October 23, 2019

 

To: Scouts, Scout Parents, and Scout Leaders

From: Andrew Jackson Council, Boy Scouts of America

Re: National Annual Membership Fee Increase

 

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 the 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.

Now as the Scouting mission continues, it is important that the Boy Scouts of America keep pace with an ever-changing world. While costs to the organization have increased every year, the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America has worked to keep the annual membership fee as low as possible by subsidizing core costs, including liability insurance to cover all official Scouting activities. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to subsidize at the levels of the past, especially as the cost of insurance has increased dramatically. Nationally, the cost was kept 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 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 National 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 BSA 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.

 

HOW THIS WILL WORK IN ANDREW JACKSON COUNCIL

 

The Andrew Jackson Council, BSA, is NOT increasing its Program & Insurance Fee this year, which will remain at $27 per person (youth and adults) per year at this time. 

 

Andrew Jackson Council previously announced, due to numerous requests from our unit leaders and other volunteers, that beginning in 2020 Andrew Jackson Council is going to a July 1 to June 30 charter year.  (We made that determination not knowing that National fees would be changed.)  As part of the transition to the new recharter period, all units will recharter this one time only for a six-month period of January 1, 2020, to June 30, 2020.  The total 6-month registration fee effective January 1, 2020, to June 30, 2020, including both the increased National fee and the unchanged Andrew Jackson Council fee, will be one-half of the annual fee, as follows:

 

  • $43.50 for youth members in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouts,
  • $31.50 for youth members in Exploring, and
  • $31.50 for adult members

 

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 women and men today so they can become the leaders we will turn to tomorrow. From once-in-a-lifetime adventures to merit badges that spark interests in 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. The Andrew Jackson Council is committed to continuing the Scholarship Fund for program adventures, uniforms, books, and membership fees, which is funded entirely through donations, to provide additional financial support to those who need it.


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

ANDREW JACKSON COUNCIL
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

855 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202
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Phone:601-948-6111
Fax:601-948-6117
Web:bsa-jackson.org
 

JACKSON SCOUT SHOP

855 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202
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Phone:601-355-7047
 

HOOD SCOUT RESERVATION

8065 Old Port Gibson Rd
Hazelhurst, MS 39083
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Phone:601-948-6111
 

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