Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Friends of Scouting

Longhorn Council is a nonprofit Cub Scout & Boy Scout council that provides services, programs, camps, and facilities to over 30,000 youth each year in 23 counties in North & Central Texas. 

The Council’s purpose is to provide the programs and infrastructure necessary to support Scout leaders as they work with your sons to deliver an effective Scouting program; including: 7 camps & program facilities (from 150 to 2500 acres), 21 major Cub Scout weekend programs during the school year, 19 day camps, 2 Cub resident camps, 9 major Boy Scout weekend events, 3 full Boy Scout summer camps & the Texas High Adventure Base, adult & youth training sessions, recruiting support, offices in Hurst & Waco, records, registrars, and insurance. 

Our projects are funded with Friends of Scouting contributions by Scouting families and business leaders, by popcorn and Camp Card sales, by activity fees, and by United Way.

So, as you can see, the Friends of Scouting is a critical fund-raising campaign that assists the Longhorn Council in offsetting program costs and enables them to continue providing quality service. The true cost of Scouting is much greater that what local dues, camping and event fees cover. 

All packs, troops and crews are encouraged to participate in the campaign and we hope all families will take the opportunity to contribute, too. 

Our campaign will kick off February 1 and will culminate at the Blue & Gold Banquet on Friday, February 24. The Council has established our Unit goal of $1400.  We have exceeded this the past two years and hope that we can keep this momentum moving!   By meeting our goal, we will be able to have FREE RANK ADVANCEMENT for our scouts OR a 50% discount on registrations to attend the Fall Festival in October at Sid Richardson!

SO the next burning question is...


The pledge can be a one-time gift, it can be a monthly or quarterly contribution – however it makes sense for you to meet your commitment, Longhorn Council can accommodate various billing requests. No gift is too big... no gift is too small... 

As a reminder, the budget to run the Scouting program throughout the Council is about $6.3 Million. Of this amount, $1.5 million comes from the Friends of Scouting effort – half of this amount comes from businesses throughout the community and the other half comes from the generous support of the families that participate in the program. It costs the Council approximately $300.00 per youth to operate the Program. The money is used to provide:

  • Free Council Camps to the Scouting Units of the Longhorn Council (we have utilized this benefit, camping out of council costs units PER PERSON for every attendee)
  • Maintenance and improvements to these campsites (Sid Richardson, Worth, Tahuaya)
  • Delivery of the Scouting Program to inner city youth that would otherwise not be introduced to the program
Please consider a pledge to the 2017 Friends of Scouting Campaign to help the Pack hit our goal. If you would like to make a pledge, please be prepared to do so at our Blue & Gold banquet.  We will have cards available there.  

If you want to see what some of the monies have been able to do in the past, please click here to see the What's New flyer.  It's also a great way to see some of the activities your sons can engage in when they become Boy Scouts, too!  Some of these upgrades are AWESOME!

In short, what we see is only about 20% of what actually goes on in Scouting.  We have professionals at all levels working to ensure this program is the best out there to prepare our boys for leadership and by giving them experiences they likely wouldn't have otherwise.  

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