The Boy Scouts of America ~ Southwest Florida Council is a charitable a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
The SWFL Council is the only council in Florida that has operated for 8 consecutive year with a positive budget. The SWFL Council is recognized by the National, B.S.A. as a Gold Standard Journey to Excellence Fiscal Management Council.
What is Friends of Scouting?
Friends of Scouting is the annual campaign where the Southwest Florida Council asks Scouting families, businesses and civic-minded citizens to support our mission of providing the Scouting program to thousands of young people in Southwest Florida.
Why should I give to Friends of Scouting?
Friends of Scouting provides roughly one-quarter of the money needed to operate the Southwest Florida Council's Scouting camps, programs and facilities for a calendar year. These camping and training facilities are the "outdoor classrooms" in which Scouts have fun, learn leadership skills and develop into better young men and women. The Southwest Florida Council spends approximately $250 per Scout each year to deliver these benefits and much more.
I already paid my child's registration and his unit collects annual dues. Haven't I already supported Scouting?
Your child's registration fee goes directly to the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America. If your child's Scout unit collects dues, that money stays with the unit to help pay for trips and other activities. None of that money helps the Southwest Florida Council:
- Subsidize our programs, camps, support servicesso fees are not significantly higher thus unaffordable for many.
- Maintain the Council Service Center and Conference Center with a full-time staff to support the volunteers who deliver the Scouting program.
- Maintain and operate the two Scout Camps and all the facilities including the pools, COPE course, buildings, etc.
- Offer leadership training, instructional videos and free literature.
- Support Scouting communities through the monthly roundtable meetings and the council web site.
- Training thousands of adult volunteer leaders in youth protection
- Providing programs like Cub Scout Day Camp, Cub-O-Ree, Merit Badge Days, Winter Camp, National Youth Leadership Training, Venturing Activities and Rendevous Weekend, and annual Scout Shows.
The Southwest Florida Council is overseen by volunteers who serve on its Executive Board. This group employs a Scout Executive who is responsible for directing a professional and office staff who support the 21,000 youth and 2,775 adult volunteers across our 7 county region. These individuals coordinate recruiting of new members, starting new units, training, program development, district and council activities and oversee overall operation for the Scouting program in our districts and council region. The council also operates the 1,200 acre Price Saunders Scout Reservation - Camp Miles; 185 acre Camp Flying Eagle; the council volunteer service center and National B.S.A. retail Scout Shop in Fort Myers to support units, adult volunteers and its Scouting youth members/parents across the region.
It takes a full time support group and we only have 8 professional, 4 office and 2 camp rangers that oversee 21,000 youth members and 2,775 adult leaders in our council region. With the leadership of our organization, the 2,775 adult volunteers are able to efficiently and effectively provide quality programs to over 21,000 youth in all of the various Scouting programs in our region.
Our 2017 operating budget for our 7 county council region was $1,989,000. This is a significant 10% decrease versus our 2009 budget.
WITHOUT FRIENDS OF SCOUTING SUPPORT
IT WOULD COST:
? $225 per year for a boy to participate in Scouting in the SW
Florida Council. (current cost - $24 National B.S.A. fee)
? $575 per year per unit if they had to pay for Service Center and Scout Shop youth/parent, unit and leader support services provided. (current cost - $ 0.00)
? $750 per year minimum for a Boy Scout troop with 25 members to purchase merit badge and rank advancements. (current cost - $0.00 for "Do your Best Units")
? $500 - $1,000 for a unit to camp at Camp Flying Eagle or Miles for a weekend based on the annual cost and unit usage to operate our camps. (current cost- $ 0.00)
? $55-$85 PER Cub Scout for a council weekend camping event.
(current cost $15 - $25)
? Without the leadership of a full-time Scout professional to recruit, organize and support volunteers, a district would lose 50% of its youth members and adult volunteers within 18 months.
? $1,325 per month to operate the pool at Camp Flying Eagle.
? $3,130 per month in elecitricity alone in peak months to operate Camp Miles
? $250 to recognize ten boys with the Eagle Scout Recognition Award kits.
? $33,000+ per year to provide special assistance to at-risk Scouts in need.
? $1,715 per year to provide an at-risk school the Learning for Life program.
? $26,500 per year in insurance to insure the safety of our Scouts and leaders.
THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY YOU CAN HELP IS A DIRECT GIFT TO THE SCOUTING PROGRAM IN THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA COUNCIL THROUGH THE ANNUAL FRIENDS OF SCOUTING CAMPAIGN.
OUR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA COUNCIL FRIENDS OF SCOUTING CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR NEEDS TO RAISE OVER $500,000 TO CONTINUE TO JUST MAINTAIN ITS CURRENT LEVEL OF SUPPORT SERVICES.
WHILE YOU MAY BE THINKING ABOUT A GIFT YOU CAN PERSONALLY PROVIDE, THAT FIGURE MOST LIKELY WILL NOT CHANGE TOMORROW OR NEXT WEEK. WHAT WILL CHANGE IS THE IMPACT YOUR SUPPORT WILL HAVE IMMEDIATELY ON OUR ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO INSTILL STRONG ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING SKILLS AND POSITIVE VALUES IN BOYS IN OUR COMMUNITY.
HELP US MEET OUR OF GOAL OF HELPING A BOY .
PLEASE CONSIDER A GIFT AT YOUR HIGHEST CAPABLE LEVEL.
PLEASE SEE OUR FOS BROCHURE ON HOW TO CONTRIBUTE TO SCOUTING. GIFTS TO THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA COUNCIL OUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE.