Campaigns & Gifts
What Your Donation Supports
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, and provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. As a nonprofit organization, the Boy Scouts of America relies on the generosity of charitable donations to support its ongoing operations and future capital expenses at the local and national level. Each gift, regardless of size, provides invaluable funding for BSA programs that benefit our Scouts in Mayflower Council.
Your generously donated funds finance the operation of the Mayflower Council Service Center in Milford, Camp Resolute, Camp Squanto, and Nobscot Scout Reservation. In addition, funding provides general liability insurance, ability to maintain membership records, support youth activities sponsored by the council, offsets volunteer training costs, and supports professional and administrative salaries and benefits.
Friends Of Scouting
Friends of Scouting is the council’s annual giving campaign and an opportunity for families, friends and alumni to support Scouting. Help us provide the resources necessary to make sure every youth can benefit from Scouting’s fun, exciting, adventure-filled activities that foster character, honesty, respect, and life-long values. The annual Scouting registration fee goes directly to the national office of the Boy Scouts of America. If a Scout unit collects dues, that money stays with the unit to help pay for supplies, advancement and other activities. None of that money helps the Mayflower Council deliver Scouting opportunities to our Scouts or support the leaders of our Scouting units with the tools and resources they need to facilitate a quality unit program.
Will you invest in Scouting for the next generation? Your investment ensures that over 7,000 youth in our council have an affordable character development program that focuses on citizenship, life skills, physical fitness, Duty to God and Country, and learning in the outdoor classroom. These unique opportunities can only be found in Scouting and can’t happen without you!
The Mission of the Mayflower Council, BSA is to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and in other ways prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based upon the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
It is the purpose of the Mayflower Council to provide the program support needed by the volunteer leaders of the various Cub Scout packs, Scouts BSA troops, Venture crews, Explorer posts and Learning for Life groups in the communities we serve in the MetroWest and South Shore areas.
The Mayflower Council was established in 2017 and is a result of the consolidation of Scouting programming that has served Greater MetroWest and the South Shore areas of Massachusetts for over a century. Comprised of territory that was once part of the Algonquin, Norumbega, Knox Trail, Squanto, and Old Colony Councils, the Mayflower Council is rich with the traditions and history of generations of Scouts and Scouting families.
- For a gift of $380.00 (cost of delivering the Scouting program to one youth for an entire year) the donor will receive a special 2022 Friends of Scouting council shoulder patch (CSP).
- For a gift of $1,000 and above the donor will receive a custom wooden pen with the Mayflower Council Scouting logo.
Endowments gifts are invested in the council’s permanent endowment trust fund. The fund is managed by an outside investment firm that is overseen by the council’s endowment committee. Annual financial withdrawals from the endowment fund are based on five percent of a five year rolling average that enables the council to continually grow the endowment without touching the principle. Each year, a portion of these funds are placed in the council’s operating budget with the remainder earmarked towards capital improvements at our camping facilities.
Those who who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the council’s permanent endowment fund are eligible to receive the James E. West Fellowship. This award, named for Scouting’s first Chief Scout Executive, is often used as a way of recognizing an Eagle Scout or a volunteer Scouter in your unit or district. An organization or individual may also contribute in their own name demonstrating their support of and commitment to Scouting’s ideals.
Each James E. West Fellowship receives a personalized certificate suitable for framing, a lapel pin, and the James E. West Fellowship square knot for his/her Scout uniform.
Memorial & Tribute Fund
Honor a friend or relative with a lasting gift to the Mayflower Council. Donations to the Memorial and Tribute Fund are a gratifying way for individuals, businesses, or groups to honor, recognize or remember special friends and relatives. Tributes are suitable for memorials or special occasions such as birthdays, birth of a child or grandchild, anniversaries, retirement, attaining the rank of Eagle etc. Memorial & Tribute Fund donations can be made in any amount and all donations are kept confidential. Special acknowledgements are sent to the donor and the recipient or their family.
The Second Century Society/1910 Society
The Second Century Society, SCS, is the Boy Scouts of America’s national social organization of individuals, families, foundations, and corporations stewarded by key volunteers and implemented by the Boy Scouts of America National Foundation. Established in 2011, SCS, replaces the 1910 Society and Founders Circle as the way to recognize Scouting’s major donors at both the local and national levels. Qualifying gifts to be recognized as a Second Century Society member have a broader definition than Scouting’s major gift recognition in the past. These gifts include an outright gift of $25,000 or more payable over five years, or a deferred gift of $100,000 or more to a local council, the Boy Scouts of America Foundation, high-adventure base or any Scouting entity for operating, capital, or endowment.
Any donor who is recognized as a Second Century Society member is awarded a certificate and can wear the lapel pin indicating their level of support, with unique insignia for donations for the following domination values: $25,000 – $99,999, $100,000 – $499,000, $500,000 – $1,000,000 and $1,000,000+. Donors are also recognized with collectable recognitions items commensurate with the amount of their gift.