Friends of Scouting 2017

bsaDonation Links Summary:

Donation Links Summary:
  • Colorado Gives Day [on or before Dec. 5, 2017]
  • Longs Peak Council Website [After January 1, 2017 to insure credit to the 2017 FOS Campaign]
  • Return your card with a check made out to Boys Scouts of America either via snail mail or at an upcoming troop meeting

Please send an email with your donation confirmation if you donate online to:

Dear Troop 171 Family, 

The fall Court of Honor in November highlighted an amazing 2016 for Troop 171. We hosted our own summer camp at Flaming Gorge Reservoir, where parents taught merit badges, saw how much candy their kids really eat, told long-winded and hilarious stories each night at the adult camp, and watched a moving flag retirement ceremony to close a memorable week. Our sons have camped and backpacked in Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Wyoming. New Scouts conquered their first ever backpacking trip to nearby Bunce Lake, where they caught frogs in the muddy lake bed. Several older Scouts completed their capstone trip in Mexico by diving with sharks and swimming through coral tunnels. Eight of our Scouts earned Eagle rank in 2016, the most ever from our Troop in a single year. One of those Scouts lives in Australia and we watched the presentation of his Eagle award via Skype.

To help support these experiences in 2017, I am asking for your participation in this year’s Friends of Scouting (FOS) fund drive. Troop 171’s goal for this year is $5000. This goal is set for us by the district based on the number of scouts in our troop. Nearly 90% of funds raised through FOS are invested directly in Scouting programs. You can find more information about Longs Peak Council and Friends of Scouting at If you read closely you will also find the inspiring story of an Eagle Scout from Troop 171.

This year there are three ways to donate. Please send me an email with your donation confirmation if you donate online:

1.  Return your card to with a check made out to Boy Scouts of America.

2.  Donate through Colorado Gives Day on or before December 6, at Colorado Gives Day

3.    Donate through Longs Peak Council Website [after January 1, 2017]

Click on Donate, , including your name and “Troop 171 Friends of Scouting 2017” in the special instructions box. This last bit is required to have your donation applied to Troop 171 FOS goal. 

If the Troop reaches our FOS goal, all advancement patches—rank advancements, merit badges, and leadership patches—will be free for all of 2017. This is a huge benefit for our Troop as money saved on patches will help fund Troop 171 adventures in 2017 and beyond.

Yours in Scouting,

Ronda Irwin (mom to Alex – Eagle Scout, Adam – Life Scout, Rodney – Star Scout)