Friends of Scouting
The Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America works to provide Scouting to youth throughout Summit, Portage, Medina, and northern Wayne Counties. Last year, the Council served more than 11,000 youth participants and 5,000 volunteer adult leaders in over 400 chartered Scouting units of Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Posts, and Venturing Teams. We are also proud to offer “Special Needs” and Inner-City Scouting programs.
It takes money to operate a quality Scouting program. In 2013, the Council will invest over $2,500,000 to instill Scouting’s “timeless values” in our youth and to help build Greater Akron’s future leaders. This investment allows the Council to maintain Camp Manatoc and Camp Butler and to provide “life changing” Scouting programs, training for adult Leaders and Scouts, background checks on all adult leaders, supplemental accident insurance for all Scouts and leaders, and the Scout Service Center & Professional Staff. Camp Manatoc, covering over 800 acres and boasting 48 rustic buildings (including a nationally recognized and recently restored dining hall), is a jewel of the Boy Scouts of America. As a result of our “Friends of Scouting Campaign,” Camp Manatoc continues to provide a truly one-of-a-kind outdoor experience for our Scouts. In 2012, funds from our “FOS Campaign” allowed us to begin construction on our new Aquatics center (opening June 2013), purchase a new camp truck, purchase equipment for our new snorkeling and kayak programs, and upgrade over 80 "priority improvements" at Camp Manatoc.
- We continue to be supported by our local United Way, although these funds represent only $163,000 (7%) of our budget. Each year, the Friends of Scouting campaign fills a vital role in our operations, providing funding of over $525,000 essential to maintaining our Camps, ensuring a balanced budget (for over 20 years running), and sustaining and growing scouting in Akron’s inner-city through our home grown Pathfinder program. Pathfinder targets “at-risk” young people with Scouting’s valued-based programs. Our vision was, and still is today, to give every young man the opportunity to participate in Scouting…regardless of socioeconomic status – a vision dependent on the FOS Campaign.
The Friends of Scouting Campaign is an annual fundraising effort in which members of the business community, parents of Scouts, adult volunteers, Scouting alumni, and other friends of Scouting are asked to renew their partnership to support the operation of the Council. Giving to the campaign ranges from $25.00 to over $10,000. All gifts go to directly to serve our local youth.
Scouting success in the Great Trail Council
- More than 13,000 Scouting families are registered in the Great Trail Council through 350 Packs, Troops, Crews, and Posts
- More than 5,000 adult volunteer leaders provide role models for our youth members.
- Annually over 3,500 Scouts attend Summer Camp or Day Camp at Camp Manatoc or Camp Butler. Learning new skills, participating in team-building exercises and challenging themselves with programs ranging from archery to swimming to shooting.
- Between 150-200 Scouts earn the Eagle Scout Award every year.
- Our Scouts and Leaders provide over 1 Million hours of service in our communities.
- Over 300 young men participate in our Pathfinder (Inner-City) Scouting Initiative Program, serving at-risk youth.
Funds from the FOS Campaign also help us to...
- Maintain the Manatoc Scout Reservation (Camp Manatoc & Camp Butler) which includes over 50 buildings, two lakes, two swimming pools, and over $500,000 of program and capital equipment.
- Purchase new tents, program supplies and maintenance supplies.
- Pay for the cost of operating and maintaining our Akron service center. This building houses our store and offices where training is provided to our staff and volunteers.
- Provide supplemental accidental and liability insurance for all registered Scouts and Scouters.
- Do background checks on all new adult leaders joining the program.
Thank your for supporting our annual "Friends of Scouting" Campaign.