Financing Scouting

Updated 12/15/2013
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The Buffalo Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, is a non-profit corporation registered in the state of Texas and meeting the guidelines of Federal 501(c)(3) Corporations.

Council funds for operations come primarily from the following sources:

Other 16.7%

Friends of Scouting 15.0%
United Way 9.0%
Camping & Activity Fees 36.8%
Foundations & Special Events 22.5%

Friends of Scouting

Friends of Scouting logoEach year, beginning in January, the Buffalo Trail Council begins its annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign. Friends of Scouting are individuals who include Scouting in their charitable giving on an annual basis. Friends of Scouting are the major source of income for the Buffalo Trail Council.

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.

  • For more information about Family FOS, or to schedule a Family FOS presentation in your unit, please contact your District Executive or Family FOS Chair.
  • To learn more about the “Gold Star” recognition program for units, please click here.
  • To make an ONLINE donation to the Friends of Scouting campaign, please click here.
  • To learn more about how the funds benefit the programs of the Buffalo Trail Council, download this year’s Friends of Scouting brochure.
  • To learn more about the entire series of Family FOS patches from the Buffalo Trail Council, including all future patches, and how to order an entire set, click here.

United Ways

The Buffalo Trail Council receives allocations from the following United Ways (United Funds/United Appeals, etc.):

United Way of Midland
United Way of Odessa
United Way of Big Spring and Howard County
Andrews County United Way
Scurry County United Way

Activity and Camp Fees

Most activity and camp programs require a fee be paid by participants. These fees are kept as low as possible and are designed to defray the cost of the activity.

Special Events

The council will conduct special events principally for the purpose of raising funds but also to create goodwill and generate public relations. Included in special events budget is the council annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament, Sporting Clays Shoot, Over the Edge, Sustainability Awards Luncheon, and the Distinguished Citizen’s Award Dinner. To participate in one, or more, of the council’s special events, please contact Aaron Bedell (  at 432-570-7601.

Product Sales

He camps. You snack. When you purchase Trail’s End products you’re getting more than delicious snacks and gifts – you’re helping local Scouts fund their programs and activities, lie camping, equipment, uniforms and more. 70% of your purchase goes back to the Scout’s unit and local council in his name.

Endowment Fund

The council has approximately $2,400,000 in long-term investments in its trust fund. Proceeds from this account are used in the operation of the annual budget of the council. Ther are several ways to contribute to the council’s endowment fund:

James E. West Fellowship AwardJames E. West Fellowships

A national recognition for individuals who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the endowment fund. Many donors choose to honor someone with this gift – an Eagle Scout, Scouting volunteer, or a departed loved one.

Heritage SocietyHeritage Society

A recognition program of the Buffalo Trail Council, this program recognizes gifts of cash, securities or other assets of $5,000 or more. To qualify for the heritage Society, an individual can make an immediate gift or a pledge to be fulfilled over a period of time.

1910 Society1910 Society

A recognition program designated by the national Council of the Boy Scouts of America, this program recognizes gifts of $25,000 or more. These gifts can be cash or assets that can be easily converted to cash.


A memorial gift to honor a special person.