Disaster Relief: How to Help

BSA Emergency Preparedness

When disaster strikes, the Scouting community rallies to help those in need.

The summer of 2017 has brought some of the worst weather in recent memory. Thousands of Scouting units have been or will be affected and it is up to us, the Scouting family, to do a good turn and lend a helping hand. Here are a few ways you can make an immediate impact.


Help a neighborhood Scouting unit

Other councils/packs/troops looking to support Scouting units in need can purchase new items so that they can resume activities as soon as possible.

Contact information will be provided so you can reach out directly to the affected Scouting units and arrange for shipment/delivery of goods.


Help a local BSA council

Donate online to a special BSA fund established to help those councils most affected by the recent natural disasters. All donations will be used to help rebuild and restore BSA facilities and programs.

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Other ways to help

To provide immediate support for food and shelter needs in the area, Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh and the BSA encourage you to donate directly to the American Red Cross and/or Salvation Army:

American Red Cross

  • Donate online, or,
  • call 1-800-RED CROSS, or,
  • text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Salvation Army

  • Donate online, or, 
  • Donate by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or, 
  • Donate via mail to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta GA 30301

We thank you for your continued support of the Boy Scouts of America and for helping the Scouting Family through these troubling times.