The National Board of the BSA announced Wednesday, October 23rd that National Registration Fee increases would be effective with our new re-chartering year (January 1st, 2020). The breakdown of fee changes are as follows:
- Unit Charter Fee will go from $40 to $60
- National Registration Fee for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers and Sea Scouts
will go from $33 to $60.
- National Registration Fee for Adults and Explorers will go from $33 to $36
A January 1st fee change means units will be charged the new fees when processing their re-chartering paperwork in November and December. With the announcement of a national fee increase, the Council will be continuing its commitment to subsidize half of the unit insurance costs and keep the insurance fee to $6 per member.
We know that Scouting remains one of the most valuable investments we can make to support young men and women today so they can become the leaders we will turn to tomorrow. It’s important to note that even with a fee increase, the Boy Scouts of America offers a quality program of character building and leadership development that is unparalleled with other youth-serving organizations. When you compare the myriad of activities a child may participate in, Scouting program fees are substantially lower than the vast majority of other youth program’s registration costs.
It is our goal to be able to fulfill the promise of Scouting to all youth and we will continue to bring the value of Scouting to our community and families. While we recognize that rising participation costs are a concern for families, I ask that you consider how Scouting is more than a single short-term program or activity. The values, life lessons, and personal development each child is afforded through the Boy Scouts of America become part of their character — indelible traits as they mature into adults. We have a strong program that is helping to give young boys and girls a solid foundation of life skills that help them discover their full potential.
For years the Boy Scouts of America have intentionally suppressed the National Registration Fee to try and keep Scouting affordable to all families. However, it is just not sustainable and is longer possible for the BSA to subsidize fees at the level it has in the past. Unfortunately, that means a fee increase to all of us at this time.
Thank you for your support of Scouting and commitment to the development of character and leadership in youth and your understanding as these changes are implemented.