Assisted by their parents or guardians, boys in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Varsity Scouting and young men and women in Venturing pay their share from personal savings and participation in approved unit money-earning projects. Members buy their own uniforms, handbooks, and personal equipment and pay their own camp fees. In some cases the Palmetto Council provides assitance to those who are in financial need to supplement these expenses.
Packs, Troops, Crews, and Posts
Weekly or monthly dues and funds from approved money-earning projects such as Popcorn Sales meet expenses for supplies and activities in the Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Varsity Scout team, and Venturing crew. These monies help pay for camping equipment, registration fees, Boys’ Life magazine, uniform insignia, special activities, and program materials.
Each chartered organization using the Scouting program provides a meeting place and adult volunteer leadership for its BSA unit(s). The chartered organization and local council must approve unit money-earning projects before the launch of the project.
Financial resources for the Palmetto Council (the local nonprofit corporation chartered by the National Council) comes from an annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign, foundation grants, special events, project sales, investment income, trust funds, bequests, and gifts of real and personal property. We are also supported by several of our United Ways, including the United Way of Chester County, the United Way of the Piedmont, and the United Way of York County.
These funds provide for staff supervision, organization of new Scouting units, service for existing units, training of volunteer leaders, and maintenance of our council properties. They also finance the operation of the local council service center, where volunteer leaders can obtain literature, insignia, advancement badges, regsiter for events and activities. In addition, the service center maintains advancement and membership records.
Funds to support the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America come from registration fees, local council service fees, investment income, Scouting and Boys’ Life magazines, sale of uniforms and equipment, contributions from individuals, and foundation grants. These monies help to deliver the program of the BSA (through four regional service centers and more than 300 local councils) to chartered organizations that use the Scouting program to meet the needs of their youth.