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National BSA Fee Increase and CBC Renewal for 2020

To: Jayhawk Area Council Families and Volunteers

Subject: National Fee Increase and Criminal Background Check Renewal for 2020

On September 17, all local BSA Councils were notified by the Chief Scout Executive that a vision team of volunteers and staff from across the country has evaluated the growing cost of delivering the Scouting program.  It was recommended the best way forward likely requires a national membership fee increase for youth members and adult leaders effective January 1, 2020.  The announcement stated the following:

“We recognize the timing of this 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 do not know the amount of the increase at this time since this requires National Executive Committee input and approval.  We will be notified no later than the end of October.  We are committed to sharing this information as soon as we have an official update.  The online recharter system will open on October 1 as it normally does; however, units will be unable to calculate or submit final payment until the national membership fee increase is announced.

We have also been notified the BSA will implement periodic criminal background checks on a five-year basis beginning January 2020.  In preparation for this, the required disclosures and authorization documents have been updated to ensure compliance with current local, state, and federal laws.  The National Service Center will send an email with the updated background check disclosures and authorization form documents around October 7 to all currently registered adults who have a valid email address listed in the BSA's membership system.  All currently registered adults need to review both documents.  These forms will be available at roundtables and other applicable gatherings for registered adults who do not have an up-to-date or accurate email address listed in the BSA membership system.  The “Additional Disclosures & Background Check Authorization” form must be signed for each registered adult using an ink/wet signature is required for annual registration to be processed along with your unit recharter or, for district and council volunteers, returned to the Rolley Scout Service Center.  Electronic signatures will not be accepted.

The national membership fee increase and the Criminal Background Check renewal are all being instituted so that the BSA can continue to safely provide life-changing programs in our local communities.  We acknowledge these changes are inconvenient, poorly timed, and may in some cases pose financial challenges for our families.  Should anyone in your unit require financial assistance as a result of these fee increases, please contact the Rolley Scout Service Center at 785-354-8541.


Yours in Scouting,

H. Philip Elwood Ken Roemer Wayne Pancoast 

Council President Council Commissioner Scout Executive

Instructions on how to update your email address in my.scouting:

New Background Check Forms

Form 1: Background Check Disclosure

Form 2: Additional Disclosures and Authorization (must be signed and returned)

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