|Hello Great Volunteers of GNYC,|
As we move into the fall, we are excited for another great year of Scouting with new Scouts, awesome opportunities for families and big new adventures!
Families are attracted to Scouting because of the unique and impactful opportunities that our program offers. They also enjoy a very reasonably priced program, especially when you compare Scouting to other youth activities. National BSA has always been committed to keeping membership fees as low as possible, even while costs continue to grow programs.
Membership fees go directly to National BSA to pay for program curriculum, safety standards, training, Youth Protection resources and criminal background checks, and insurance coverage for official Scouting activities.
As National BSA evaluates growing costs, a team of volunteers and staff from across the country is considering the best way forward that will likely require a national membership fee increase for youth and adult leaders as of January 1. The Greater New York Councils do not know the amount of the increase at this time. Please know that National BSA is considering this change out of necessity, and they are committed to ensuring that all youth will be able to experience the character-building benefits of Scouting regardless of their financial situation. While most families understand the need for annual cost increases, we recognize the timing creates challenges.
National BSA has committed to providing the new registration fee by the end of October, which would take effect on January 1.
We commit to providing additional information as it becomes available to us. As a means to keep costs to our Scouting families to a minimum, please feel free to reach out to your District Professional for unit fundraising support and ideas. On behalf of the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America, thank you for your leadership in Scouting.
|Yours in Scouting,|
|Ethan V. DraddyScout Executive||Joseph SchiltzDirector of Field Service|