Because of you…
boys and girls enjoy the country’s best camps, innovative STEM programs and scholarships. As you continue to make Scouting a part of your philanthropy, you join an elite group who share your desire to impact the future of our youth. Since 2011, Second Century Society (SCS) members have given over $200 million to support the operational, capital and endowment needs of Scouting. While every member has a different way they express their vision for Scouting’s future, they have a common goal… ensuring all youth continue to experience Scouting in its Second Century and beyond.
National Second Century Society Chairs, Mairead O’Sullivan and Art Landi
The Second Century Society is guided by two dedicated Scouters, Art Landi and Mairead O’Sullivan.
As the National Chairpersons for the Second Century Society, Art and Mairead partner with the four regional SCS chairs to recognize our major donors.
Their energy and enthusiasm is focused on thanking Scouting’s major donors, growing the number of SCS Members and fostering engaging events.
“Your donations mean so much to the girls and boys the BSA serves every day and we want to recognize everyone who qualifies for the Second Century Society. If you believe you qualify, we invite you to join the SCS today by filling out the application at the link below. We can’t wait to welcome you as an SCS member!” – Mairead O’Sullivan and Art Landi
The Second Century Society, SCS, is the Boy Scouts of America’s national social organization of individuals, families, foundations, and corporations stewarded by key volunteers and implemented by the Boy Scouts of America National Foundation. Established in 2011, SCS, replaces the 1910 Society and Founders Circle as the way to recognize Scouting’s major donors at both the local and national levels. Qualifying gifts to be recognized as a Second Century Society member have a broader definition than Scouting’s major gift recognition in the past. These gifts include an outright gift of $25,000 or more payable over five years, or a deferred gift of $100,000 or more to a local council, the Boy Scouts of America Foundation, high-adventure base or any Scouting entity for operating, capital, or endowment.
Any donor who is recognized as a Second Century Society member is awarded a certificate and can wear the lapel pin indicating their level of support.
Second Century Society Insignia | 70 years in the making
The Jacob’s staff makes it’s first appearance in Scouting at the Fifth World Jamboree held in the Netherlands in 1937. Since the 1300’s the Jacob’s staff has been used for nautical and astronomical surveying and navigation. After the Jamboree the Jacob’s staff becomes part of the Award of Gratitude for the Netherlands Scout organizations. The use of this symbol reinforces how Scouting can help you navigate life.
The Boy Scouts of America is honored with the Omar N. Bradley Spirit of Independence Award. The award has been given out annually to recognize outstanding American citizens and organizations that symbolize the spirit of freedom and independence. In 1977, U.S. Army General Omar N. Bradley, the only living five-star general at that time, received the first Spirit of Independence Award. The following year and until his death, Bradley presented the “Spirit of Independence Award” to his fellow recipients. After his death, the General’s name was added to the award.
“Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.” -General Omar N. Bradley
Seventy years later, these two awards come together in the Second Century Society Insignia to convey Scouting’s gratitude to our major donors. The Jacob’s staff and bars represent the investment you make in Scouting- an investment to guide the future of our youth. As a leader, General Bradley emphasized focusing on the path to your goals lest you be distracted by the things in front of you. Wearing the Second Century Society Pin conveys you invest in Scouting to ensure the future leaders generations keep the spirit of freedom and independence alive.
Second Century Society | $25,000 – $99,999
Qualifying gifts to be recognized as a Second Century Society member at this level include an outright gift of $25,000 or more payable over five years, or a deferred gift of $100,000 or more to a local council, the Boy Scouts of America Foundation, high-adventure base or any Scouting entity for operating, capital, or endowment.
Donors and or local council staff can download and fill out the SCS application and return it to their local council. Your local council will request your recognition pin and certificate through BSA Supply by calling 1-800-323-0732. Your local council will then recognize you as a new member of the Second Century Society.
As a Member…
Be sure to sign up for the Second Century Society enewsletter (twice a year) to hear news about fellow SCS members and upcoming events.
Second Century Society | $100,000 and up
Qualifying gifts to be recognized as a Second Century Society member at these levels include an outright or deferred gift of $100,000 or more payable over five years, to a local council, the Boy Scouts of America Foundation, high-adventure base or any Scouting entity for operating, capital, or endowment. Donors at this level are recognized at the national level.
Donors and/or local council staff can fill out the online “SCS application.” It will automatically be sent to the BSA Foundation. Donors at these levels are recognized nationally by the BSA Foundation on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America. Fill out the “Recognition Item” order form to receive your certificate from the Foundation. If you would like the pin and additional recognition items, these can also be ordered by filling out the online “Recognition Item” form for additional cost. The form directs automatically to the BSA Foundation. Contact email@example.com with questions.
As a member…
You will automatically be signed up for the Second Century Society enewsletter (twice a year) to hear news about fellow SCS members and upcoming regional and national events and trips.
$1,000,000 and up
Higher Levels may choose items from lower levels