The Foundation awarded $1.1 million in scholarships for membership, camp, and college to over 1,500 youth in 2016. For many, this meant a chance to experience Scouting for the first time. In addition, the Foundation partnered with a leading research university to study the impact of Scouting. Clemson University led the independent study to understand the impact of the Exploring and Scouting on kids who have never had a Scouting experience. The preliminary results are in. While more outcomes will be revealed in 2017, early reports are putting numbers to the impact of Exploring, Scouting, scholarship, and outdoor experiences.
Growing the Impact of Scholarship
Everyone remembers their first summer camp experience: the thrill of being away from home, late nights, muddy clothes and stinky tents. It’s hard to quantify the impact this experience has on kids… until now.
Watch this video to see how kids from all over the US are impacted by their first Scouting experience.
With 3,259 youth members in 2016, STEM Scouts experienced a triple digit growth rate of 110% last year! As more boys and girls are responding to the unique opportunities STEM Scouts offers, you are fueling the growth through the Growing Future Leaders Campaign. STEM Scouts is igniting a passion for STEM in our youth. Girls are engaging and thriving as they make up almost half of the membership. Parents are seeing the benefits of a program geared to inspire future careers. Corporations value the impact the STEM curriculum is having on our future workforce. Just a couple years ago, STEM Scouts started as a pilot program in Knoxville, TN. Thanks to dedicated volunteers and visionary donors, STEM Scouts is a thriving program serving boys and girls in 251 labs across the nation.
STEM Scouts | Growing Future Careers
What do you want to be when you grow up? STEM Scouts is changing the answer to this age old question. Watch this video and you will understand why girls are thriving in STEM Scouts and answering this question in very unexpected ways.
Over 900,000 registered adults volunteered, camped, and mentored youth last year….that’s over 200 million hours. In addition to time, many volunteers also invest their dollars. The most loyal Scouting philanthropists started as Scouts and have remained engaged, creating a Scouting legacy in their own families. You are giving back to these loyal volunteers through the Growing Future Leaders Campaign. Improved facilities, online trainings and improved technology are enhancing the volunteer experience, positioning Scouting for continued growth.
Taking the Lead
Still wearing the uniform. Their days of earning merit badges may have passed, but Scouting’s most loyal donors remain involved in their local councils, troops and camps. Watch this video to understand why they continue to give of their time and resources.
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and Second Century Society
Since 2011, Second Century Society members have given over $170 million to support the operational, capital and endowment needs of Scouting. While every member has a different way they express their vision for Scouting’s future, they have a common goal… ensuring all youth continue to experience Scouting in its Second Century and beyond.
Last year, you responded in a powerful way to the Growing Future Leaders campaign. With over $53 million in gifts, underserved youth experienced Scouting or the first time, more STEM Scouts units launched across the country and local councils improved their facilities. 2016 marked the strongest year to date for the Foundation. As more Scouters entrust their legacies with the Foundation, there is strong momentum for Scouting to grow. The Foundation continues to partner with local councils to help donors from around the nation realize their vision for Scouting.
The Foundation for Scouting’s future. For decades, we have worked with councils and donors to nurture the philanthropic culture of Scouting. The Foundation uses your gift to support the programs and places where YOUR passions lie.
Funds Raised by the Foundation
“I highly recommend working with the BSA Foundation. They add a dimension of expertise and coordination that helps engage major donors and close gifts.”
- Mike Butler Scout Executive, Blue Ridge Council
In 2016, the Foundation provided custom major gift services for over 46 councils to grow endowment, build camps and expand membership. As demand increases for services, we are growing to meet the need. Growing Future Leaders is a campaign for local councils. The time is now to partner with the Foundation to grow our nation’s future leaders.