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Advertisement Local Boy Scout Council holds Friends of Scouting Campaign
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · April 13th, 2017

The Hawkeye Area Council is now giving families, businesses and organizations an opportunity to contribute to its annual fundraising event called Friends of Scouting. The council serves seven counties. The city of Marion and outlying communities like Coggon, Central City and Springville, are just a few of the small communities which have Scout units and activities.

Representatives from the Council have been making presentations to Scout units, including Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Explorer posts, and all others. Marion and its Scout groups are part of the Three Rivers District.

In addition to the family and individual portion of the campaign, HAC is now into the community portion of its fundraising. Many businesses give hefty donations to the Scouting program, and community organizations do so as well.

Scouting is an amazing program, with many benefits for youth. Last year alone, the program served more than 5,650 members.

More than 3,200 Scouts participated in a summer program of some kind at Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation near Central City. There they used the swimming pool, the archery and shooting areas, the waterfront area which supports kayaking, fishing and paddleboard action, the climbing tower, the various trails and other learning centers.

The Friends of Scouting campaign provides just under a quarter of the funds needed to run the Hawkeye Area Council. That includes the council office in southwest Cedar Rapids, maintenance of camp, and programs for youth and leaders. Any money donated to the Council stays in the local area.

The largest portion of the funding from the FOS movement comes from parents, community organizations, alumni and the general public.

It takes an average of $195 to provide services to a youth in Scouting for a year, so gifts to Friends of Scouting in any amount are appreciated.

More than 2100 leaders work with youth throughout the seven-county area of which Linn is part. One hundred fifty-four community organizations and public groups contribute, and many employers match funds its employees give, so if you donate and are employed, please check to see if your employer contributes with matching funds.

Sources of funding for Scouting include the following:

Product sales (popcorn, etc.) - 35 percent

Camping and activity fees - 26 percent

Friends of Scouting - 24 percent

United Way - 9 percent

The Scouting Foundation - 2 percent

Investments - 2 percent

Miscellaneous - 2 percent

Where is that money used?

87 percent goes to programs for youth. This includes training, materials, etc.

9 percent goes to purchase the products that are sold (popcorn, etc.).

And only 4 percent goes toward management.

Some examples of how Scouting benefited the communities in the seven counties during 2016:

Scouting for Food collected more than 75,000 pounds of food and distributed it to needy families.

Ninety-seven Boy Scouts achieved the rank of Eagle, the highest possible rank in the program. To do so, each boy had to lead a project which benefited the community in some way. These projects represent more than 13,000 hours of community service and are worth just under $300,000 in total dollars.

All Scout groups try to do a "Good Turn" for the organizations that sponsor them.

At every training event, Scouts and/or leaders take a portion of the day and do a good turn at camp or wherever the event occurs.

If you would like to contribute to the success of the Friends of Scouting campaign, a flyer is available online if you go to Hawkeye Area Council and then click on "Friends of Scouting." It tells how to contribute money or stocks or other assets. No amount is too small.

Even without the flyer, a donation can be sent to Hawkeye Area Council at 660 32nd Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404. Questions about the Friends of Scouting Campaign can be directed to the Hawkeye Area Council at 319-862-0541.
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