Solicitations for Scouting
Scouters and others have been receiving letters from various nonprofit organizations claiming to support the Boy Scouts of America and seeking contributions. Some of these groups refer to Scouting in their name: Save Our Scouts or Scouting Legal Defense Fund, and some do not. All of them claim to be supporting Scouting's legal activities in some fashion, but none of them are authorized by Boy Scouts of America or the Cherokee Area Council to be seeking funds. Most importantly, no contributions to these groups go directly to Scouting.
Neither the Cherokee Area Council nor Boy Scouts of America solicit funds in this manner. Please also be assured that no names or addresses are ever sold or given to anyone outside our organization. These groups generally use mailing lists purchased from commercial organizations that compile such lists from conservative magazine subscriptions and other sources that try to identify those individuals that may be most sympathetic to their plea for financial support.
We regret the confusion and misdirection of contributions that these solicitations cause, and Boy Scouts of America is taking appropriate legal measures to deal with these parties. Under our federal Constitution these groups have the right to solicit funds and to express their support, but they do not have any right to mislead or confuse people.
Some of these organizations have provided support to the BSA through Friend of the Court briefs or published articles, but we would prefer that they did not seek to profit by these activities through soliciting funds in the name of Scouting.
Anyone who wishes to support their local Boy Scouts of America programs should make their contributions directly to the Cherokee Area Council, BSA, 6031 Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421. You may make an Online Donation or download our latest brochure to complete and mail with your donation. If you have any questions, please contact us at 423-892-8323.