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Who Pays for Scouting?


Assisted by their families, members pay from their personal savings and participation in money-earning projects. Members buy their own uniforms, handbooks, personal equipment, and activity fees.

Packs, Troops, Teams, and Crews

Weekly, monthly, or annual dues and funds from money-earning projects meet expenses for supplies, equipment, and activities. These monies also pay for registration fees, Boys Life subscriptions, awards and recognitions, special activities, and program materials.

Communities Organizations

Chartered organizations provide meeting space, and adult leadership to Scouting units. Businesses and organizations like the United Way support the local council with Friends of Scouting contributions, and participation in award dinners, golf tournaments, and other special events. 

Local Council

The Nashua Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America is a registered 501c3 not-for-profit corporation. Financial support for our youth programs come from from five primary sources:

  1. Direct contributions through our annual "Friends of Scouting" campaign
  2. Endowment - Includes wills, estate planning and the James E. West Fellowship
  3. Capital Gifts - Support our Summer camps and Council Service Center
  4. Gifts-In-Kind - Donations of materials or services
  5. Special Events - Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner, Golf Tournaments and other community events.

The annual Friends of Scouting campaign raises more than $110,000 from communities, businesses and families to support the Scouting Movement in Nashua Valley Council.

The annual Trails End popcorn sale is an opportunity for units to raise funds for their unit activities while helping to support the council's operating costs. 70% of the money raised stays right here in Nashua Valley Council to help support Scouting in our communities.

Nashua Valley Council benefits from two annual golf tournaments each summer. There are many opportunities for players and sponsors to help support local Scouting by participating in these tournaments.

Each year Nashua Valley Council recognizes one of our distinguished community leaders with the Distinguished Citizen Award at a gala dinner. This event along with other community events throughout the year provides opportunities for community and business leaders to support local Scouting.


The Camp Card initiative is designed to help scouts earn their way to summer camp, whether it be at Camp Wanocksett, Camp Split Rock , or High Adventure. 

Units participating in the pro-gram will earn 50% commission ($5.00) for each $10 Camp Card sold, and 50% will go to the Council in order to help cover the costs of Camperships (almost $17,000 in 2014) and to make improvements to our camps. The sale will begin February 25th and units will have until May 22nd to sell, and May 29th to close out their accounts & re-ceive 50% Commission. 

The program is RISK FREE, simply return any unsold cards to the NVC Service Center on or before May 22nd.

The Nashua Valley Council’s endowment fund provides sustained financial support for council programs, camp facilities, camperships and unit support. Contributions to the council endowment help ensure that Nashua Valley Council will continue to deliver the promise of Scouting for the next generation of youth.