Membership Fee Increase Communication from the National Council

Fee Increase FAQ - 10-23-19.pdf

Registration and Boys' Life Subscription Fee Chart.pdf

Recharter Fee Sheet.pdf - for Packs, Troops and Crews

Recharter Fee Sheet - Exploring.pdf - for Posts ONLY

For more than 100 years, Scouting has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun and adventure in the outdoors. At Boy Scouts of America, we are dedicated to developing leaders of character by preparing young men and women for life by instilling in them 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.

Here in Tecumseh Council, Scouting serves more than 3,200 youth in 5 counties. Now as we continue the Scouting mission, it is important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world. 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 we must carry to cover all official Scouting activities. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to subsidize at the level we have in the past, especially as the cost of insurance has increased dramatically. We kept the cost low to make Scouting available to as many young people as possible but keeping the cost artificially low for many years now magnifies the impact of changes.

To ensure we have the resources to fulfill the promise of Scouting despite increasing operating costs, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America has made the difficult but necessary decision to increase the annual membership fee effective January 1, 2020 to:

  • $60 for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts,
  • $36 for youth members in Exploring, and
  • $36 for adult members

Every dollar of the national membership fee will go toward the cost of essential services, including liability insurance for those participating in approved Scouting activities, program resources, safety standards, youth protection and personal safety training, and services to councils nationwide to sustain Scouting. The National organization will also continue to develop and improve resources that support our volunteers and youth members such as online registration, Member Care and Scoutbook, which now includes the Den Leader experience to ensure the safe and consistent delivery of Cub Scouting; as well as improvements aimed at simplifying the annual renewal process. In Tecumseh Council, we will continue to bring Scouting to our communities and family through a variety of experiences especially at Camp Hugh Taylor Birch.

Across the country and in our own community, we know that Scouting remains one of the most valuable investments we can make to support young men and women today so they can become the leaders we will turn to tomorrow. From once-in-a-lifetime adventures to merit badges that spark interests and future careers; from campouts under the stars to service projects that leave a lasting impact on our communities; Scouting’s year-round program expands horizons and provides young people with a safe and welcoming place to learn, grow, and thrive.

That is why we are committed to ensuring that all youth can experience the character-building benefits of Scouting regardless of their financial situation. In addition to our existing council and unit membership assistance, we have established a national Growing Future Leaders Fund, which is funded entirely through donations, to provide additional financial support to those who need it.

The Tecumseh Council is offering a Special Unit Fundraiser where the council will secure the products for you to sell. The unit will make 60% of the sale.  We will be offering a sale beginning in mid-November and then another sale in mid-January. Most of you would know it as the “Nuts for Scouting” fundraiser.  In years past, the unit made 35% of the profits from the sale.  The Council is foregoing any profits we would make and passing them on to you. 

Thank you for your continued role in empowering a generation of future leaders of character through Scouting programs.

Yours In Scouting,

Robert C. Lavoie Jr.

Scout Executive/CEO

Tecumseh Council, BSA