Help us build an adventure for youth! You can help us fulfill our mission of offering a quality Scouting program to every eligible youth in our community. In fact, you are a very important part of our success. We rely on parent and community support because we receive no national or state funding.
The Long Beach Area Council is a 501(c)3 organization recognized by the IRS. We operate on charitable contributions from people like you. We have earned a rare, 4-star charity rating from Charity Navigator, the leading independent non-profit evaluator.
The Friends of Scouting campaign raises funds from people just like you committed to seeing the Scouting program thrive. Parents, family, friends, peers, employers, and companies alike can make tax-deductible gifts to support youth in our community.
To make an easy donation online, click here (secure site)
Coordinator Materials 2017
What or who is Friends of Scouting (FOS)?
You, me, and everyone. Friends of Scouting is the name given to our annual giving campaign raising funds from people like you committed to seeing the Scouting program thrive. Parents, family, friends, peers, employers, and companies can all make tax-deductible gifts to support our Scouting program.
Why is the Council asking me for money?
Simply put, we ask families to support us to cover the true cost of the program. True cost? Yes. What most members of Scouting don't see are the hundreds of thousands of dollars paid annually to have a Scouting program here in the Long Beach area. Things such as Camp Tahquitz, Sea Base, rank advancement record keeping, newsletters, webpages and other communications to keep us all connected and Scouting alive. In addition, we pay to National BSA franchise fees, insurance fees, software fees, and other costs that we are not allowed to pass on to Scouting families. Instead, we ask for your voluntary support. The true cost to operate Scouting locally is more than $560 per Scout per year.
|Liability Insurance Fee||$12,000/year|
|Learning for Life Fee||$2,000/year|
|Unemployment Ins Fee||$1,440/year|
|Scout Shop Inventory||$135,000+|
|Scouter's Key Newsletter||$5,000/year|
|Online and Mobile Giving||$2,500/year|
|Bridge Across Hwy 38||$300,000|
|Health Lodge & K-Lodge Renovation||$77,000|
|K-Lodge Deck Repair||$25,000|
|Climbing Ropes & Harnesses||$6,000/year|
|Water Wells Reactivated||$5,000|
|Send a Kid to Camp||$350|
|New Dining Hall||$2,500,000|
Wait, but haven't I paid my dues already?
Yes -- but none of that money stays local. Your $24 membership fee is collected locally but is sent directly to National BSA. They use that for research and development; marketing, training materials, and national high adventure camps in New Mexico, Minnesota, Florida, and West Virginia.
What about my Pack or Troop dues?
Right again -- your Pack or Troop probably collects dues for their annual expenses too. Things like outings, awards, equipment, activities, food, transportation, and materials. This money stays with the Pack or Troop. So 100% of your dues either go to National BSA or stay in your Pack or Troop. None of that benefits the Long Beach Area Council who provides the opportunity to be a Scout in this area as well as support, activity and training programs.
Ok, so what does the Long Beach Area Council spend money on?
Why do you need my money?
Below shows you just a small sample of the costs to run our local Scouting program. We ask for your support because we are not allowed to mandate any fee above and beyond the $24 membership fee that is collected by us and sent to the National BSA office.
What do you do with my money?
Over 83% goes to programs. That means summer camps, day camps, program equipment, materials, camporee, trainings, membership campaigns, insurance, inner-city outreach and more. The Long Beach Area Council's budget is $2,004,817 for 2017. Here is the breakdown of expenses:
83.8% - Program
10.7% - Administrative
5.5% - Fundraising
Among the council's many important functions are:
- operating summer camps
- handling year-round camping programs
- conducting formal and informal training
- supporting district and council events
- maintaining communications (weekly emails, newsletters, and website)
- recording advancement
- providing unit accident insurance
- processing registration
Just so we are clear, the Long Beach Area Council is member supported.
- no federal funding
- no state funding
- no national BSA funding
- raises 100% of the dollars here in the Long Beach area
- all dollars raised support the youth in our community
So you ask parents to pay everything? Why not ask business or other people for money?
No, parents do not shoulder the entire load. We absolutely ask the community at large for support. The cost to support one scout in the Long Beach Area Council for one year is more than $560 per year. The Council subsidizes a majority of that cost for all Scouts. We ask families to help offset a small portion of the true cost. Fully 87% of the Council budget comes from sources other than donations from families. Speaking of our annual budget, here is our expected income sources for 2017:
$692,700 -- Camping Revenue
$330,000 -- Investment Income
$227,000 -- Private and Family Foundations
$221,165 -- Activity Revenue
$195,000 -- Friends of Scouting
$104,750 -- Special Events
$96,202 -- Scout Shop
$82,000 -- Other Sources
$56,000 -- Popcorn and Camp Cards
Who is the Long Beach Area Council?
The Long Beach Area Council is one of 272 councils (think of franchises) of the Boy Scouts of America independently operated to run Scouting programs in the greater Long Beach area. We serve over 3,600 youth and 1,400 registered adult volunteers like you. We are a 501(c)3 organization in good standing recognized by the IRS. Additionally, we have earned a rare 4-star charity rating from Charity Navigator, the leading independent non-profit evaluator, and have been named to their Top 10 Charities Worth Watching in the United States.
How do I make a gift?
It's super easy. We have so many options:
- Online at longbeachbsa.org/donate
- Options to give one-time or recurring monthly
- Use any credit card
- Receive automatic receipts and notification via mobile and email
- No checkbook with you? Text Launch to 41444 -- it's awesome and safe
- Send a check via mail to 401 E 37th St Long Beach 90807
- Bring cash to our Scout Office at 401 E 37th Long Beach 90807
- Volunteer your time -- submit hours to your employer
- Matching gifts -- ask your employer to match your donation
- By phone: contact Marc Bonner at 562-427-0911 x280
What do I get for giving?
From experience we have found that most donors give from the heart knowing they make a difference in an organization in which they believe in and may even benefit from. More often than not, they do not ask or want anything in return. Giving can be deeply fulfilling. That said, we do offer small tokens of appreciation. For any size gift, we offer a lapel pin. For $120 or more, we offer a patch. For $500 or more, we extend an invitation to a VIP reception.
What about camp discounts?
Scouts can receive a 10% discount to one of three camps if and only if their unit fulfills their Build an Adventure Campaign goal by May 31, 2017. Read below for clarification guidelines on camp discounts:
- Discount applies only if the unit reaches their goal calculated at $120/Scout
- Discount applies to all Scouts in the unit, regardless of individual family contribution
- Discount applies only to 1) Summer Camp at Tahquitz, or 2) LB Sea Base Summer Aquatics, or 3) LB Cub Day Camp
- Discount applies only to one (1) of the above camps per summer, per Scout
- Discount does not apply to multiple camps during the same summer
- Discounts may be issued as a refund, after the cost of camp is paid in full
- Not intended as binding agreement. Subject to change by Camp Management.
Launch an Eagle Video Clip (YouTube 7:36)