Friends of Scouting

Why the Friends of Scouting Campaign is Necessary

The Friends of Scouting Campaign keeps Scouting an affordable, effective youth development program. It funds the council’s infrastructure, or general operating portion of the budget, and provides a support system for the more than 1,000 volunteers and 80 community organizations that partner with the Rio Grande Council.

The current cost to deliver the Scouting program in the Rio Grande Council is $367 per Scout per year. This ensures that the Scouting program will remain strong for your family. The Friends of Scouting program is an opportunity to provide financial support to the Rio Grande Council. 

How Your Financial Support is Used

Over 1,500 youth are involved in the Scouting programs in the 5 counties that the Rio Grande Council serves — are involved in Scouting programs. The goal is to maintain and refine current programs while continuing to expand Scouting’s reach to even more families.

Outreach efforts have resulted in an ever-growing number of at-risk youth involved in the Scouting program. The program has positively impacted youth in the Rio Grande Valley, youth with special needs and youth from families with limited financial resources.

The Rio Grande Council recognizes that trained leaders are the best resources for delivering quality program to youth participants. A critical part of the new strategic plan is to increase the number of trained leaders and to add a program staff position to focus on supporting the training component of district operations.

The Rio Grande Council provides $1 accident and liability insurance to all Scouts and leaders to protect them from liability and accidents incurred while on Scouting activities. While the cost for this insurance is substantial, the leadership of the Rio Grande Council believes that it is critical that volunteers, leaders and Scouts are able to enjoy the Scouting program while being covered by insurance.  Over 1,500 youth are involved in the Scouting programs in the 5 counties that the Rio Grande Council serves.

Arrowhead FOS Event

McAllen, Delmita, Edinburg, Garciasville and Mission.

Arroyo FOS Event

Harlingen, San Benito, Raymondville, La Feria, Lyford, Rio Hondo and Sebastian.

Rio Bravo FOS Event

Alamo, Donna, Mercedes, Weslaco, Pharr, Progresso, La Villa, Monte Alto, Hargill, Linn, San Juan, Rio Grande City, Roma, Sullivan City, Edcouch and Elsa.

Tip-O-Tex FOS Event

Brownsville, Los Fresnos, Olmito, Rancho Viejo, Port Isabel, and South Padre Island.