BSA Membership Fee Increase
The Boy Scouts of America will increase its annual membership fee for youth and adults to $24 from $15, beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
For those who join after the beginning of the year, the fee will be prorated at $2 per month. This does include units with a Dec. 31, 2013, expiration date.
The change was announced at last week’s annual Top Hands meeting of professional Scouters in Washington, D.C. In a letter to Scouting professionals, Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock explained the reasoning behind the increase.
“First, I want to make clear that the Boy Scouts of America maintains a strong financial position,” he wrote. “In order to continue to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program, it is occasionally necessary to increase membership fees so that we can offset rising administrative costs.”
The BSA’s last fee increase — to $15 from $10 — was in 2010, and since then, the organization has taken steps to control and reduce costs. But “administrative costs have continued to rise faster than projected,” Brock wrote. “As always, our focus is to build the future leaders of this country by combining adventure, educational activities and lifelong values. The fee increase is a step we must take in order to continue providing the services you and our members expect and need.”
Wood Badge 2014Click here for more information.
March 28 - 30 & April 11 - 13 @ Camp Pirtle
Wood Badge is the premier adult leadership development course for the Boy Scouts of America. It teaches contemporary leadership and team-building skills in a comfortable outdoor setting, where learners become members of their own Troop.
Wood Badge’s effectiveness as a leadership development experience has been applauded by industry training professionals. Its positive influence on graduates’ individual unit-level programs is unparalleled.
For more information on the 2014 Wood Badge course, Contact the Course Director, David Bush at (903) 530-8830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Youth Protection Requirements
will require (effective immediately) ALL adults attending George W. Pirtle Scout Reservation overnight to have completed and show proof of Boy Scouts of America Youth Protection Training. To complete the required training, please click here. When you finish the online training, make sure to print your completion certificate. Make a copy and bring the copy with you to your event check-in at GWP. Proof of YPT will be mandatory at each overnight event held at Camp Pirtle. Youth Protection Training is valid for two years from the date of completion.
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