Scouting, through its various programs,
provides year-round positive experiences, activities, and fellowship for youth
ages 7 to 21. From education to high adventure, the Boy Scouts of America
provides unique growth opportunities at a great value. In order to support the
delivery of the nation’s foremost youth development program, occasionally it is
necessary for the organization to increase its membership fees to offset rising
costs and prepare for the future. For this reason, the Boy Scouts of America is
increasing its membership fee from $15 to $24 per year for all registered youth
and adult leaders effective January 1, 2014.
At just $2 a month, these membership fees support the services that are
necessary to provide Scouting to youth. Services include primary liability
coverage for all volunteer leaders and chartered organizations, ongoing
advances in technology, fundraising support, new program development, and
support materials. There are a variety of factors that have led to the
increased cost such as liability insurance costs, enhancements to technology
platforms and increased costs of criminal background checks.
In 2012 alone, the Boy Scouts of America served 2.6 million youth members
through 280 local councils across the United States and its territories. With
the help of all of our volunteers and Scouting parents, we will continue
accomplishing incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.