The National Office Boy Scouts of America has announced that the annual membership fee for youth and adults will change from $15 to $24 effective Jan. 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 Dec. 31, 2013, expiration date.
The new fee goes into effect with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council Charter Renewal Process.The change was announced at last week’s annual Top Hands meeting of professional Scouters in Washington, D.C. on August 30, 2013. In a letter to Scouting professionals, Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock explained the reasoning behind the increase.
“First, I want to make clear that the Boy Scouts of America maintains a strong financial position,” he wrote. “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.”
The BSA’s last fee increase – to $15 from $10 – was in 2010, and since then, the organization has taken steps to control and reduce costs. But “administrative costs have continued to rise faster than projected,” Brock wrote. “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 and our members expect and need.”
Please plan accordingly, fees for new youth and adult members during the Fall Membership Drive remain at the current rate:
The fee increase goes into effect with Charter Renewal. Your unit’s charter period in Northeastern Pennsylvania Council runs for twelve months from January 1 to December 31.
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