James E. West

James E. West Fellowship Award

JamesWestAward

James. E. West was the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, a position he held for more than three decades. The West fellowship award is available for gifts of cash or marketable securities designated to the Council endowment fund. 

Donor Awards and Recognitions

The award recognizes gifts of more than $1,000 to BSA local council endowment funds.These contributions are meant to supplement—not replace or diminish—the donor’s annual giving to the Friends of Scouting campaign.

For those who have the desire and ability to give an even larger donation, the BSA expresses its gratitude with a special recognition program called the 1910 Society. There are four levels of giving, ranging from $25,000 for a Seton Level gift all the way to $10 million for a Phillips Gold Level gift. Donors at any of these levels can pin the small, gold 1910 Society device to their James E. West knot.

The Founders Circle, the newest level of endowment recognition, honors donors who make deferred gifts to their council endowment funds. These planned gifts of more than $100,000 can be charitable bequests in a will, life insurance or retirement plan designations, or other gifts approved by the local council. Like the 1910 Society, Founders Circle donors wear a special device pinned on top of the James E. West knot.


The generosity of volunteers like you represents a 100-year tradition in the BSA that enables young people to experience the joys of Scouting. Help continue the tradition for the next 100 years.

If you and your family are at a place where a donation to Scouting is possible, contact your Gary Gilger at gary.gilger@scouting.org for details.