Are you a Friend of Scouting? Show your Support!

It’s that time of the year when you’ll start hearing the phrase “Friends of Scouting” at unit meetings and district roundtables.

What is Friends of Scouting? What does it mean to be a Friend of Scouting? And why should you consider becoming one?

Friends of Scouting is Rainbow Council’s annual giving campaign.

In most councils, the Friends of Scouting campaign begins in November and ends in March. During the campaign, a volunteer will visit your pack meeting or troop court of honor to explain the campaign and make an appeal for your support. You’ll be asked to make a tax-deductible pledge to your local council.

The natural next question is: Why should I give money to my local council? Many councils answer this with what’s called “The Iceberg Analogy.”

The Iceberg Analogy

The thinking here is that Scouts and volunteers see only 20 percent of what councils provide to members. There’s a whole lot more beneath the surface.

I know this well. When I first became a Boy Scout, I had no idea that there were council professionals working behind the scenes to make the Scouting magic happen. I just assumed those silver-looped Scouters were other volunteers.


What is Friends of Scouting
Troop has a Unique Approach
BSA National Foundation


If you would like to mail in your pledge or donation, you can send Friends of Scouting donations to
Rainbow Council
CO/ FOS Donation
921 S State Street,
Lockport, IL 60441

Get our 2021 Friends of Scouting Brochure HERE

There are many ways to get involved with Friends of Scouting. We have physical copies of the FOS Brochure at out Scout Service center, you can download the PDF of our brochure below or donate directly with our portal with the donate now button!

RainbowCouncil_FOS_2021 Brochure