of the Ageless
Friends of Scouting
New Holland Tractor
Thanks to a generous donation from the Minto Family, a grant from the Stroeker Foundation, and another grant from the Rasmuson Foundation, the Midnight Sun Council will be the proud owners of a New Holland tractor, a first in the 58 year history of our Council. The tractor will be used to plow, mow, move heavy items, and more. The "Minto Mobile" is on order and we hope to have it soon.
Did you know that the Midnight Sun Council of the Boy Scouts of America has a unique AmazonSmile link that makes it easier for you to find and support our organization?
When you click on our unique link:
you are taken to smile.amazon.com and will be automatically asked if you want to support Midnight Sun Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support Midnight Sun Council of the Boy Scouts of America in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here for instructions.
AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. AmazonSmiles charities will be notified when it becomes available.
What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Midnight Sun Council every time you shop, at no cost to you.
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price.
How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.
Since Scouting began in 1910, its variety of programs have helped children succeed and has provided a lifetime of memories to each child. The mission of the Midnight Sun Council Endowment Fund is to solicit and receive contributions and dispense funds to assist and support ongoing programs, development needs and operational expenses of the Midnight Sun Council, BSA. The long-range goals for the Endowment is to provide not only a reliable source of the distributable income, but to have the assets positioned and managed to provide for anticipated yearly increases in the needs of the Council.
Midnight Sun Council Heritage Society:
The Heritage Society is the collective group of individuals who have contributed to the Midnight Sun Council's Endowment Fund. The Fund provides a reliable source of funding to support Scouting programs now and into the future. Membership in the Heritage Society starts with a donation of $250 to the endowment fund. Additional giving levels within the society:
* Heritage Society Member: $250 minimum
* Sourdough Member - A deferred gift commitment to the Midnight Sun Council Endowment
James E West Fellowship: $1,000 or more in cash or market securities to the Midnight Sun Council Endowment Fund. Additional giving levels with this fellowship:
* Grand Teton Member - $2,500 minimum
* Pikes Peak Member - $5,000 minimum
* Mt. Whitney Member - $10,000 minimum
* Mt. McKinley Member - $15,000 minimum
1910 Society: $25,000 or more, outright or in a pledge payable within 5 years to the Midnight Sun Council Endowment. Additional giving levels within this fellowship:
* Ernest Thompson Seton Member - $25,000 minimum
* Daniel Carter Beard Member - $100,000 minimum
* Theodore Roosevelt Member - $500,000 minimum
* Waite Phillips Member - $1,000,000 minimum
The Founders Circle: $100,000 or more in the form of a deferred gift commitment to the Midnight Sun Council Endowment. Additional giving levels with this fellowship:
* Bronze Member - $100,000 minimum
* Silver Member - $250,000 minimum
* Gold Member - $500,000 minimum
* Platinum Member - $1,000,000 minimum
“My Friends, No great endeavor is accomplished alone.”
The time is fast approaching us now for our annual Friends of Scouting presentations to each unit. We conduct this unit level campaign through presentations made preferably at a Cub Scout Blue and Gold banquet, Boy Scout Court of Honor, and Venture parent’s night. Presentations are typically 5 to 7 minutes with time to collect pledge cards.
“Friends of Scouting” is a campaign to provide financial support to your local council. In our case, that is Midnight Sun Council. This support is in the form of a pledge or donation from a company, organization or individual to ensure the financial viability of a council. Each council, including Midnight Sun Council, must raise all of its own funds to support its operating budget. Councils receive excellent program support from our National office but no financial support is provided. Scouting continues to grow and thrive within our council for many reasons, not the least of which is funding. The Midnight Sun Council serves not only the Fairbanks North Star Borough but approximately 279,000 square miles (49%) of the State of Alaska. Each year the Friends of Scouting campaign is conducted annually among the parents of Scouts and volunteer leaders. Families are the ones who see firsthand the benefit of Scouting for their child. District and unit volunteers conduct the campaign in order to give all Scout families the opportunity to support the Scouting program. During the months of January through April, each Pack, Troop, Crew and Post should schedule a “Family” Friends of Scouting presentation. This presentation explains to parents how our Council is financed and educates them about our facilities, camps, resources and funding needs.
Here is what you need to know.
Scout families must turn in their 2019 scholarship forms by March 31, 2020.
Scouts enrolled in the scholarship by March 31, 2020, can continue to submit scholarship forms and their account will be credited 4% of their sales for the popcorn fundraiser in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Sales after December 31, 2022, will not be eligible for credits to a Scout's scholarship account.
There will be no new Scout enrollments into the scholarship program after March 31, 2020.
Trails End will continue to pay out existing scholarship funds to eligible recipients under the current scholarship program.
Scholarship changes were decided by Trails End, not your local council.
Trails End will be notifying Scouts who sold $2,500+ in 2019, as well as active Scouts enrolled in the scholarship program.
Trevor G of Troop 38
Nelson E of Troop 1
Rahziel B. of Troop 92
Payden G. of Troop 92
Ethan S. of Pack 42
Liam H. of Pack 92
Wyatt M. of Pack 6
Sean B. N. of Pack 42/Pack 6
Deacon L. of Pack 1551will be transferring to a Troop this spring
so he earned discounted Resident Camp at Lost Lake.
Check with your Unit for your Scout's order deadline.
Unit orders are due to the Council on Friday, October 11.
We will have our first drawing this Friday, September 20th.
One lucky Scout with a sale associated with the new Trails End App (Online or Wagon) will win a tablet. Currently, we have 192 Scouts with a TE Account.
Our top 3 Scouts in Scouts BSA will attend summer resident camp for FREE in 2020!
Our top 6 Cub Scouts will attend day camp for FREE in 2020.
Special thanks to Pack 6, Pack 25, Pack 42, Troop 38 and Troop 78!
These 5 Units have taken the initiative to register for the upcoming Popcorn Sale. If your Unit has not registered, please take the time to follow the link below.
There is currently training for Unit leaders and families. The sale kicks off on August 29th.