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1841 Norman Drive
Valdosta, GA 31601
Phone: 229-242-2331
FAX: 229-242-2325







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Friends of Scouting
1841 Norman Drive
Valdosta, GA 31601
Phone: 229-242-2331
FAX: 229-242-2325

Support Scouting 

Scouting instills a solid foundation of values and prepares our youth to participate fully in our increasingly complex society. Of all the organized activities available to youth today, Scouting stands alone in its wide range of rich learning experiences that positively affect the lives of youth. A tax deductible contribution to the Boy Scouts of America amounts to an investment in your child, your community, and your country. Contributions of any amount are welcome and appreciated - because it all adds up to make stronger Scouting programs and stronger communities.


Family Friends of Scouting

The cost to provide a quality Scouting program is approximately $150 per youth over and beyond current camp and activity participation fees and United Way contributions that the council receives. One of the ways you can help is supporting the Family Friends of Scouting campaign. Beginning in the first of the year, Packs, Troops, and Crews will be asked to participate in a Family FOS presentation. 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, Blue & Gold Banquet, or a Pack meeting. Each parent should have the opportunity to learn about our operations, and why they should consider making a contribution to support Scouting

Where Your Money Goes


Support from Many Sources Scouting funds are received through a variety of broad categories. Thanks to you and others, Scouting is a top program in our area. Hundreds of companies, organizations, and leaders not even registered in Scouting continually make the South Georgia Council their charity.

How it breaks down:

50% Friends of Scouting

2% United Way
18% Camping and Activities
13% Special Events (such as golf tournaments, Distinguished Citizens Dinners, Hunt Auctions)
11% Product Sales
2% Investments, Foundations & Other Income
4% Scout Shop Sales 

What are some of the things the South Georgia Council does for the leader and the unit? There are many services that the council provides for its volunteers.

Here are just some of the highlights.
Our Clerical Staff Helps: Handle registrations, BOYS' LIFE magazine subscriptions, advancement records, membership, training, and answer numerous daily Scouting questions Provide, without charge, dozens of regular and special forms, applications, certificates and literature

A Trained, Full-Time Staff to Help Units With: Informal training in unit operation, committees, commissioners, Quarterly Program Updates, meetings, conferences, courses, district and council activities that directly benefit leaders and units Contacts with the community resources (clubs, churches, government, etc.), securing help for all units that they alone could not obtain such as the use of parks, recreational areas, use of buildings for special affairs, picnic areas, camp sites and swimming facilities, etc.

The Council and Field Executives Help: Produce district and council calendars and schedules, programs, kits, and special aids to assist leaders and their committees Recruits and maintains a corp of commissioners to help unit leaders and committees

The Council Provides the Leader With: Formal training courses with most of the cost of trainer literature and materials, etc., and all the staff time included in the council budget.

Camping: Maintains Camps Osborn and Patten for year-round camping. Coordinate expeditions to High Adventue Bases and National Scout Jamboree To Help the Leader Develop His/Her Program, the

Council Provides Without Charge: Calendar of activities, meetings and special events, recruiting opportunities, materials, books, pamphlets, folders, videos, and special helps from the National Council and cooperating organizations.

To Protect the Unit Leader, The Council: Maintains a liability insurance policy which protects all leaders in the event of a suit arising from Scouting activities. Have staff members available on what is practically an around-the-clock, around-the-calendar basis to meet any emergency. WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU! 




Leaving a Legacy:  Consider the great investment opportunities: gold, real estate, stocks and bonds, and BOY SCOUTS. Yes, the Boy Scouts. Other investment opportunities lose their

luster, their value declines according to the whims of an unpredictable market. But the worth of the Boy Scouts never declines - it is an investment that always appreciates and always pays dividends because Boy Scouts invest in people. For over 90 years, the programs of the Boy Scouts of America have been teaching young people fundamental lessons in life, and developing enlightened, responsible citizens by instilling the timeless values of trustworthiness and loyalty, helpfulness and friendliness, cheerfulness, courage and kindness. Yet like all good investments, the Boy Scouts need contributions now to reap a golden harvest in the future. Encouraging gifts to the BSA local council endowment fund is one of Scout's highest priorities. It is one of the best ways to ensure that your council can continue to offer the outstanding programs it now has and also grow to meet the needs of the youth and communities it serves.

James E. West was the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, and he served in that position for more than three decades. The West Fellowship award is available for gifts of $1,000 and up in cash or marketable securities to our council endowment fund. The gift must be in addition to - and not replace or diminish - the donor's annual Friends of Scouting support. Many individuals and corporations make these gifts on behalf of someone else - such as in honor of an Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver recipient, a retirement, a special accomplishment, or anniversary or in memory of a special individual. If an institution is truly "the lengthened shadow of a man" it is more than fitting that the BSA honor James E. West's significant contributions to Scouting in such a significant way.

Founded in 1910, Boy Scouts of America has grown into something larger and more significant than anyone anticipated. We honor that special day by presenting the 1910 Society award to donors who make gifts of $25,000 or more to our council endowment. These gifts can be in the form of cash, securities, land, five-year pledges, or other property suitable for a council endowment fund or easily converted to cash. There are four levels of recognition in the 1910 Society that honor four very special individuals who shaped modern-day Scouting. Ernest Thompson Seton, nationally known artist and naturalist, author of the first official American Scout handbook and many other books important to Scouting. Seton Level Membership: $25,000 minimum gift
Daniel Carter Beard, first chairman of the National Court of Honor, national Scout commissioner, and author of many well known books and stories for youth. Beard Level Membership: $100,000 minimum gift Theodore Roosevelt, first Chief Scout Citizen, first vice president of the BSA, and president of the United States. Roosevelt Level Membership: $500,000 minimum gift Waite Phillips, one of the BSA's first benefactors, and donor to the BSA of almost 130,000 acres of land in New Mexico which became Philmont Scout Ranch. Phillips Level Membership: $1,000,000 and up

The Founders Circle The last level of endowment recognition, the Founders Circle, is intended to recognize deferred gifts designated for council endowment funds. With deferred giving (also called planned giving) so widely and effectively used by so many donors, the BSA wants to recognize the importance of such major gifts. Donors are recognized for gift commitments with a minimum value of $100,000. Unlike the other endowment recognition awards, a donor may qualify for membership with gifts made through:

Charitable bequests in a will or codicil Charitable trusts, such as unitrusts, annuity trusts, and lead trusts. BSA Gift Annuities or BSA Pooled Income Fund gifts Life insurance/retirement plan designations Other deferred gifts approved by the local council

As with the 1910 Society, there are four levels of membership within the Founders Circle. They are:

Bronze: $100,000 minimum gift commitment Silver: $250,000 minimum gift commitment Gold: $500,000 minimum gift commitment
Platinum: $1,000,000 minimum gift commitment

The early founders of the BSA had the vision and commitment to make Scouting the number one youth organization in the world. In that spirit, we honor the modern-day visionaries who qualify for the Founders Circle in their commitment to perpetuate the visions and beliefs of those founders.  







 Friends of Scouting

Friends of Scouting Delivering the promise of programs that shape the lives of young people is the goal of the South Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America. Because our goal is to serve every available youth that wishes to join Scouting, your generous support is needed to provide quality programs, activities, support services and facilities.

A major source of revenue for the Council is the annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) Campaign. The South Georgia Council's campaign asks concerned individuals and community businesses and leaders to financially support the council's operations and continued service to youth and their leaders.

Your FOS gift supports the following initiatives:

• Activities for youth that have minimal fees, such as Cub Scout Day Camp, camporees, Cub Family         Camping weekends, and many more. • Your council service center for volunteers that provides administrative and program support to unit leaders • The Scout Shop to provide uniforms, advancement and recognition patches, and program materials for    youth and leaders Basic and advanced leader training programs and materials • A full-time, trained professional staff committed to the continued successful operation of the Scouting   program for thousands of youth in our communities • Liability insurance for adult leaders and chartered organizations • Accident and sickness insurance coverage for all registered scouts and leaders • Free services on estate planning, taxes, trusts, wills and planned giving for donors interested in keeping the   Scouting program moving forward


Special Events

The South Georgia Council runs a variety of special events throughout the year designed to honor community leaders, tell the story of the council, and to raise funds to support our numerous programs.

Distinguished Citizens Dinner This gala, black tie affair is designed to honor outstanding citizens in the Valdosta/Lowndes County area. Past recipients have been Ed Crane, Loyce Turner, Dr. Hugh Bailey, Hon. Mac McLane, Joe Cordova, the late Bill Eager, Dr. Ron Zaccari, and Jerry Jennett. Guest speakers have included Saxby Chambliss, Gov. Sonny Perdue, Johnny Isaakson and Jack Kingston.

Sporting Clays Tournament This annual event brings teams from all counties across the council to Southwinds Quail and Sporting Clays course to show off their skills, have a great time and raise much needed funds for Scouting.