Friends of Scouting

Why should I give to Friends of Scouting?

Friends of Scouting provides roughly one-quarter of the money needed to operate the San Francisco Bay Area Council's Scouting camps, programs and facilities for a calendar year. These camping and training facilities are the "outdoor classrooms" in which Scouts have fun, learn leadership skills and develop into better young men and women.  The San Francisco Bay Area Council spends approximately $200 per Scout each year to deliver these benefits and much more. 

I already paid my child's registration and his unit collects annual dues.  Haven't I already supported Scouting?

Your child's registration fee goes directly to the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America. If your child's Scout unit collects dues, that money stays with the unit to help pay for trips and other activities.  None of that money helps the San Francisco Bay Area Council pay for:

  • Maintaining and staffing the council's 3 camping properties
  • Training thousands of adult volunteer leaders in youth protection
  • Providing programs like Tiger Cub Safari, Cub Scout Day Camp, Cub Scout Adventure Camp, Cub Scout Partner Campouts, Cub Scout Resident Camp, Webelos Adventure Camp, Boy Scout Summer Camp, Boy Scout Eagle Camp, Brownsea Youth Leadership Training, Venturing Spring and Fall Activities
  • Updating this website, to try and better inform you about upcoming Scouting events and programs.

We need your support!

For more information, please contact David Jarvis, Director of Development at 510-577-9242.  To make a gift to Scouting, mail to the San Francisco Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1001 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA 94577-1514 or donate on-line.

Workplace/Matching Gifts - Increase Your Boy Scout Support

Many corporations match gifts made by their employees to the Boy Scouts. Some companies even give financial contributions on behalf of the time you give as a volunteer. Check with your human resources department for more information.

Stock Donations

Stock transfers are an easy and convenient way to support Scouting. You can donate stock to the San Francisco Bay Area Council to support the Friends of Scouting Campaign, a gift to the Endowment Fund, to the Capital Campaign, or any other general contribution.

In order to make a stock transfer, contact David Jarvis, Director of Development at 510-577-9242 or at for specific transferring directions or donate on-line.