Here is an except from our Council:
Membership Fee Increase
The National Boy Scouts of America Executive Board announced today a general fee increase from $33.00
to $60.00 effective January 1, 2020 including all December 2019 charter renewal units. Specific fees will
include ($60 for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts), ($36 for youth
members in Exploring), ($36 for adult members), ($60 for Unit Charter Fee).
While costs to the organization have increased every year, the Boy Scouts of America has worked to keep
the annual membership fee as low as possible by subsidizing core costs, including liability insurance
required to cover all official Scouting activities. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to subsidize at this
same level, especially as the cost of insurance has increased dramatically.
We know the timing of this decision is difficult and hope our previous communications have helped
prepare your unit as we head into 2020. Every dollar of the membership fee goes to National BSA to
fund essential services like, curriculum and program resources including ScoutBook, Youth Protection,
criminal background checks and personal safety training, technology upgrades and certainly liability
insurance for those participating in approved Scouting activities. These critical services are necessary to
deliver a safe, exciting and adventurous program to our youth.
While many councils across the nation are currently charging local membership fees as high as $12 in
addition to the national fee, the Coastal Georgia Council’s executive board voted in September NOT to
implement additional member fees. Coastal Georgia will simply require units to continue
accident/sickness coverage at $3.00 / member which remains the same as in previous years.
There you have it…