BSA Membership Fee Announcement
To deliver the Scouting program to its 2.3 million youth members, it is occasionally necessary for the National Council, Boy Scouts of America to increase membership fees to offset rising costs. As a result, the BSA is increasing the national membership fee to $33 for all registered Scouts and adult members effective December 1, 2017. This fee increase takes effect for all units rechartering this December.
Services provided by the National Council include primary liability insurance coverage for all volunteer leaders and chartered organizations, ongoing advances in technology, professional support, new program development and membership recruiting strategies, and support materials.
Even with the fee increase, Scouting remains an incredible value compared to other youth programs.
Locally, Washington Crossing Council recognizes that the timing of this announcement may cause units to have to revisit their program budgets as the fee increase will impact charter renewal costs. Our staff and district volunteers are available to assist your unit with fundraising efforts, including the popcorn sale.
During the charter renewal process, Washington Crossing Council will still collect the additional $2 per registered youth and adult for local accident and sickness insurance, an increase from $1 as previously announced Spring 2017. The $33 national registration fee per member, while collected by the council, is forwarded in its entirety to the National Council headquartered in Irving, Texas.