Financing the Juniata Valley Council
Katherine Bobeck, Vice President -- Finance
Contributions to your Juniata Valley Council are invested by the Executive Board to provide essential services and programs for units, training for leaders and youth, maintain Seven Mountains Scout Camp.
... many other direct services for leaders and units:
- Training of youth and adult Leaders,
- Organizing activities and events,
- Organizing new Scouting units and recruiting leaders and youth,
- Conducting high adventure programs for older Scouts,
- Providing career exploration opportunities to high school youth,
- Maintaining and expanding the facilities at Seven Mountains Scout Camp
- Full-time Ranger service at Seven Mountains Scout Camp
- Volunteer cultivation and recruitment,
- Youth Protection Training,
- Scout Reach Programs
- Summer Camp Programming,
- Direct Assistance to individuals,
- Assistance for needy Scouts,
- Records keeping for units,
- Informer Newsletter ? printable version
- Insurance coverage for youth, leaders, and chartered sponsors
- Eagle Scout Award paperwork and processing,
- Professional staff for guidance and service.
Who Pays for Scouting?
The Scouting program in your Juniata Valley Council is funded in several ways - all of which work together, and depend upon one another, to provide a successful Scouting experience for youth.
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 money-earning projects.
Members buy their own uniforms, handbooks, and personal equipment and pay their own camp fees.
Your Juniata Valley Council, BSA
Financial resources for our Juniata Valley Council, BSA (the local nonprofit corporation chartered by the National Council) come from several sources. These include an annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign, United Way of Centre, Huntingdon, and Mifflin-Juniata Counties, foundation grants, special events, project sales, investment income, trust funds, bequests, and gifts of real and personal property.
These funds provide for professional staff supervision, organization of new Scouting units, service for existing units, training of volunteer leaders, and maintenance of council camp. They also finance the operation of the local council service center, where volunteer leaders can obtain literature, insignia, advancement badges, and other items vital to the program. In addition, the service center maintains advancement and membership records.
Packs, Troops, Teams, Crews and Posts
Weekly or monthly dues and funds from approved money-earning projects meet expenses for supplies and activities in the Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Varsity Scout team, and Venturer 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.
Funds to support the National Council 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.
The National Office
- Provides local councils with program development and evaluation as well as camp and office planning, extensive financial counseling, planned giving and fund-raising information, and professional personnel support
- Coordinates a communications network through magazines and literature (handbooks, merit badge pamphlets, brochures, training materials, and professional development training)
- Creates a climate of positive understanding and support
- Makes available uniforms, equipment, and program supplies
- Administers national high-adventure bases and national events (jamborees, National Eagle Scout Association and Order of the Arrow conferences, and National Council meetings)
- Maintains communication with chartered organizations that use the Scouting program (religious institutions, PTA, civic organizations, labor unions, professional organizations, business, and industry
- Maintains liaison with Scouting associations in other countries as a member of the World Scout Conference