Boy Scouts of America Launches New E-Funding Website, Enables Support of Local Scouting Online

Site provides options to donate to local council programs

Irving, TEXAS December 1, 2011—Supporting the Knox Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest and most prominent youth character development organizations, is now just a mouse click away. A new website, http://aplacetogive.scouting.org/, provides the ability to support the Scouting programs here in the local community, to provide funding to send a youth to camp, and to support the development of the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, the BSA’s newest national high-adventure base and the future home of the national Scout jamboree, with online donations.   

As a nonprofit organization, the Knox Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America relies on the generosity of charitable donations to support its ongoing operations and future capital expenses. Each gift, regardless of size, provides invaluable funding for BSA programs that benefit Scouts right here in the community. The introduction of this new website offers supporters of Scouting the ability to help nurture youth development in a convenient, meaningful way.

“The e-Funding website represents a quantum leap forward—both in the way it enables people to donate to Scouting and in the way it enables councils to customize their page to provide donors with a number of options,” said Assistant Chief Scout Executive Brad Farmer. “Despite tough economic times, supporters continue to graciously invest their time and resources to help the BSA develop young people into the leaders of tomorrow.”  

Most youth members’ day-to-day experiences with Scouting come through their individual packs, troops, teams, crews, and ships. These units are overseen by nearly 300 local councils, including Knox Trail. Initially, when an individual navigates to the new e-Funding website, the site will identify where that individual is located and will automatically populate the information for the nearest BSA local council.

In addition to supporting local council programs, visitors to http://aplacetogive.scouting.org/ will be able to select the “Send a Kid to Camp” option, provide funding for the James E. West Endowment, and/or support the development of the Summit by purchasing new trees and sponsoring walkway paving stones, wooden sustainability benches, and stone benches. Other options will be introduced in the future, providing donors with a variety of ways to personalize and individualize their gifts to the Scouting program.

“Our supporters and members want to see the amazing Scouting program continue to grow and thrive in meeting the needs of today’s youth,” Farmer said. “One of the ways we are doing that is by expanding our reach in the digital realm and giving supporters and members more ways to connect with Scouting.”

About the Knox Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America

Knox Trail Council serves over 7,000 young people and nearly 2,200 adult volunteers throughout 21 communities in the MetroWest area of Massachussetts.

About the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21, and more than a million volunteers, in nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.




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