Friends of Scouting

The Rainbow Council, Scouting America serves over 2,200 youth in Will, Kankakee, and Grundy Counties. Our family-based program helps prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling the Scout Oath and Law’s values in them. Building a strong code of ethics is what Scouting is all about.  Scouting creates a real desire for learning by facilitating opportunities for youth to experience new and exciting adventures.

The Scouts of Rainbow Council are making our communities better. Last year, our Scouts participated in over 10,000 hours of community service. Along the way more than 80 scouts achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Scouting America’s mission is to prepare young people to make the right choices no matter what the situation life throws at them.

Rainbow Council provides a number of resources to make sure every scout receives a quality program. We employ three full time and four part time staff members year-round to support the unit leaders, camp and store. Staff members work evenings and weekends to ensure that leaders and Scouts have the knowledge and materials necessary to enjoy a wonderful Scouting experience. Rainbow Council also operates the Rainbow Council Scout Reservation, a 650-acre facility near, Morris Illinois. The Camp gives Scouts an opportunity to experience summer camp, camporees, Klondike Derbies, Resident Camps, Artic Blast, training courses, weekend camping, challenge courses, including a climbing wall, as well as, boating, mountain biking and other year-round activities.  

The George S. McGee Service Center, located in Lockport provides a local Scout Store/Resource Center to ensure every Scouting family and leader has the program materials that can enhance their Scouting experience.

The staff and volunteers work together to coordinate Summer Camps, Scouting for Food to benefit our local food pantries, popcorn sale, leadership training as well as, Council/District activities. Every week, thousands of Scouts in Rainbow Council raise their hands in the Scout sign and make a promise. It’s not a pledge to an organization. It is a commitment to themselves, their families, and the community they share.

Scouting is fun for both the youth and adults we serve. To learn more about joining Scouting and being part of the fun, please click here.

An Investment in Character

More than 82% of the council budget is directed towards program support that impacts the quality of every youth’s Scouting experience! The current cost of providing this time-tested program is $150.00 per Scout.  

Friends of Scouting, or an investment in character, is the annual giving campaign of the Rainbow Council that helps provide the necessary funds to ensure a quality Scouting program for every youth. Friends of Scouting is the council’s largest source of income (15 percent). The campaign is vital to the programs and services of the Council