Each year many of the Midnight Sun Council supporters contribute their Friends of Scouting donations through the Pick Click Give option.
This is just another option which allows Alaskan residents to pledge and pay a portion of their Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) in support of the youth, volunteers, and Scouting. Below is a link that takes you right to the Councils summary on the PFD webpage. This is a great way to pledge now and pay later.
This years Tired Iron event went extremely well.
The new location at the Fairbanks Lions Snowmobile Fun Club house served perfectly. Thank you to Alaska Vintage Sled Club, Tired Iron, and the Lions for putting on the event. Big thanks to Wilderness Search and Rescue and our Camp Ranger for the medical coverage of the races, and special thanks go to the Scouters that came out to set up! Without the volunteers and organizations coming together it surely would not have gone so smoothly. Looking forward to doing this again next year!
Introducing the 2021 Fund the Adventure patch which showcases the Scouting program through the pandemic we started to face during 2020. The challenges were difficult to overcome but with the tenacity and determination of our volunteers and youth we continued to bring quality program and continued support our youth!
The new FOS Coin goes right along with our theme of STEM this year!
A $250 donation will get this limited-edition coin which is also the 2nd coin in our Scout law series with a blow-up picture of our Scouts in action right from our very own Fund the Adventure Patch. It depicts that Scouting continues even during a pandemic.
Do not wait to send in this year's donation to secure your coin and fill your plaque (Plaques are also available if you have filled your previous plaque or if this is your first year donating)
or call the Council office at (907) 452-1976.
You can also just send a filled out FOS Pledge card (see link below) to the Council office.
“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.
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: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/92-0027314 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.
NOW you are able to donate items DIRECTLY to our Council by shopping our Charity List in the Amazon Shopping app on your mobile phones or continue to shop our Charity list at smile.amazon.com on desktop or mobile web browsers.
Charity Lists offers an additional and simple way to donate items (instead of money) directly to the Midnight Sun Council, at the convenience of your fingertips.
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?
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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