James E. West

Scouting America
James E. West Fellowship

James E. West Fellowship

James E. West was the first Chief Scout Executive of Scouting America. He served in that position for more than three decades. 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.


To Become a Fellow

A gift to a local council, designated by the donor to the council endowment fund, qualifies for membership as a James E. West fellow. The gift must be in addition to— and not replace or diminish—the donor’s annual Friends of Scouting support. A minimum gift of $1,000 in cash or marketable securities qualifies for the Bronze level membership. Donors may make cumulative gifts to reach Silver, Gold, and Diamond member levels. For example, 5 years of giving at the Bronze level would qualify for Silver level membership.


 $1,000+ Bronze Member Level            $10,000+ Gold Member Level

 $5,000+ Silver Member Level              $15,000+ Diamond Member Level





The Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign is supporting essential youth programs, offering new programs, and dedicating funds to expand our reach within the community. In another words, we are following the motto of Scouting America – “Be Prepared”.


To help the Scouts be prepared, every gift made will be set aside for our endowment – for the future of our youth. Donors, just like you, helped the Council “Be Prepared” by leveraging the program which has cumulatively resulted in new endowment gifts. For the Texas Southwest Council, the momentum of endowment growth significantly impacts our Scouting programs. With our investment and spending policies, endowment gifts currently provide over $30,000 in annual funding for essential programs.


One of the Council’s top priorities is to raise additional dollars for endowment. Every dollar adds up including your Leaders of Tomorrow endowment gift from $1,000 to $25,000. Please consider an appropriate gift for all current and future Scouts. Your leadership and impact will continue for decades to come.