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National Membership Price Increase

National Membership Price Increase

Below is the letter sent on October 23, 2019 to the Greater St. Louis Area Council Scout Leaders and Scout Families


October 23, 2019

Greater St. Louis Area Council Scout Leaders and Parents,

The National Boy Scouts of America has always been committed to keeping annual membership fees low by subsidizing core costs. Unfortunately, it’s no longer possible for the BSA to subsidize at the current level, especially as the cost of insurance has increased dramatically. Annual membership fees go directly to the BSA National Council to pay for program development and delivery, safe Scouting standards, training, youth protection safeguards, liability insurance for official Scouting activities for our leaders and chartered organizations as well as criminal background checks and other means to keep Scouting safe, fun, and effective.

To ensure the resources required to fulfill the promise of Scouting, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America has just informed The Greater St. Louis Area Council it has made the difficult but necessary decision to increase the annual membership fee effective January 1, 2020 to:

Our families are attracted to Scouting because of the unique and highly impactful opportunities the BSA program offers. Even with this new fee, Scouting continues to be a very reasonably priced program especially when you compare Scouting to other youth activities. The National Council and the Greater St. Louis Area Council are committed to doing whatever they can so all youth will be able to experience the character-building benefits of Scouting regardless of their financial situation.

We are dedicated to developing leaders of character by preparing young men and women for life by instilling the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The timeless ideals of the Scout Law, such as being trustworthy, helpful, kind and brave, make up the foundation young people need to address and overcome challenges in their lives and the issues facing their generation.

As always, The Greater St. Louis Area Council continues to be committed to our members, families, and chartered organizations. We apologize for the inconvenience and difficulty this may place on your families, unit, and its leadership. Thank you for your involvement in positively impacting kids and changing communities through the Scouting program.

If you have any questions or wish additional information, please contact your District Executives or Joe Sadewasser, Director of Field Service, at joe.sadewasser@scouting.org.