For 108 years, the BSA has grown the future leaders of our nation.  While the Scouting mission has remained the same,  innovative methods of reaching youth have evolved.  Scouting innovates by drawing from our rich history to respond to the needs of today’s youth.

Innovative programs teach powerful real-life skills. STEM education and Workforce Development programs grow future leaders for our nation.

Endowments for the Michigan Crossroads Council  are important because they blend the visions of their donors with the needs and objectives of Scouting. One of the exciting things about an endowment gift is the bond, the relationship that is created between the donor and the Michigan Crossroads Council.

More information about Scouting endowment funds can be found at the BSA National Foundation Website or by contacting Vic Pooler  at

The James E. West Fellowship—  Exclusively for Gifts to Endowment

James E. West was the first Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, and he served in that position for more than three decades. The West Fellowship award is available for gifts of $1,000 and up in cash or marketable securities to a council endowment fund. The gift must be in addition to— and not replace or diminish—the donor’s annual Friends of Scouting support. Many individuals and corporations make these gifts either on behalf of someone else—such as in honor of an Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver recipient, a retirement, a special accomplishment, or anniversary—or in memory of a special individual. If an institution is truly “the lengthened shadow of one man,” it is more than fitting that the BSA honor James E. West’s major contributions to Scouting in such a significant way.

If you and your family are at a place where a donation to Scouting is possible, contact Vic Pooler at or your local field service council

Download James E. West Application
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