Friends of Scouting Campaign

Dear Troop 17 Family,

Your Scout is a member of Troop 17 because you know the value of the scouting program and what it brings to him; confidence, citizenship and leadership characteristics that help set the foundation for his future success. Our program is successful because of youth and adult participation and their individual talents. Though, it is not without the support and resources of the Northern New Jersey Council. 

As our Troop Chairman for Friends of Scouting I appeal to you for a contribution to the Northern New Jersey Friends of Scouting Campaign. All contributions at any level are appreciated to help sustain council programs, facilities and services to which Troop 17 benefits.

During my tenure as a leader serving on camping trips and at summer camp, I see firsthand that exploring outdoors is a key part of scouting and perhaps the most visible one. I see our boys achieving advanced rank and multiple merit badges and developing into strong well-rounded citizens.  I am convinced that they will make a difference in the world.  They embrace the virtue of Be Prepared and they are Prepared. For Life.

Friends of Scouting is the Council’s major annual fundraising activity. I sincerely ask you to join me in supporting Scouting through this worthy appeal.

Generally, Troop 17 participation has been about 60% of Troop families. Thank you to all whom participated in the past and I have every confidence you will contribute again this year. I make a special request to those who have not participated, give a second read to my thoughts at the beginning of this letter, after thoughtful consideration make the commitment to support FoS-2017. Every donation, no matter the amount, helps continue providing a quality Scouting program. Can we make it to 100% family participation?

Attached is a FoS-2017 brochure; you will see in the PLEDGE section various incentives for contributors. In addition for each pledge received by me your scout will receive a Prepared For Life Nylon Flying disk and your name will be entered into a Troop 17 only drawing for a 54” Hand carved Hardwood Hiking Stick by Wilcor Outdoors.

Please click the below button to make your donation on-line.  If you prefer to write a check, (payable to NNJC BSA) and mail it in confidence to me at the address below by February 3, 2016.


Thank you in advance for your participation and commitment to Scouting.


Alan Kirshenbaum
Assistant Scoutmaster
70 Browning Road
Short Hills, NJ 07078

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