Year End Giving

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A Message from the Scout Executive

For more than 112 years, the Scouting movement has offered young people the opportunity to prepare themselves for life. For generations, communities like ours have been positively impacted by Scouts who grow up to be adults who are contributing citizens. Products of Scouting help improve families, workplaces, and communities.

As we approach a new year, I can’t help but see a brighter future. Scouting here in South Jersey is on the rise. The Garden State Council is growing in numbers, strength, and diversity. Volunteers and staff are making significant in-roads in harder-to-serve communities and together we are fighting hunger through our annual service project, Scouting for Food. The outcomes of Scouting – being prepared, providing cheerful service, and leading with good character – are alive and well.

This holiday season, I ask you to consider renewing your past financial support before the end of the year. As an independent, 501(c)3, non-profit organization, registered in the state of New Jersey, the Garden State Council, BSA, operates exclusively on the generosity of members and community donors.

Your gift provides, among other things:

  • Local programs, activities, and trainings, where costs remain low because of your support.
  • Camp scholarships, uniforms, and registration fees for youth in need.
  • Field, admin, and camp staff who counsel, guide and support volunteer leadership.
  • Scout Shops and Service Centers that coordinate activities and provide customer service.
  • Free tent-camping access for Scouting families at Council camp properties.

When considering a gift to Scouting for 2022, please note it costs the Garden State Council $200 to provide one year of Scouting to each youth member. Again, any amount is appreciated. Participation is the key.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Here’s wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season! Thank you for your consideration and participation!

Patrick Linfors
Scout Executive / CEO
Garden State Council, BSA

Contact Us

For more information on planned giving, endowments, and strategies to maximize your support to local Scouting and build a legacy of support for future generations of Scouts, contact our Development Director Joyce Skradzinski at (856) 327-1700 ext. 124, joyce.skradzinski@scouting.org