Maintaining and expanding our program outreach to youth will become increasingly difficult in the years ahead. Innovative and relevant programs to attract and hold youth will require new and increased financial support. Funding from traditional sources becomes more challenging each year. In response to this challenge, the council is committed to further develop and expand the endowment trust fund. The desired outcome to produce increased operating income from this source. This fund, which is permanent and professionally managed, is restricted in order that the principal remains in perpetuity, with earned income used annually for support of program.


The Pennsylvania Dutch Council has a strong commitment to ensure the financial support of Scouting, long into the future.  Through the establishment of a permanent endowment fund the volunteer Executive Board has provided a vehicle that will provide income to the annual budget without ever decreasing permanent gifts made to this fund.  

In recognition of individuals who contribute to the Pennsylvania Dutch Council’s permanent endowment fund, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has created the James E. West Fellowship. 

Respecting the flag - Julie Wright Camp Mack Pack CampThe James E. West Fellowship Award is a recognition authorized by the National Council, B.S.A. and presented by the Pennsylvania Dutch Council for individuals and chartered units who contribute $1,000 or more in cash or securities to the Pennsylvania Dutch Council Endowment fund.

Organizations or individuals may contribute an award in honor of someone — an Eagle Scout, a Silver Beaver recipient, Council, District or unit Scouter, or in memory of a departed loved one. There can be no finer honor paid to a Scouter than to be named a James E. West Fellow, indicating that the nominee is in the same spirit and dedication to Scouting as was James E. West. Those who are recognized by the James E. West Fellowship Award will cast their own “lengthened shadow” as they help ensure the Scouting legacy by helping create the financial stability needed to carry Scouting in the next century.

Levels: The James E. West Fellowship recognition begins at gifts of $1,000 or more and has four levels.

  • Bronze Member – $1,000 – $4,999
  • Silver Member –   $5,000 – $9,999
  • Gold Member –     $10,000 – $14,999
  • Diamond Member – $15,000 +

If you would like more information on the Council’s permanent endowment fund or the James E. West Fellowship, please contact Zena Korba at 717-553-4209 or



In an effort to encourage support for the endowment trust fund, the council has established the Scouting Heritage Society. Its objective is to encourage men and women who believe in Scouting to invest in its future. Membership includes:

  • Individuals who have made a written commitment to support the council through a will or bequest.
  • Individuals who have made a gift to the BSA through a planned giving vehicle, subject to any minimum amounts specified for that form of gift.

These individuals will be acknowledged as lifetime members of the Scouting Heritage Program with appropriate recognition and privileges.

 Discussion and a Cup of Coffee

We would welcome the opportunity to visit you at your home and discuss your wishes and intentions.  Please feel free to invite friends, family or trusted advisers to join us. We will discuss the various opportunities to help BSA and recommend, if possible, one of the many tax-saving, income generating ideas.

To discuss convenient meeting times, please contact our Development Director, Zena Korba, at 717-553-4209, email –  or write to 630 Janet Ave., Suite B-114, Lancaster, PA 17601.

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