Through the World Friendship Fund, voluntary contributions of Scouts and leaders are transformed into cooperative projects that help Scouting associations in other countries to strengthen and extend their Scouting programs. The World Friendship Fund gives members of the Boy Scouts of America an good turn opportunity to help fellow Scouts who are in need of their support. It teaches Scouts that Scouting is global. Since the inception of the World Friendship Fund, American Scouts and leaders have voluntarily donated more than $11 million to the fund.
The World Friendship Fund was developed during the closing days of World War II. At that time, there was a great need to rebuild Scouting in those nations that had been wrecked by war and were just emerging from the shadows of totalitarianism.
Over the years, this fund has provided Scouts from around the world the opportunity to expand the Scouting Movement. Collected contributions are used to assist developing National Scout Organizations (NSO). Any NSO that is recognized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WSOM) can submit a grant request for projects to enhance their growing organization. Every February, May, and October the USFIS committee reviews these grant requests.
Collections for the World Friendship Fund can be organized during camporees, roundtable meetings, den and pack meetings, summer camping programs, blue and gold banquets, or any other Scout activity.
World Friendship Fund brochures, posters, and labels are available by contacting your local council. Ask them to order the items from the National Distribution Center (800-323-0732) via bin inventory. These items are free of charge and can be shipped directly to you.
You will need these item numbers:
- Brochure, No. 130-159
- Label, No. 130-620
- Poster, No. 130-609