National Council of Boy Scouts of America Announces
Membership Fee Increase for 2014
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 December 31, 2013 expiration date.
The Boy Scouts of America last increased fees in 2010. Since that time, additional steps have been taken to control and reduce costs, but administrative costs have continued to rise greater than projected. While membership fees are being collected by the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America for our local Scouts, the dollars will be forwarded to National to provide services for our youth on a national level.
Who pays the new $24 registration fee?
A. All youth and adult registrations for traditional Scouting with an effective date of January 1, 2014 or later will have a registration fee based on the $24 registration rate. This includes all additional enrollments to current units, new units, and charter renewals.
Who gets the membership fee?
A. The local council collects, and forwards to the National Council, membership fees from each youth and adult who wishes to become a member of the Boy Scouts of America. The local council also pays an annual service fee to the national council, the basis for which has not been increased since 1993.
What does the National Council do for Scouting on the local level?
A. Simply put, the Boy Scouts of America National Council provides program materials and support for 280 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
- Maintain a national training center at Philmont
- Develop and maintain four year-round national high-adventure bases and execute national events (jamborees, National Eagle Scout Association and Order of the Arrow conferences, and National Council meetings)
- 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, extensive financial counseling, planned giving and 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
- Make available uniforms, equipment, and program supplies
- Maintain and develop new relationships with chartered organizations that use the Scouting program (religious institutions, civic organizations, labor unions, professional organizations, business, and industry)
- 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
How is the National Council funded?
A. The National Council is funded through membership and service fees, investments, Boys’ Life magazine subscriptions, sale of uniforms and equipment, fees from national high-adventure bases, and contributions from individuals.