource Video

John Duncan – FOS Presentation Video

Jack Barnett – FOS Presentation Video

National Friends of Scouting Video