"We only have a short time to live, so it is essential to do things that are worthwhile and to do them now." Robert Baden Powell.
The Aloha Council depends entirely upon the financial support of its members and the public’s voluntary donations. It is not a government-funded program. The Boy Scouts exist to provide a program of character development. However, it takes financial support to accomplish that goal. The more financial support available to the council, the more youth will be involved in better quality programs.
Overall support for the Boy Scout programs come from many sources. This is because there are many beneficiaries of Scouting. The youth and their families benefit primarily from the Scouting experience. They pay the largest portion of the expense, as their means allow. Packs, troops, and crews are chartered to community organizations that share the goals of the Scouting program. They pay a portion of the costs. Finally, the community at large is enriched when it has a vibrant Scouting program. It too contributes to making the Scouting program possible.
Where does the money come from?
Where does it go?
Youth and their families
Participation in money earning projects
Special money-earning projects
Boys Life Magazine*
* after the first year
Meeting rooms, light and heat
United way organizations
"Friends of Scouting" Campaign
Serving existing units
Maintaining Service Center, records, and information
Professional Staff Supervision
Member Registration fees
Magazine ads and subscriptions
Supply division uniform and equipment sales
National service fees
Local Council Assistance
Program Research and Development
Local Council Insurance and Benefits
Friends of Scouting
Each year the Aloha Council conducts a Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign to raise unrestricted operating dollars to cover, in part, the annual expenses involved in the operations of our council. Friends of Scouting exists for those individuals, businesses, corporations, and trusts that desire to create and maintain a connection with the council through the giving of financial resources to Scouting. Most are parents of Scouts or Scout alumni.
The unrestricted financial gifts are given with the understanding that the council will use these dollars as needed to ensure the continuation of a quality Scouting program for the youth of our area. The dollars raised through this Campaign allow us to:
- Conduct activities and programs at a minimum cost.
- Operate a Service Center to support our youth and leaders.
- Operate and maintain Camp Pupukea, Camp Alan Faye, Camp Honokaia, Camp Alexander.
- Provide trained professional field staff who work with our Scout leaders.
If you would like to learn more about this program or wish to have a Friends of Scouting Pledge Card mailed to you, contact the Aloha Council, BSA Office.
You may donate on line at The Finance Support Division and entering the council zip code 96817.
Aloha Council, BSA Swing A Club & 101 Holes is scheduled every year in Honolulu to help raise funds.
United Way Gift
The Aloha Council, BSA is a recipient agency of these United Ways:
- Hawaii Island United Way
- Kauai United Way
The continued support of these United Ways and the donors who support Boy Scouts through the United Way is very helpful and appreciated. You may designate your United Way gift to Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council.
Trails End Popcorn
The Trails End Popcorn Sale is an important funding source for the Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops in the council as well as helping the council to provide programs, camps, and services to the units. Also, Scouts have the opportunity to earn their own way in Scouting. Trails End even has a scholarship program for the top sellers! During the months of August through October Scouts sell popcorn in your neighborhood and local stores. Contact the Aloha Council, BSA for information on a unit selling popcorn near you.
An important part of our financial program is the donation of needed goods or services to the Council. These donations benefit the Council by replacing cash payments for required expenditures. Gifts in kind can be anything from a car to tires to an oil change. However, only gifts that are of value or use to the council are accepted.
Examples of gifts in kind are:
For the Service Center:
- Office Supplies- copy paper, computer paper, note pads, etc
- Computers, printers, and equipment, etc.
For Camp Pupukea:
- Program supplies such as row boats, kayaks, ecology, handicraft or scout craft program supplies
- Lumber for tent platforms
- Food for camp programs
- Building and Vehicle maintenance supplies
- Janitorial supplies
- See Camp Pupukea Project, Needs and Wish List download PDF now!
- Gifts in kind of gas, oil changes, tires, or a new (used) car would be helpful.
Underwrite a Special Project
- There are many projects at camp or at the service center that community groups, troop or packs can help with by donating funds, supplies, or time to finishing a project.
Camp Pupukea Project, Needs and Wish List download PDF now!
If you are interested making a gift in kind, contact Scout Executive, Jeff Sulzbach
Major gifts such as bequests, unitrusts, or gift annuities can ensure the financial viability of Boy Scouting in the Pacific in the future. They can be made to the Aloha Council Boy Scout Trust Fund, a permanent, irrevocable trust. The annual income from the trust fund is distributed to the operating fund, property fund, or campership account. The corpus of the trust remains invested.
Detailed information is available through National BSA Planned Gifts website. Also, there are two attorneys who specialize in planned giving who are salaried staff members of the BSA Central Region staff. They can advise potential donors or their financial and legal advisors. They can be contacted through Jeff Sulzbach at the Service Center.
There are attractive recognitions available to those who make contributions to the Aloha Council Boy Scout Trust Fund including the James E. West Award and the 1910 Society and. The commitment to make a planned gift is recognized with membership in the Heritage Society or the Founders Circle.