Friends of Scouting 

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) 


 For more information contact CJ Stewart via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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.


Click here for a FOS Pledge Card 


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

Endowment Emphasis
James E. West Fellowship Award Enrollment

James E. West Fellowship Recognition
Donor Recognitions
Major Gifts Recognition
Winthrop Rockefeller Award

The 38th Distinguished Citizens Banquet Honoring Jerry Evans and Glenner Anderson was held on December 8th at the Westmark Gold Room.

The Fundraiser was a great success benefiting the community’s Scouting youth and the Midnight Sun Councils mission.

We would like to thank Craig Compeau, Mike Tinker, Johnny Hajdukovich, Karen Gordon, Cathie Harms Tordoff and Stacy Brandon for all their hard work putting on the event and making it successful.

We'd like to thank all the donors who sponsored and/or attended the dinner, those that helped behind the scenes, and those who gifted auction items.  All of you made a great impact on our Council.

We would also like to take the time to Thank our Honorees Glenner Anderson & Jerry Evans not just for their contributions to our community but also to Scouting in Interior Alaska!


Pictures of the banquet coming soon!




FYI, the RV went for $10,000 to a gentleman from Salcha. 

Distinguished Citizens Banquet invitation 

Distinguished Citizens Banquet Response card - RSVP 




A big Thank you to our Sponsors!! 

 Linda Anderson & Steve Frank

Bell Development,Inc.

Alaska Airlines

 Bennett Engineering

Mount McKinley Bank

Catholic Schools of Fairbanks

CSG Inc., Attorneys at Law

Foundation Health Partners

Tote Maritime

DOYON Utilities LLC

Everts Air Cargo

Westmark Fairbanks


 Sponsorship Letter



 Past Recipients:

Earl A. Cook, 1983 Harry "Red" Porter, 2000 Bert & Becky Bell, 2015
V. Paul Gavora, 1984 William G. Stroecker, 2001 C.B. Bettisworth, 2016
Leo Schlotfedlt, 1985 Betty L. Everts, 2002 Karen Perdue, 2016
Grace Berg Schaible, 1986 Skip Cook, 2003 Mike & Peggy Ferguson, 2017
Earl Hoover Beistline, 1987 Mary E. Binkley, 2004 Jo and Steve Heckman, 2018
Joseph Emil Usibelli, 1988 Glen Hackney, 2005 Bernie Karl & Connie Parks-Karl, 2019
Jeffrey J. Cook, 1989 Richard & Anna Frank, 2006  
Jo Ryman Scott, 1990 Dennis & Mary Wise, 2007  
Arthur Stephen Buswell, 1991 Chuck & Carolyne Wallace, 2008  
William Ransom Wood, 1992  Jim Lund, 2009  
Richard A. Wien, 1993  Michael K. Powers, 2010  
Frank X. Chapados, 1994  Dermot Cole, 2011  
Francis W. McGuigan, S.J., 1995  Terrance Cole, 2011  
 Mary Jane Fate, 1996  Nancy Hanson, 2012  
V. Paul Gavora, 1997  Robert B. Groseclose, 2013  
Michael T. Cook, 1998  Barbara L. Schuhmann, 2013  
Paul & Jane Massey, 1999  Mike & Peggy Pollen, 2014  





Popcorn1Has your Unit thought about fundraising yet?

Have you Identified a Unit Popcorn Kernel? 

It is time to register for the fall popcorn sale!

Use the link below to register your unit to stay up to date on current promotions and the best opportunities to fundraise!



Bush District Kernel Training and Kickoff is scheduled for August 18th, 2021
during the district round table (Mt. McKinley bank) at 6pm

Tanana Valley district Kernel Training and kickoff will be August 26th, 2021
(Council Service center basement) at 6pm (click here for flyer)


Unit Registration Link


New Kernel Training Register online

2021-08-19 Thursday 03:30 PM
2021-08-19 Thursday 09:30 PM
2021-08-30 Monday 03:30 PM
2021-08-30 Monday 09:30 PM

Returning Kernel Training

2021-08-25 Wednesday 06:30 PM
2021-08-25 Wednesday 09:30 PM
2021-08-26 Thursday 06:30 PM
2021-08-26 Thursday 09:30 PM


 Click here to view/download the 2021 Popcorn Kernel Guidebook

 Click here to view/download the Trail's End App Guide instructions


For further Information please contact CJ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the Council Service Center at (907) 452-1976




Trails End is discontinuing their scholarship program!

Here is what you need to know.

Scout families must turn in their 2019 scholarship forms by April 30, 2020.

Scouts enrolled in the scholarship by April 30, 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 April 30, 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.





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