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BSA Membership Dues To Increase

The national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America has voted to increase the national membership dues from $24 to $33 per year.  This increase will take effect on December 1, 2017.  All new youth that register prior to December 1 will still be based on the current fee.  For the majority of our Scouts, this will take effect as our units recharter due in January. 

The decision to increase the national membership dues is based on a number of factors and with feedback from both volunteers and employees.  The national executive board only makes the decision to increase dues when all other revenue generation and cost cutting measures are exhausted.  This has allowed the Boy Scouts of America to still provide a quality program for less than $3 per month.

National dues support the services that are necessary to provide Scouting to youth from 7 to 21 years of age. From education to high-adventure experiences you can’t get anyplace else, the BSA provides unique growth opportunities at a great value.  Services include primary liability coverage for all volunteer leaders and chartered organizations, ongoing advances in technology, fundraising support, new program development and membership recruiting strategies, and support materials. In 2016 alone, the BSA served 2.3 million youth members through approximately 270 local councils across the United States and its territories.

The Boy Scouts of America is supported primarily through the national membership dues.  None of those dues stay with the Jayhawk Area Council.  The Jayhawk Area Council is supported primarily through Friends of Scouting, Special Event fundraising, popcorn sales, and activity fees.

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