From National Council Commissioner Facebook feed:
Just announced at Top Hands at the end of August, BSA will increase registration fees by $9 (to $33 per year) effective 1 December. Please get this information to your units ASAP as it most likely affects many units as they enter their prime membership recruiting season when annual dues/fees are often collected.
This fee increase comes 47 months after the last fee increase, but I personally wish to apologize for what some may find to be a very short fused notification. While it may not make the ‘pill’ any easier to swallow, I do want to let you know that after considerable personal communications on this topic I have been assured that this fee increase and the timing was unavoidable.
From the FAQs included in Thursday’s Scout Executive Council Packet Special Edition communication this fee change will affect Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, Sea Scout ships, and Exploring posts/clubs. However, it will NOT apply to LDS-sponsored units, nor to those units with council-paid memberships.
If you have additional questions, please contact your Scout Executive.
If this is confirmed by Crossroads of America Council that will make the cost 2018 membership $33.00 dues and $1.00 local insurance = $34.00.
UPDATED 9/6/17: Crossroads of America Council’s Council Commissioner Ron Penczek has confirmed the dues increase with the following email:
I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend.
I understand that over the weekend, there have been some Social Media discussions on BSA membership fee increases. I wanted to take a moment to provide the official guidance that was received over the weekend allowing you to work with your units as questions and concerns arise.
As I know you are aware, the mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. To do this — while delivering the nation’s foremost youth development program — the BSA must remain vigilant in controlling costs. Although we have been successful in reducing our expenditures in many areas, it has become necessary to evaluate our annual membership fees.
Based on feedback from both volunteers and employees, the BSA membership fee will increase to $33 for all registered youth and adult leaders, effective December 1, 2017.
Services funded by our membership fee include; primary liability coverage for all volunteer leaders and chartered organizations, ongoing advances in technology, fundraising support, new program development, membership recruiting strategies, and support materials.
In 2016, the BSA served approximately 2.3 million youth members through approximately 270 councils. With the help of all our volunteers we will continue toaccomplish the mission of Scouting for young people and the communities we serve.
Attached is a Membership Fee typical question and answer sheet to reference when talking with volunteers. You are welcome to start communicating the fee increase with your district and unit leadership. I will be meeting with our Section Commissioners to ensure any additional tools needed are available for Section meetings in September. Once again thank you for all your leadership and support.
Yours in Scouting,
Ronald W. Penczek
[As sent on his behalf by:]
Karrie Schlegel | Executive Assistant supporting;
Scout Executive: Patrick Sterrett
Director of Field Services: Nathan Young
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Ron makes reference to an FAQ on the subject. It is available here.
UPDATE 9/29: Interesting price comparison of youth activities.