Family Friends of Scouting
- Did you know that the Federal Goverment rated Monmouth Council's Administrative Costs at only 17.6% ?
- We have a annual budget of $2.6 Million with over $1.94 Million spent on Program
- When you register or recharter, the annual registration ($33/youth), Scout Life Magazine ($12/person), and BSA Insurance Fees all go to the National office.
- Monmouth Council does not retain any of these Fees.
- Only 23% of Families in Monmouth Council Donate to Friends of Scouting
Friends of Scouting has been on a decline for Several Years
Families are giving in different ways
“Millennial” families in particular prefer to give up front and not be asked later
Crowdfunding tends to drive the new way of “grassroots” campaigning
The average cost of an Afterschool Activity i.e. Football, Basketball, Baseball, Dance and Cheerleading are:
- $300 for 6 Weeks of Activity (not including equipment, travel and activities)
Where as Scouting will cost you: $33 a year for membership, $12 a year for Scout Life (optional), $12 a year for Insurance
- Total of : $45 a year without Scout Life or $57 a year with Scouting Life for 1 Year of Activity
The bottom line here is that Scouting costs you significantly less than all other After School Activities – even if you only do 1 After School Activity a Year!
60 Other Councils around the country have implemented a similar styled-fee as they have seen the same deficit in fundraising contributions. Here are some examples of other Service Fees currently in place:
Westchester-Putnam Council - $54
Jersey Shore Council – $36
Patriots Path Council - $13
Suffolk County Council - $39
San Francisco Bay Council - $108
Why did we implement a Council Service Fee?
The Council Service Fee is in response to our recent research and conversations with Scouting Families like yours relative to the ever-increasing cost of running our Council, camps and programs and the concept of everyone paying their “fair share” of the those costs at the local council level of the Scouting organization.
From Scouting’s inception, local councils such as ours have raised their own funds and sustained themselves by orchestrating annual Friends of Scouting campaigns with assistance from local units chartered in their area. However, the manner by which people support Not-for-Profit programs has changed — dramatically. Simply put, we can no longer rely on the legacy FOS Campaign to meet our financial obligations. Realization and acknowledgment of the need for an identifiable and quantifiable source of income caused the Monmouth Council Executive Board to gather information, speak to key unit and district leadership, and conclude that the service fee should be implemented.
If you have additional questions, please contact any of the Professional Staff or Council Volunteers below.
|District Director, Thunderbird & Twin Lights||Robert Buob||(732) 851-8234|
|Middlesex District Chair||Paul Endler|
|Council Vice President, District Operations||Rob Kee III|
|Twin Lights District Chair||Shan Low|
|Chief Executive Officer / Scout Executive||Michael P. Mahon||(732) 851-8219|
|Thunderbird District Chair||Frank McCann|
|Middlesex District Executive (Interim)||Will Montanaro||(732) 851-8235|
|Chief Operating Officer / Assistant Scout Executive||William P. Montanaro||(732) 851-8228|
|Council Commissioner||Jeffrey Rumen|
|Senior District Executive, Battleground District||Donald Zumbach||(732) 851-8236|