2015 Friends of Scouting





Harford District FOS Chairperson

Robert King 443-467-1974

Friends of Scouting is the one time each year when parents, volunteers, and Friends of the District are asked to contribute financially to support the Baltimore Area Council. 

Friends of Scouting funds go toward behind-the-scenes expenses the Baltimore Area Council incurs during the year that we are able to take advantage of. Examples of expenses include: Operating costs for the council camps, the Scout Shops and the Council Service Center; District and Council programs and activities (such as Day Camps and Camporees), Adult Leader Training,  and paid Accident and Sickness insurance coverage for all registered youth and leaders. Friends of Scouting donations also provide Campership Assistance for Scouts whose families would not otherwise be able to afford to have their child join Scouting or to send their child to camp. 

To make your 2015 Pledge please follow this link:

Give to the 2015 FOS Campaign Here 

Questions? Contact our Friends of Scouting Chair, Robert King at

Thank You for your generous support of Friends of Scouting and the Baltimore Area Council! 


2015 Popcorn Unit Fund Raising

In 2014, 260 units sold popcorn $1,591,935 in popcorn, averaging 39% commission earned.  This translated into $623,786 going back to units and Scouts all over central Maryland to fund their Scouting programs, and send Scouts to summer camp and High Adventure bases.  Nearly 500 Scouts earned free Orioles tickets and 34 Scouts earned a free week of summer camp at Broad Creek!

If your unit has not yet signed up, go to: and sign up today!
Baltimore Area Council Facebook Page…Popcorn Prizes:
Be sure to become a friend of our Baltimore area Council Facebook page.  Starting in August, we will begin posting prize and contest winners there, including the first Scout in each District to submit a filled sales sheet, weekly Kernel’s Challenge winners, etc.

2015 Commission Structure:
Easier to earn the full amount and EVERYONE can qualify!
Base – 25%
Attending any DISTRICT Training – 5%           (Michael Beck sales method training, while highly recommended, does NOT qualify for the 5% Training bonus.)
Pay on time – 5%
Forego prize program – 4%
Maximum Commission WITHOUT prize option = 39%           *Please note average unit commission in 2014 was 39%.
Maximum Commission WITH Prize option = 35%
Tips on what you should be doing now:
  1. Sign your unit up to sell if you haven’t done so already (
  2. Find another Scout parent or two from your unit to attend District training with you.
  3. Set up your unit kick-off date (soon after you have attended your District popcorn training).
  4. Schedule your unit's Show & Sell dates and locations
Save the Date! 

Harford District Popcorn Training

Wednesday, Aug 5th, 2015 
6:30 Social Hour/Gathering 
7p.m. Program Start 

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
1515 Emmorton Rd, Bel Air, MD 21014 
Attending this District Popcorn Training qualifies your unit for the 5% training bonus.
Click this Link to register for 2015 Popcorn Training - Harford

2015 Important Dates: 

Online Sales Start:                    Aug 1st 
District Popcorn Training:        Aug 5th 
1st Order due to CampMaster: Aug 27th 
1st Order Unit Pickup:             Sep 17
Return Days:                            Oct 16 & 17 
2nd Order Due:                        Oct 23 
2nd Order Unit Pickup/Final Payment Due: Nov 12th 

Please visit the Popcorn Page to see specific information. For information about Popcorn, please contact District Kernel, Shay Burrows at '

Matching Gift Program 

If you have made a pledge or plan to, consult these lists to see if your employers will double it.

Click for a list of MATCHING GIFT Companies

Dollars for Doers 

Dear Volunteers,

Many of you may not be aware of a great program that can help support the Scouting Movement here in Baltimore and specifically the Harford District.

The Program is called “The Dollars for Doers Program”.

The program is a way for your company to thank you for the volunteer service you provide to the local community by making a charitable contribution to a non-profit of your choosing based on your hours served.

The program does not ask you, the volunteer, for any additional funds to support scouting, as many of you already graciously give of your own money to help scouting progress into its next 100 years. It simply asks you to log the hours you already spend Scouting so your company can reward you and The Boy Scouts of America for your service.

We all know that the old adage of 1 hour a week for a Scouting volunteer is just ridiculous! Volunteers in Scouts serve countless hours to make sure that the young men we serve have the best program available. Below are some Scouting hour averages, just some food for thought:

Weekly meetings: 1.5—2 hours

Weekend camping trip (Friday-Sunday): 20 hours

Cub Scout Day Camp (Monday-Friday): 45 hours

Summer Camp Week (Sunday-Saturday): 84 hours

Certain companies, such as Verizon, will give a charitable gift of $750.00 for simply volunteering 50 hours a year with The Boy Scouts of America. This is money that can be used for things like maintaining camp, supporting scholarship programs the Baltimore Area Council has for scouts with financial hardships to register or to attend camp, and membership materials used to recruit new youth into this great program. In 2011 those membership resources recruited a 10% increase in Cub Scout youth into Scouting Units in Harford District.

Contained within this booklet is a list of all of the companies that we are aware of that support a “Dollars for Doers Program”. Please take some time to review the list to see if your company can reward you and The Boy Scouts of America for the countless hours you spend making sure our kids have what they need to succeed.

If your company does support the program, please email Brandon Gething ( to let him know as well as find out more information about how this helps support Scouts. Thank you for your dedication to the Scouting Program!!!

Click for a list of “DOLLARS FOR DOERS” Companies.

Simply contact your HR department to get the necessary paperwork. 


James E. West Award - Endowment 

Endowment is becoming an ever-growing program in the District and Council. By giving at least $1000.00 dollars to the endowment fund, you will help perpetuate scouting financially forever. You can do this through your will, your estate, cash, or stocks/bonds. Your money is invested in a high yield account and only the interest it generates is used. Therefore, your gift is giving to scouting forever.

A James E. West award is a wonderful way to honor the Eagle Scout in your family.

If you are interested in learning more about the Endowment program, please contact Brandon Gething or by telephone 443.573.2526