The BSA National Council announced last week that registration fees for youth and adult members of the Boy Scouts of America will increase from $15 to $24 per year, effective on January 1, 2014. This will impact all of the Simon Kenton Council, beginning with a majority of packs, troops, teams and crews with charter renewal dates of December 31, 2013.
Please understand, none of this pass-through registration fee stays with our local council – 100% is sent to the National Council.
From National Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock:
” . . . the Boy Scouts of America maintains a strong financial position. In order to continue to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program, it is occasionally necessary to increase membership fees so that we can offset rising administrative costs. For this reason, the Boy Scouts of America is increasing its membership fee from $15 to $24 per year for all registered Scouts and adults effective January 1, 2014. For those who join after the beginning of the year, the fee will be prorated at $2 per month. This does include units with a December 31, 2013, expiration date.
The Boy Scouts of America last increased fees in 2010. Since that time, we have taken additional steps to control and reduce costs, but administrative costs have continued to rise faster than projected. The National Executive Committee began discussions about increasing membership fees in 2012. . . (Last) week, the executive committee approved the recommendation to increase membership fees. It is important to note that this process began well before the decision was made to change the membership standards policy for youth . . .
As always, our focus is to build the future leaders of this country by combining adventure, educational activities, and lifelong values. The fee increase is a step we must take in order to continue providing the services you as our members expect and need. With your help, we will continue accomplishing incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.”