Friends of Scouting


A financial investment in Scouting changes lives. Friends of Scouting (FOS) is the council's major direct contribution campaign for members of the Scouting family and community members. To make your FOS gift online, or to fulfill your pledge, please click here.

Friends of Scouting (FOS) is the name given to Scouting's annual financial support campaign. The FOS Campaign is broken into two divisions, Family and Community. The council's operation, including upkeep and maintenance of our camping properties, registrations and record keeping services, and our field staff, are all funded by private contributions received through the FOS Campaign.

Our Council receives no government funding and no United Way Community Care dollars, and 100% of youth and adult registration fees are transmitted to the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, or used directly to pay insurance costs.

Family FOS: The cost of delivering the full Scouting program for one Scout is $200. Each Scouting family is asked to support the Garden State Council at a minimum level of $52, $1 a week. 

Incentives: When you make a pledge of $25 or more you will recieve the "I Support Scouting" magnet. Families that donate $125 or more will receive the "I Will Do My Best" shoulder patch (CSP).  Adults that volunteer to be FOS presenters will be awarded the special "2018 FOS Presenter" patch.  Every unit that hold an FOS presentation will receive the "2018 Family Presentation" ribbon.

Families that have the ability to provide additional support are encouraged to do so. Currently only 33% of our Scouting families pledge their financial support to Garden State Council.

Learn how to increase your donation without extra cost to you by applying for Matching Gifts or Volunteer Involvement Programs offered by your workplace. Click here for more information.

To make your FOS pledge online now, click here to visit our secure donation link. 


To request a Friends of Scouting presentation for your unit, contact your District Executive:

Bill Wasekanes - Baysea District Serving Cape May & Cumberland Counties
Michael Perry -  Old Colony District serving Gloucester & Salem Counties
Justin LoMonaco - Quakesen District serving Eastern Burlington County
Joe Blazejewski - Mahalala District serving Western Burlington County
Janet Boris - White Horse District serving Camden County

Westampton phone number: 609-261-5850  
Millville phone number: 856-327-1700