The District assists the Council in supporting scouting in a number of ways. Primary fundraising initiatives include Popcorn sales, Super Saver Tri-folds, and Friends of Scouting. More information on each initiative is provided below. Updates will be distributed via email and the District Facebook page and shared at the District’s monthly Roundtable. Information about supporting scouting is also available on the Longhorn Council website and the Longhorn Council iHUB.
District leaders help coordinate each of the initiatives below for Orion District.
Popcorn helps provide essential funding that units and the Council need to maintain and expand programs for Scouts – it supports the adventures for which they joined Scouting. The popcorn sale gives the unit and council camping programs the funding they need to grow and improve.
Popcorn sales are typically from August – November.
You can find info on Popcorn on the Longhorn Council Popcorn page.
Super Saver Tri-folds
Super Saver Tri-folds (formerly Camp Cards) are folios with 12 offers of a mix of national and local vendors plus a code for the Scout Saver App to unlock access to thousands of 2-for-1 and 50% offers to use in over 10,000 cities throughout North America. Scouts can sell the Super Saver Tri-folds to help pay their own way. Typically sold for $10 each, the unit gets 50% commission.
Super Saver Tri-fold sales usually occur in the Spring.
You can find info on Super Saver on the Longhorn Council Scout Saver Fundraiser page.
Friends of Scouting
Money raised through Friends of Scouting provides the operating revenue to carry forth the mission of the Council. With your investment, the Council organizes new Cub Scout packs, Scouts BSA troops, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships; develops and coordinates volunteer adult training programs; handles all advancement and member registration; maintains quality traditional summer camping programs for Scouts and Cub Scouts; develops cutting-edge high adventure summer and weekend programs for older Scouts (including Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts); and coordinates weekend activities and volunteer recruitment.
Friends of Scouting is completed through two primary strategies: 1) Community Friends of Scouting and 2) Family Friends of Scouting.
- Community Friends of Scouting focuses on sharing the story of Scouting in the area with community alumni and other interested business leaders. This component of Friends of Scouting typically raises 60% of the annual Friends of Scouting goal.
- Family Friends of Scouting invites Scouting families to support the Council’s efforts to directly and indirectly support their unit by making a tax deductible gift at an annual event (historically a Blue and Gold celebration or a troop Court of Honor). Family Friends of Scouting usually raises 40% of the annual Friends of Scouting Goal.
The District will send a Friends of Scouting representative to one unit event each year. Your District Family Friends of Scouting coordinator will be in touch with your unit leaders to schedule a date.
You can find information on Friends of Scouting on the Longhorn Council Friends of Scouting page.
Page last updated July 14, 2020.