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National BSA to increase BSA member registration fees

As shared at the October district roundtables with those present, the National BSA Council will be increasing the per-person BSA membership fees for 2020 to amounts announced below on October 23, which are significantly more than $33.00 per-person.

During our Unit Charter Renewal System training at the roundtables, the commissioners and Scout Executive explained that although units can begin reviewing the current registration of youth and adult members for Jan. to Dec. 2020 using their UCRS packets, the UCRS software is currently Version 9, which allows for the first three steps, but then stops at Step 3.  This is because Step 4 (calculating fees) requires the new fees just established be calculated, and then Step 5, which is the online submission, followed by the signing of the printouts by the Chartered Organization head (executive officer) and the Unit Leader.

Your council is well aware of the anxiety caused by the delay by National BSA in announcing the new fees with less than 90 days before the current charters expire.  We expected to know the new fee amounts around October 23 (shortly following the meeting of the National BSA Executive Board), and have just communicated the announcement by e-mail directly to all Unit Key 3 members as soon as your commissioners and council staff learned of the new fees.

Please be aware that the fee increase is very large, due primarily to the increased cost of general liability insurance for 2020 that covers all adult volunteers and chartered organizations.  Your unit should be prepared to continue fundraising and/or collect more in dues in anticipation of this very significant increase soon to be announced.

 

UPDATE October 23 - National BSA Announcement regarding 2020 Member Registration Fees

For more than 100 years, Scouting has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun and adventure in the outdoors.  In the Boy Scouts of America, we are dedicated to developing leaders of character by preparing young men and women for life by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The timeless ideals of the Scout Law, such as being trustworthy, helpful, kind and brave, make up the foundation young people need to address and overcome challenges in their lives and the issues facing their generation.

While costs to the organization have increased every year, BSA has worked to keep the annual membership fee as low as possible by subsidizing core costs, including liability insurance we must carry to cover all official Scouting activities. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to subsidize at the level we have in the past, especially as the cost of insurance has increased dramatically. We kept the cost low to make Scouting available to as many young people as possible but keeping the cost artificially low for many years now magnifies the impact of changes.

To ensure we have the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting despite increasing operating costs, the BSA National Executive Board has made the difficult but necessary decision to increase the annual membership fee effective January 1, 2020 to:

  • $60 for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouts,

  • $36 for youth members in Exploring, and

  • $36 for adult members

Every dollar of the national BSA membership fee will go toward the cost of essential services, including liability insurance for those participating in approved Scouting activities, program resources, safety standards, youth protection and personal safety training, and services to councils nationwide to sustain Scouting. National BSA will also continue to develop and improve resources that support our volunteers and youth members such as online registration, Member Care and Scoutbook, which now includes the Den Leader experience to ensure the safe and consistent delivery of Cub Scouting; as well as improvements aimed at simplifying the annual renewal process.

We know that Scouting remains one of the most valuable investments we can make to support young men and women today so they can become the leaders we will turn to tomorrow. From once-in-a-lifetime adventures to merit badges that spark interests and future careers; from campouts under the stars to service projects that leave a lasting impact on our communities; Scouting’s year-round program expands horizons and provides young people with a safe and welcoming place to learn, grow, and thrive.

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