Program Support

Friends of Scouting



James E. West Fellowship

Endowment Contributions of $1,000 and up.


Heritage Society

Endowment Contributions of more than $1,000.


1910 Society

Significant Endowment Contributions of $25,000 and up.


Founders' Circle

Deferred Endowment Contributions of $25,000 and up.


Special Events

Lawn Social

Sporting Clays


General Council Information

Fundraising Policies of the Boy Scouts of America

2010 Annual Report

2009 Annual Report
Good Turns Newsletter - Fall 2011




Friends of Scouting

The Central Minnesota Council needs your help to deliver a quality program to our Scouts.

On average, it costs $155.00 to put each Scout through the program for a year. That cost includes

running and maintaining a Service Center and a Trading Post, printing, record keeping, program

development and more.


If you would like to make a pledge or a contribution to the Central Minnesota Council's FOS

campaign, please call the Watkins Service Center at (320) 251-3930, email David Trehey or mail

in a Pledge Card.



James E. West Fellowship

An integral part of the Central Minnesota Council's program is to expand its endowment trust fund

and ensure the future financial stability of the council through the James E. West Fellowship Award

Named after the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, it is a national recognition

award for those who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to our council's endowment fund.


The Central Minnesota Council has 27 members of the West Fellowship. It is important to note that

a qualifying gift for recognition as a James E. West fellow is in addition to, and does not diminish or

replace, the donor's annual gift to the council's Friends of Scouting Campaign. Organizations or

individuals may make a contribution in honor of someone involved in Scouting; an Eagle Scout, a

Silver Beaver recipient or a significant Scout leader. Gifts may also be given in memory of a loved one,

business associate or other acquaintance. 


Each Donor will be recognized with a personalized 8x10" certificate, distinctive lapel pin or charm, and

an embroidered square knot. Application forms are available at the Watkins Scout Service Center, by

contacting Dave Trehey at (320) 251-3930 ext. 101 or you can download and mail in the PDF form



Heritage Society

The Heritage Society is a program to recognize those who include Scouting in their estate planning

or make outright gifts to the Endowment Fund of the Central Minnesota Council. You may qualify for

membership in the Heritage Society by:

  • Making an outright gift of money, land, stock, insurance, copyrights, oil rights, letter stock,           restricted stock or an individual fractional interest in the Endowment fund of the Central Minnesota Council

  • Making a new or revising an existing Will directing a percentage, a fixed amount or through a contingency statement directing an eventual gift to the Endowment fund.

  • Naming the Endowment Fund to the Central Minnesota Council Inc., BSA as a primary or secondary beneficiary of the new or existing insurance policy.

  • Creating a Charitable Remainder Interest or an Annuity Trust, a Pooled Life Income Agreement, a Charitable Gift Annuity or Short-Term Trust, a Life Estate or a bank deposit that eventually directs all or a portion of the principal  to the Endowment fund.

Gifts to the Central Minnesota Council Endowment Fund may be directed for general purposes or designated for special purposes. Such gifts will also reduce income, estate and inheritance taxes. 

If you would like to contribute to the Endowment Fund and become a member of the Heritage Society, please visit the Watkins Service Center in Sartell or contact Dave Trehey at (320) 251-3930 ext. 101.



1910 Society

A special recognition program known as the 1910 Society was created in 1995 to encourage significant gifts to the council endowment fund. This support is vital to the financial stability of the Central Minnesota Council, and will ensure our Scouting legacy for future generations of young Americans.


To qualify as a member of the 1910 Society, an individual donor, company or organization must contribute $25,000 or more to the local council endowment fund. Recognitions will be given for gifts

of cash, stock, bonds, lead trusts, or other assets that could be readily converted to cash. The gift to endowment may be paid within five years of the pledge date. 


The 1910 Society was named for the year the early, visionary leaders of Scouting founded the Boy Scouts of America. Those who have made endowment gifts to further the Scouting movement are themselves, modern day visionaries.


There are four Levels of Recognition in the 1910 Society:

  • Ernest Thompson Seton Member - $25,000 minimum gift commitment

  • Daniel Carter Beard Member - $100,000 minimum gift commitment

  • Theodore Roosevelt Member - $500,000 minimum gift commitment

  • Waite Philips Member - $1,000,000 minimum gift commitment

Members receive a leather-bound edition of the Boy Scout Handbook with their name embossed in gold on the cover, a personalized parchment certificate, and a distinctive lapel pin or charm. They also receive invitations to special members-only events and receptions at National Meetings, Jamborees and other major Scouting Events. Membership applications are available at the Watkins Scout Service Center or contact Dave Trehey at (320)251-3930 ext. 101.



Founders Circle

The Founders Circle is intended to recognize deferred gifts designated for council endowment funds. Donors are recognized for gift commitments of $100,000 or more. Unlike the other endowment recognition awards, a donor may qualify for membership with gifts made through: Charitable bequests in a will or codicil, Chartible trusts, BSA Gift Annuities or BSA Pooled Income Fund gifts,

Life insurance/retirement plan designations, and other deferred gifts approved by the local council.

As with the 1910 Society, there are four levels of membership within the Founders Circle:

  • Bronze - $100,000 minimum gift commitment

  • Silver - $250,000 minimum gift commitment
  • Gold - $500,000 minimum gift commitment
  • Platinum - $1,000,000 minimum gift commitment

The early founders of the BSA had vision and commitment to make Scouting the number one youth organization in the world. In that spirit, we honor the modern-day visionaries who qualify for the Founders Circle in their commitment to perpetuate the visions and beliefs of those founders. To learn more or to contribute, please contact Dave Trehey at (320)251-3930 ext. 101.



Lawn Social

This yearly event was hosted for over 20 years by Dan & Mabel Coborn at their residence on the Mississippi River. It is a major fund raiser for the Central Minnesota Council. In 2005, 786 guests took part in this premier social event which included excellent food and even better fellowship. The event generated more than $87,000 in 2005 for local Scouting programs. 



Sporting Clays

This first time "Outing for Scouting" was held in September of 2005 at Rice Creek Sportsman's Club near Little Falls. The event consists of teams of five shooters completing a Sporting Clays course with ten stations. The teams compete for prizes at different levels including shotguns and other outdoors merchandise donated by area retailers and individuals.


A Sporting Clays Shoot will be held again this fall with hopes of doubling the number of teams involved. If you have a team that would like to take part in this year's event or if you would like to sponsor a station, or donate prizes, please contact Dave Trehey by phone at (320) 251-3930 ext. 101

or email to




Donation Gift Prints

Scoutmaster by Norman Rockwell

Happy Birthday, BSA! by Joseph Csatari