What is Friends of Scouting, and why is it so important to contribute?

Two great questions! Friends of Scouting (FOS) is the annual giving campaign of the Ventura County Council and provides the necessary funds to ensure a quality Scouting program for youth. More specifically, by supporting FOS, you help keep:

  • The cost of Council camps affordable
  • The Council Service Centers and camp facilities in top condition
  • The promise of a quality Scouting experience to your son or daughter and others in Scouting

There are three FOS campaigns each year:The Family Campaign (by far the largest), the Executive Board Campaign, and the Business Campaign. Each is vital to the programs and services of the Council. Themoney raised through the annual FOS campaign offsets the cost of training Scouting leaders, operating the Council camps andservice centers, and providing other resources to Cub Packs, Scout Troops, Varsity Scout Teams, Venturing Crews, Explorer Posts and Sea Scout Ships throughout the Council – more than 306 units in all.

It costs the Ventura County Council approximately $175 to provide a quality Scouting experience for one registered Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, Explorer or Sea Scout per year. Parents of Scouts and other neighborhood and community members playan invaluable role in the annual FOS campaign by contributing money that reflects their respect for what the program can achieve and their ability togive.

Help keep Scouting strong by participating as a Friend of Scouting. Thank you for your generous support!

Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America

509 E. Daily Drive

Camarillo, California 93010

Phone: 805-482-8938

Serving over 6,200 youth in 306 Scouting Chartered Organizations and units…

The True Cost of Scouting… The Iceberg Analogy…

But there is a whole lot more below the waterline!

Volunteer and Staff Training

Training for more than 3,500 volunteer leaders every year. Including monthly Roundtable and basic training resources.

Insurance Coverage

To protect volunteers, chartered organizations, staff members, and properties.

Support Staff

For registration, publications, and other program support.

Camp Promotion

For Cub Scout Day Camps, Boy Scouts Camps and High Adventure Bases – Camp 3 Falls & Willett.

Friendly Camp Rangers

To keep the beautiful camps up-to-date and ready forScouts and families.

Camp Equipment

Tents, cooking equipment, camp vehicles, building repairs, canoes, equipment replacement and repair, and general upkeep of Council camps.


For leaders whocomplete training, volunteer for special projects, and helpin many Scouting roles.

Professional Staff

Work with volunteers to organize new units, manage fund-raising programs, conduct trainings, assist membership recruitment, provide counsel and direct supportforDistrict,camps, and programs.

Administrative Needs

Postage, computers and links to the National BSA Computer System, copy machines, folding machines, and printing shop.

Ventura County Council

Service Center

Utilities, insurance, repairs, and remodeling throughout the Council.

Audio-Visual Supplies

Used in training, at camps, and involunteermeetings.


Mailings to leaders, parents, and youth members.

Council Website

Go online (www.vccbsa.org) to learn more about theCouncil and its programs.

Reference Publications and Resources

Everything from Program planning kits and Program helps to campingcookbooks.

The majority of the costs of the Scouting program, includingrunningthe Councilcamps, record keeping, distribution of printed and electronic materials, training programs, support staff, and insurance are hidden beneath the surface, just like an iceberg. The 80 percent that isn’t visible is what keeps the rest afloat. Help keep Scouting afloat!