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Membership Fee Increase

I was disheartened to learn that the membership fee increase was going to hit earlier than I was expecting.  I was led to believe that we would have more time than we have to inform and educate our leadership on the membership fee increase and effects from the bankruptcy. 

I wanted to get this information to you as soon as possible, even though all of the details have not yet been provided.  I have already stated to the National Council my feelings about the timing of this increase and how detrimental it will be to our programs.  I understand the need for an increase especially in the face of rising liability insurance however units and families should be given adequate notice to prepare their budgets accordingly.  As soon as I know anything more, I will share that information with you. 

We have already decided that any late fees that we were going to impose are now off of the table.  We will distribute the packets as planned at the October roundtables.  They only thing not in them currently is the recharter roster. The Executive Board of the Tecumseh Council met last night at a regularly scheduled meeting.  We are trying to figure out a way to help the units and families with the membership fee increase. 

Together we will get through this membership fee increase.  Please let me know what we can do to help your unit get through this charter renewal process.

Sincerely,

Rob Lavoie

Scout Executive/CEO

Tecumseh Council, BSA

Cell:  937.925.2001

Office:  937.325.6449

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To: Scout Executives

CC: CSE Cabinet, Regional Directors, Area Directors, Group Directors

As we evaluate the growing cost of delivering the Scouting program, a vision team of volunteers and staff from across the country is considering the best way forward that will likely require us to implement a national membership fee increase for youth members and adult leaders as of January 1, 2020. This prospective change is being driven by the significant cost increase of the liability insurance we must carry to cover all official Scouting activities.

We do not know the amount of the increase at this time since this requires National Executive Committee input and approval.

Please know that we are only considering this change out of necessity, and we are committed to ensuring that all youth can experience the character-building benefits of Scouting regardless of their financial situation. That is why, in anticipation of a likely increase, we are working to establish a donor-funded BSA Registration Assistance Fund to provide financial support to those who need it. This fund will be in addition to the many existing council and unit membership assistance funds.

We recognize the timing of this likely fee increase creates challenges as units have already begun collecting fees for their 2020 registration renewal process. We sincerely apologize and hope you understand that we would not be pursuing this path were it not absolutely necessary to ensure the BSA can continue carrying out its mission to serve youth. We are committed to supporting you through this process and are making necessary adjustments to the online rechartering system to ensure units can carry out the normal yearly process with as few issues as possible.

We recognize this is neither easy information to hear, nor to convey, but we want to be transparent as we have information to share so you can prepare your units appropriately. We commit to providing the new registration fee no later than October 23, 2019, which would take effect on January 1, 2020. The rechartering system will still open on October 1st to allow units to do their roster work.

A brief FAQ is attached, and additional information will be available as details are confirmed.

2019 Registration Fee FAQ.pdf

Yours in Scouting,

Mike

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