Taughannock District
Baden-Powell Council, BSA
Finance and Fundraising


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Popcorn! Nuts!

Baden-Powell Council Scouts sell popcorn and also, from time to time, have a nut sale. 
Watch for our annual Fall and Spring Popcorn Sales! 

You can purchase popcorn on-line and have it delivered by mail. 

2021 Spring Nut Sale

Sometimes you feel like a nut... and now you can buy them from Scouts!

The “Go Nuts for Camp” Sale is an opportunity for your unit to participate in a council sponsored fundraiser to help meet your unit funding needs in the Spring, including Summer Camp! The sale is no risk to units and entirely done through take order forms. A link to place your units final order will be distributed to units following the Virtual Kick-off.

  • Commitment Forms Due (Paper or Online) February 28th

  • Virtual Kick-off via Zoom March 1st at 7pm

  • Order forms Delivered March Roundtables

  • Orders and payment due May 25th

  • Order Pick-up June 4th

  • 10% Late Fee charged to Units with Outstanding Balances June 7th

Download a commitment form (with link to the Zoom meeting) here - PDF

To inquire about the sale, or purchase popcorn or nuts, contact our District Executive at

Please Give to Scouting - Your Support Has Never Been So Important!

Your financial contribution is needed and would be a great encouragement to the local volunteer Scouting leaders who give freely of their time and energy to lead our local youth. The partnership between members of the community, who support the Scouting movement financially, and the many volunteer leaders, who work directly with the youth of our community, is a winning combination for both the youth and the community.

 The cost of providing a Scouting program exceeds $450 per year per youth member. This is provided by donations from companies, charities and people like you through the Friends of Scouting and special events like the Distinguished Citizen Award Dinners in each county. Other sources of income include the Council's share of popcorn and nut sales, fees for using Council-owned properties, Camp fees and other program fees which are charged to the units or individual members. 

Please help us help the Cubs, Scouts. Sea Scouts, Explorers and Venturers of the Taughannock District. Your donation will be greatly appreciated.

Our Friends of Scouting campaign has two halves - Family FoS, which is made up of contributions by families of our current youth members and unit-level volunteers, and Community FoS, which is the appeal for contributions by individuals and businesses in the community at large. Please make a contribution through Friends of Scouting and help us climb the mountain toward our fundrasing goal!

The easiest and quickest way to give is online through the Baden-Powell Council's Friends of Scouting Online Donations Page

Or,you can give through PayPal 

If you'd prefer to donate on paper, checks should be payable to Baden-Powell Council, BSA. Send your donation to:

Baden-Powell Council, BSA
2150 NYS Route 12
Binghamton NY 13901

If you're mailing a check, please make sure to include "Taughannock District" (if you're from our district - or even if you're not, we'll happily take the credit...) and, if you are affiliated with a unit, the unit type and number ("Troop 80 Cortland", for example) on the check, so that it can be properly attributed. 

Has your unit scheduled a Family FoS presentation yet? 

Taughannock District Scouting Units should contact District Finance Chair Joe McDermott or District Executive Ed Brewer to arrange an in-person Friends of Scouting presentation by sending an e-mail to FoS@TCScouts.org 

It's not about the gifts... but it's always nice to get one...

If you're making a donation to the Council's Friends of Scouting campaign, we have some "thank you" gifts if you'd like, depending on the level of your donation. 

Become a James E. West Fellow

James Edward West was a lawyer and an advocate of children's rights, who became the first professional Executive Secretary, soon renamed Chief Scout Executive, of the Boy Scouts of America, serving from 1911 to 1943. Upon his retirement from the BSA, West was given the title of Chief Scout.

A gift of $1,000 or more, specifically designated to the Baden-Powell Council Endowment Fund, will qualify a donor for membership as a James E. West Fellow. The gift must be in addition to— and not replace or diminish—the donor’s annual Friends of Scouting support. A minimum gift of $1000 in cash or marketable securities qualifies for the Bronze level membership. Donors may make cumulative gifts to reach Silver, Gold, and Diamond member levels. For example, 5 years of giving at the Bronze level would qualify for Silver level membership. 

Many individuals and corporations make these gifts either on behalf of someone else—such as in honor of an Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver recipient, a retirement, a special accomplishment, or anniversary—or in memory of a special individual. 

For more information, see the Baden-Powell Council website https://www.bpcouncil.org/ways-to-support/memorials-and-tributes/ or the BSA National Website at https://www.bsafoundation.org/donor-information/donor-recognition/westfellowship/  

Make a Donation with International Impact

World Friendship Fund

Through the World Friendship Fund, voluntary contributions of Scouts and leaders are transformed into cooperative projects that help Scouting associations in other countries to strengthen and extend their Scouting programs. The World Friendship Fund gives members of the Boy Scouts of America an good turn opportunity to help fellow Scouts who are in need of their support. It teaches Scouts that Scouting is global. Since the inception of the World Friendship Fund, American Scouts and leaders have voluntarily donated more than $11 million to the fund.

The World Friendship Fund was developed during the closing days of World War II. At that time, there was a great need to rebuild Scouting in those nations that had been wrecked by war and were just emerging from the shadows of totalitarianism.

Over the years, this fund has provided Scouts from around the world the opportunity to expand the Scouting Movement. Collected contributions are used to assist developing National Scout Organizations (NSO). Any NSO that is recognized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WSOM) can submit a grant request for projects to enhance their growing organization. Every February, May, and October the USFIS committee reviews these grant requests.

Hosting a World Friendship Fund Collection can be organized during camporees, roundtable meetings, den and pack meetings, summer camping programs, blue and gold banquets, or any other Scout activity.

You can download a brochure and donation form from the BSA Website (PDF)

World Scout Foundation - World Baden-Powell Fellowship

The World Baden-Powell Fellowship, established on 25th April 1982 in Kolmaarden, Sweden, recognizes individuals for their contributions to the World Scout Foundation to help support World Scouting. Fellowship receptions are periodically held in different parts of the world to both inform members about Scouting and to welcome new members who are personally awarded a special insignia by His Majesty The King of Sweden.

The Fellowship provides a lifetime association with the Scout Movement and with business, government and Scouting leaders who share the same ideals. Joining and participating, especially when you have been a Scout – although this is not a requirement – offers the greatest reward in being involved in the development of young people around the world. And, in addition members meet other successful people who are just like you!

The BP Fellowship recognizes different levels of donation beginning at $10,000 for adults and $1,000 for Young B-P Fellows.

There are now over 2,500 Fellows spread throughout 70 countries and territories around the world. More substantial donations entitle members to join the Honours Programme and those who make a financial commitment to Scouting in their Last Will and Testament are recognized in The Founder’s Heritage.

For information on the World Scout Foundation and World Baden-Powell Fellowship, see the BSA National website at https://www.scouting.org/international/resources/22-331/  
World Scout Foundation has a website at https://worldscoutfoundation.org/bp-fellowship 
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