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Friends of Scouting

True investment in Scouting

As a steward to Scouting, we all have an obligation to supporting all needs of the Norwela Council, BSA. One of those needs is financial. The Friends of Scouting Campaign is our annual financial Stewardship effort to raise the funds necessary to support the Scouts in our Council.

One of the ways you can help with stewardship is supporting the Family Friends of Scouting (FOS) Campaign. Beginning in the first of the year, your Pack, Troop, or Crew will be asked to participate in a Family FOS Campaign. A representative of your district will come to one of your meetings to talk with parents about the Family FOS Campaign. The best time is when you have a majority of your parents in attendance, like a Court of Honor, or Blue and Gold Banquet.

All Packs, Troops, and Crews in the Council have an obligation of support the efforts of the Norwela Council, and Family FOS is one of those obligations. Each parent should have the opportunity to learn about our operations, and why they should consider making a contribution to support Scouting.

Each year beginning in January The Norwela Council begins it’s Friends of Scouting campaign. Friends of Scouting are individuals who include Scouting in their charitable giving on a annual basis. Friends of Scouting is the major source of income for The Norwela Council. The levels of giving are:

  • Benefactor – $2,500.00 and up
  • Guardian Member – $1,000 to $2,499
  • Patron – $500 to $999
  • Leadership Member – $250 to $499
  • Century Member – $100 to $249
  • Supporter – Any Gift

For more information about Family FOS, or to schedule a Family FOS presentation in your unit, please contact your District Executive or Family FOS Chair.

Other Ways to Give

There are a variety of methods in which gifts can be made to Scouting.

James E. West Fellowships

A national recognition for individuals who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the endowment. Many donors choose to honor someone with this gift – an Eagle Scout, Scouting volunteer, or a departed loved one.

Heritage Society

A recognition program of The Norwela Council, this program recognizes gifts of cash, securities or other assets of $5,000 or more. To qualify for the Heritage Society an individual can make an immediate gift or a pledge to be fulfilled over a period of time.


A memorial gift to honor a special person.

Wills and Estate Plans

You can also include Scouting in your will and estate planning. For more information contact Jeffery Brasher at (318) 868-2774. You can also visit for more information about planned giving.