Registration Fee Notice from Patriots’ Path Council

NOTICE TO PATRIOTS’ PATH COUNCIL SCOUTS AND SCOUTERS

September 1, 2017

Effective December 1, 2017, the National Council, Boy Scouts of America, is raising the fee to be a member in the Boy Scouts of America from $24.00 per person annually, to $33.00 per person annually.

Patriots’ Path Council has chosen to absorb the increase for all new registrations in the month of December. We will start collecting the new $33.00 fee with the 2018 rechartering.

Questions and Answers from the National Council:

  1. Why are you increasing the membership fee? What is the additional money from the fees going to be used for?

To deliver the Scouting program to our 2.3 million youth members, it is occasionally necessary for the organization to increase membership fees to offset rising costs. As a result, the BSA is increasing our membership fee to $33 for all registered Scouts and adult members effective December 1, 2017.

Membership fees support the services that are necessary to provide Scouting programs to a growing number of youth. Services include ongoing advances in technology, council visits to assist in fundraising, program development and membership campaigns, liability insurance costs, and administrative costs. It is important that we continue to maintain a strong financial position in the future to support and grow Scouting.

  1. Does the BSA increase membership fees often?

There have been 10 fee increases in the organization’s history. Since 1969, the BSA has increased our fee, on average, every five years. The last membership increase took effect on January 1, 2014, and, prior to that, in 2010.

  1. Who gets the membership fee?

Local councils collect — and forward to the National Council — membership fees from each youth and adult who wishes to become a member of the Boy Scouts of America.

  1. How is the National Council funded?

The National Council is funded through membership and service fees, investments, Boys’ Life magazine subscriptions, sales of uniforms and equipment, fees from national high-adventure bases, and contributions from individuals.

  1. What does the National Council do for Scouting on the local level?

The BSA’s National Council provides program materials and support for approximately 270 local councils that administer the Scouting program, with each covering a specific geographic territory. The following are the key functions of the National Council:

  • Provide training to local council volunteers and staff
  • Develop and maintain four year-round national high-adventure bases and execute national events (jamborees, Order of the Arrow conferences, etc.)
  • Continue our leadership role in protecting our youth by providing youth protection resources, training, and criminal background checks for all registered volunteers and staff
  • Provide local councils with program as well as tools for camp and office planning and evaluation, financial counseling, fundraising information, and professional personnel support
  • Coordinate a communications network through magazines and literature (handbooks, merit badge pamphlets, brochures, training materials, and professional development training), including providing Scouting magazine to all registered leaders
  • Maintain and develop new relationships with chartered organizations that use the Scouting program (religious institutions, civic organizations, labor unions, professional organizations, business, and industry)
  • Make available uniforms, equipment, and program supplies
  • Serve in a leadership role with Scouting associations in other countries as a member of the World Scout Conference
  • Set and maintain program standards (e.g., advancement, health and safety, etc.) to ensure consistency of the brand throughout councils across the country
  1. With the increase in membership fees, is Scouting still a good value?

The BSA has always taken into consideration the cost of delivering the Scouting program and has worked to keep our fees reasonable. When you compare the BSA to other youth-serving organizations, including youth sports, BSA provides unique growth opportunities at a great value.