National BSA Membership Fee Increase
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. 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.
Here in the Northeast Georgia Council, we are serving nearly 30,000 Scouts and Scout leaders in 26 counties, and as we continue Scouting’s mission, it is important that the BSA keeps pace with an ever-changing world. While costs to the organization have increased every year, the Boy Scouts of America has worked to keep the annual membership fee as low as possible by subsidizing core costs, including liability insurance that must be carried to cover all official Scouting activities. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to subsidize at the level that has been in the past, especially as the cost of insurance has increased so dramatically. The National Office has kept the cost low to make Scouting available to as many young people as possible, but keeping the cost artificially low for many years has now magnified the impact of the necessary changes.
To ensure that the resources are available to fulfill the promise of Scouting despite increasing operating costs, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America 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 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. In the Northeast Georgia Council, we will continue to deliver Scouting to our communities and families through our Council and District operations, outstanding camps, and dedicated volunteers and staff.
Across the country and in our own community, we know that Scouting remains one of the most valuable investments we can make to support young people today. From once-in-a-lifetime adventures, 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.
Please know that our Council leadership is committed to ensuring that all youth can experience the character-building benefits of Scouting, regardless of their financial situation. If there are Scouts who need assistance, please contact your District Executive or one of our service centers.
Thanks for your commitment to this special program.