Membership Fee Change

The Boy Scouts of America has announced an increase in the National membership fee. The fee will increase from $24 to $33 for all registered youth and adult leaders. This is an increase of $0.75 monthly and will be effective December 1, 2017.  All of these funds go directly to the National Boy Scout of America.

It is important to note, our National organization has not increased fees since 2014.  Prior to that, fees increased in 2010.

The annual National membership fees DO NOT go to the De Soto Area Council.  It does go towards support services such as:

  1. Primary liability coverage for all volunteer leaders and chartered organizations
  2. Ongoing advances in technology
  3. Scout program development
  4. Membership recruiting strategies
  5. Other support materials

The primary reason for the increased fee is the escalating cost of the General Liability Insurance Program. The National Council has been subsidizing this program for several years through their endowment fund. This is no longer a sustainable model.

The De Soto Area Council pays for and ensures that all our Scouts are covered in accident and sickness insurance for all Scout activities at the Council and at the unit level.    

We know that many units have planned their budgets for the year based on the previous fee and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and your Scouting families.    

Ted Woodlock