Friends of Scouting

Friends of Scouting is our Council’s primary fundraising program; it supports our Character Education and Leadership Training programs.

In 2020, donors contributed $1,200,000 to the program through

Founders Campaign

150 volunteers contributed $102,000 in tiered support levels as a unique opportunity to honor our past while looking towards our future as a new council

Popcorn Campaign

GGAC was #3 in the Western Region. More than 1,400 Scouts participated with noteworthy efforts from:

James E. West Fellowship Award

A gift to a local council, designated by the donor to the council endowment fund, qualifies for membership as a James E. West fellow.  The gift must be in addition to— and not replace or diminish—the donor’s annual Friends of Scouting support.

In 2020, total contributions to the Endowment were $ 46,452

And then we had our special events . . .

The Harvest in the Vineyards event went virtual this year. 78 contributors donated.

This was our only in-person event of the year with 305 participants donating.

Gala was another successful  event with 68 participants contributing.

Lunch-o-Ree was a great success with contributions from 129 donors.

How to verify an out of Council Merit Badge Counselor.

First, try to connect the Scout and counselor in Scoutbook. If that is successful, the counselor is registered and qualified. If unsuccessful, go to the counselor’s home council and search for their Advancement Administrators. Most will have an email address for either the Council Advancement Committee or Professional Advisor. Send an email asking if the counselor has been registered and qualified for the merit badge(s) in question and the status of their Youth Protection Training. Ask California councils if the counselor has completed AB506 training and LiveScan. The unit leader’s “blue card” signature verifies their counselor credentials verification.


Sea Scouts




Shooting Sport


Scouting for Food

Order of the Arrow